Saturday, October 16, 2021

Thomas Moudry:

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Fantastic Four number #1 redone in a GIANT hardcover volume. Need we say more?



Maximum Fantastic Four

Make no mistake about it: Fantastic Four no. 1 was an event. Sure, there had been Timely and Atlas before Stan “The Man” Lee and Jack “The King” Kirby offered up their answer to DC’s successful Justice League of America, but this single comic book ushered in the Marvel Age of Comics… and the world would never be the same.

This hefty coffee table book celebrates the impact of that watershed first issue by offering up the entire story of the Fantastic Four’s origin and their earliest encounter with the malevolent Mole-Man in a format that literally showcases one panel per page. Here is Kirby’s artwork at its bombastic best! Heck, a fold-out section even enhances Mr. Fantastic’s stretching powers! Toss in an intriguing essays on the FF’s significance to comic book history by Mark Evanier, and you’ve got a package no Friend of Ol’ Marvel should be without!

Face front, True Believers! Maximum Fantastic Four is most deserving of a prime position on your beloved bookshelf.


Thomas Moudry is a long-standing writer for ComicBase. His work has appeared in Larry Elmore’s Women of the Woods, Stephanie Law's Such Is the Way of the Faeries, as well as the Teacher's Discovery's Of Mice and Men Navigational Novel Guide. That said, he's also a happily married English teacher who leads a fairly quiet life in a small town, publishes some freelance projects here and there, and generally enjoys his existence. For the inquiring, Thomas can be reached via e-mail at Please use “ComicBase” as the subject line.

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