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.

Creators: Lee/Kirby.
First appearances: The Fantasti-Car, FF’s new costumes.
Grade: C+

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