I’ve read every issue of The Fantastic Four, and shared a panel from just about every issue with you, my readers.  Below are links to the issues and ratings of the various creator runs.

Fantastic Four Volume 1

Stan Lee/Jack Kirby. Grade: A+.

Note: This is the most creative run in comics history.
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Lee/ (mostly) John Buscema. Grade: B-

Archie Goodwin and John Buscema.  Grade: F

Roy Thomas and John Buscema.  Grade: B

Gerry Conway/(mostly) Buscema, Rich Buckler. Grade: C-

136-137, 138-139, 140-142, 143-144, 145-146, 147-149, 150 (crossover with Avengers #127), 151-153 (#153 written by Tony Isbella)

Len Wein and Rich Buckler.  Grade: B-


154
and 155

Thomas/(mostly) Buckler. Grade: B-

155-157 (with Silver Surfer and Mephisto), 158-159, 160, 161-163

Thomas, Len Wein, Jim Shooter/(mostly) George Perez. Grade: A

164-165, 166-167, 168-170 (Power Man joins the team), 171-175, 176 (Impossible Man moves into the Baxter Building), 177, 178-183, 184, 185-186, 187, 188, 191 (F4 break up), 192

Bill Mantlo and Keith Pollard.  Grade: B-


193-194

Marv Wolfman/Keith Pollard, John Byrne. Grade: A-

195, 196-200 (F4 reunite), 201202 (art by John Buscema), 203204-206, 207, 208-213, 214, 215-216, 217

Bill Mantlo/John Byrne.  Grade: C

218 (crossover with Spectacular Spider-Man #42),

Doug Moench/ Bill Sienkiewicz. Grade: B

219, 222-223, 224-226 (with Thor), 227, 228,

John Byrne. Grade: A+

220-221, 229-231232, 233234235, 236, 237, 238 (Frankie Raye gets her powers), 239, 240 (Inhumans go to the moon), 241, 242-244245246-247248249-250, 251-256 (negative zone saga), 258-260, 261-262 (the trial of Reed Richards) 263-
264
, 265 (She Hulk joins), 266-267, 268, 269-270, 271-273, 274, 275 (She Hulk vs. Paparazzi), 276-277278-279280-284 (Sue becomes Invisible Woman), 285286 (crossover with Avengers 263, the return of Jean Grey), 287288289-292, 293-295 (transitions to new creative team)

Roger Stern/(mostly) Buscema. Grade: C+

294-295, 296 (25th anniversary issue), 297-299,
300
, 301-302, 303 (with Power Pack)

Steve Englehart/(mostly) Buscema, Pollard. Grade: B-

304305, 306-312 (female Thing), 313-315, 316-319320321323-325326-333,

Walt Simonson/Simonson (mostly). Grade: A

334-336 (Acts of Vengeance crossover), 337-339340, 341342 (fill-in issue by Danny
Fingeroth), 343-344345346, 347-348 (the new Fantastic Four: Ghost Rider, Spider-Man, Hulk and Wolverine (Art Adams on art), 349350351 (fill-in by Len Kaminsky and Mark Bagely), 352353-354

Tom DeFalco/Paul Ryan (mostly). Grade: D

355356-359 (revises and retcons Walt Simonson’s run), 360, 361, 362-365, 366-370 (vs. Thanos), 371-373374, 375-377378-380381-382 (Reed dies), 383-384 (Scott Lang joins the team), 385-386,
387
388-392393394395-399, 400, 401-402403-405 (new Ant-Man costume), 406, 407 (Reed returns), 408, 409, 410-411, 412, 413, 414-415 (Onslaught tie-in), 416 (final issue of volume 1)

Fantastic Four Volume 2

Brandon Choi, Jim Lee. Grade: B-

1, 2-3, 4, 5, 678-910-12 , 13

Fantastic Four Volume 3

Scott Lobdell and Alan Davis.  Grade: B.

1, 2, 3

Claremont/Larroca.  Grade: F

4-33

Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Marin, Jeph Loeb
(cowriters)/Carlos Pacheco (art).  Grade: B

35-36, 37 (featuring Damage Control), 40, 41, 42-44, 52-54 (Jeff Johnson art)

Note: issue 42 begins double numbering as Volume 1, #471
55 (fill-in by Karl Kesel and Stuart Immonen).  Grade: A
Mark Waid/(mostly) Mike Wieringo. Grade: A

56, 57-59, 60, 61, 62, 63-64, 65-66, 67-70 (#70 is #500; last issue with double numbering, returns to volume 1)

501-502, 503-508, 509, 510, 511, 512-513514-516517520-524

525-526 Fill-in by Karl Kesel and Tom Grummett. Grade: F.
J. Michael Straczynski/Mike McKone. Grade: B+

527, 528-532533-535536-537538-542 (Civil War; 542 is with next
creative team)

Dwayne McDuffie/(mostly) Paul Pelletier. Grade: F

544-553

Mark Millar/Bryan Hitch. Grade: D

554-569

Jonathan Hickman/(mostly) Dale Eaglesham, Steve Epting. Grade: A-

570-572 (Solve Everything), 573, 575-578, 579, 580, 581-582, 583-587, 588 (Hickman’s run continues to #611, but this is where I stopped)

Fantastic Four 1234 (2001)  Grade: A
Fantastic Four: First Family (2006)  Grade: B+
Hulk vs. Thing: Hard Knocks (2004) Grade: A
Ultimate Fantastic Four by Warren Ellis (#7-18) (2005)  Grade: A