FANTASTIC FOUR #220-221

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The first issues where Byrne is credited for providing both “words and pictures” are a self-contained IMG_0801jumble of a story with no real significance.  However, they are interesting from an historical perspective.

They begin with each team member doing a “street level” job.  Ben saves some people from a falling crane.  Sue saves some window washers whose platform breaks underneath them.  Torch stops a plan from crashing.  Reed…Doesn’t do squat.  He’s too busy remembering his own origin and lecturing Sue about the scientific causes of the Northern Lights.

But this is really the first time that the FF rescue common-folk from every day threats.  The team was always a “family,” but this is the beginning of them being truly “human.”  They’re not bullying landlords or making fun of muggers, they’re doing good in the world.

We also see them go to Canada, John Byrne’s native land, where they meet Vindicator. For those of you who don’t know, or forgot, John Byrne was the man who made Alpha Flight a fan- and cult-favorite team.

After this issue, Byrne goes away for a while–to be replaced by the Moon Knight team of Doug Moench and Bill Sienkiewicz.

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