We went back to the origin story of the Marvel comics universe and read The Fantastic Four: Masterworks Volume 1, a collection of the first ten issues from Stan Lee and Jack Kirby back in 1961. When scientist Reed Richards, pilot Ben Grimm, Reed’s girlfriend Sue Storm and her brother Johnny take an experimental flight to space, they return changed. They’re developed superpowers! Some of them find this helpful, others find it a curse, but they decide to stick together and use their abilities for good and serve New York City as its new superheroes, The Fantastic Four! They fight all kinds of madcap villains from the shape-shifting Skrull aliens to Namor the Sub-Mariner to Dr. Doom. We discuss the wacky charm of these comics and what we would do with the characters if we could reinvent Marvel’s first family for our own 1960’s adventure!
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