FANTASTIC FOUR #16-17: Brush My Teeth and Call Me Smiley (1963)


The first FF two-parter! First of all, Thing invents a new saying that I really wish had caught on. “Brush my teeth and call me smiley!” I think I’ll start using it.

Second of all, Doctor Doom introduces us all to “The Micro-World,” a very early precursor to the Microverse. They call on Ant-Man for help to deal with Doom’s shrinking technology.

In any event, Thing genuinely falls down a hole. Up to now, he’s busted up through a floor—this falling down a hole is more of what will continue to happen to him. It’s a running gag.
Creators: Lee/Ditko
First appearances: None

Grade: B+

For the complete history of the MU, year by year, go here.

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