THE FANTASTIC FOUR #35 (1965)


This issue is titled, “Calamity on the campus!” and that’s really all you need to know about it.  When he wrote this issue, Stan Lee really, really wanted to be a novelist.  Writing comics was his second choice.  So, making the best of it, he tried to encourage an older readership—like college kids.  That way, he could be hip, happening, and with it.

On the plus side: Dragon Man!  A robot creature created by a college professor, imbued with extra power by the evil magician Diablo.  He just got out of jail.  Seriously.  Five issues after he caused major problems.

The Marvel Universe criminal justice system is soft on crime.

Then, at the end of the issue, Reed Richards proposes to Susan Storm.

Creators: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
First appearance: Dragon Man
Grade: B+.  It’s not a great read (and not a terrible one), but Sue and Reed getting engaged is pretty damn important.

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