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Today in History: The Fantastic Four

Posted by Gilbert Stack on August 8, 2018 at 5:10 AM

On this day (August Eight) in 1961, Fantastic Four #1 was published by Marvel Comics and in so doing changed the nature of American comics forever. Unlike it’s DC rivals, Fantastic Four was set in a real world city (New York City) and made relationships an important part of each story (the “family relationships” of the FF led to a lot of realistic bickering and fighting even while they maintained a family’s love for each other). The Thing was not happy with his powers (who wants to be transformed into a rock creature anyway?). And the group did not have secret identities. The more sophisticated storylines rocked the comics industry, but DC was slow to understand the threat these new storyline presented to their then dominance of the market. The Hulk, Spiderman, Thor, Iron Man, the Avengers, and the X-Men quickly followed, all finding a new take on the superhero which excited Marvel’s growing fan base.

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