I love these kinda panels. The villain in this issue was lame (“Miracle Man”).
Sue took him on alone while Reed smoked a pipe.
And it was the first appearance of the Fantasti-Car.
Which replaced the far less cool Fantasti-Copter.
It was also the time they got their cool blue costumes with the chest 4s.
And perhaps most importantly…
Reed goes into ball mode for the first time.
I almost made this a two-issue arc, because it ends with a cliffhanger. Human Torch storms off (no pun intended) at the end, and seems to have quit the team. How many times can the FF break up or lose a member? Many. But this was the first.
First appearances: The Fantasti-Car, FF’s new costumes.