And this brings us to my review of Fantastic Four #111 (June 1971). It was Buscema’s third in the run and I think you’ll enjoy it. The art is noticeably different, with Buscema’s Bronze Age pencils gently pushing the FF away from Kirby’s Silver Age magic. But that's not a problem -- it still maintains the fantastical and nostalgic element that characterizes early Bronze ages comics. The story involves The Thing running amok with the fault lying squarely in the lap of another Reed Richards experiment gone awry.
But the plot isn't the strength of this issue -- it's the cameos. They are BIG. Most obviously, the Hulk at the end, who decides to fight the Thing leading to the classic cover of #112. Here is the last page:
But there’s also these guys:
Yes, that's Peter Parker! Not Spider-Man, in some cover-killing “With a Special Guest Star!” but the photographer and his nasty editor. I’ve long been a sceptic when it comes to gratuitous cover-making cameos. You know, the type that adorn the cover of a dying title like ROM or Darkhawk; 5 to 7 issues away from cancellation? But here, it really works! It integrates Peter and the Daily Bugle into the story and gives us what we've always loved about Marvel -- multi-hero interaction!
Other interesting items of note include an advertisement featuring a very young Arnold Schwarznegger using his Mr. Universe bona fides to sell something. Also, in the Mighty Marvel Checklist there’s further evidence of the X-Men’s decline, before their triumphant return and ultimate apotheosis in the early 1990s. I know I’ve mentioned this item on WGTB before, but I’ll always find the early 70s decline of the X-Men interesting.
So that is it. Enjoy FF#111 if you can find it -- it's another fun, early-Bronze Age read. Oh, and here's a link to some Thor movie photos if you're interested. I just saw them on Twitter this evening.