FANTASTIC FOUR #8 (1962)

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In this issue, we meet Puppet Masters and his stepdaughter, the blind Alicia Masters.  This is not only the most interesting villain relationship we’ve seen so far in the nascent Marvel Universe, it’s still one of their deepest and most developed side-character stories.  But the main heroes vs. villain tale in this story is almost overshadowed by the first intentional transformation of Thing to Ben Grimm.

This is the first issue where we learn Reed Richards is secretly trying to cure his friend. 

Creators: Stan and Jack

Firsts: First time Reed tries to cure Ben, first appearances of Puppet Master and Alicia Masters.

Grade: B+.  And if it weren’t for so many other great issues of FF in 1962, this would be an A.

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