This is the first time that the Fantastic Four, as a team, meet the Uncanny X-Men–but Stan is quick to point out that Human Torch has met one of the X-Men earlier.
You gotta love the constant continuity references.
Puppet Master controls Professor X, and gets him to tell the X-Men to attack the Fantastic Four.
They do all kinds of cool things to them, like freezing Thing’s feet, and wrapping Reed up like a garden hose.
But apparently Beast lacks the ability to jump off a ball.
Or otherwise adjust his tactics. In fact, Mr. Fantastic seems a little too skillful in this issue.
At the start of the issue, Ben and Alica have a little conversation and we see that she is a sculptress. This is just another layer to the coolness that is the relationship between Puppet Master, his daughter, and Thing. I love this triangle–it’s one of my favorites in Marvel Comics.
Awesome Android is in this issue, too, with his creator The Mad Thinker. Briefly.
Last but not least: Thing falls in a hold again.
I told you it happens a lot during the Lee and Kirby days….
Creators: Stan and Jack
First: Meeting of X-Men and F4.