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Synopsis for "Earth X, Chapter 2"

  • Page 2-3: The events on this page depict the origin of the Fantastic Four, which was first told in Fantastic Four #1. In the center of this spread we see the original FF team as they appeared after they got their abilities for the first time. From left to right back to front we see the Invisible Girl (at that point Susan Storm), The Human Torch (Johnny Storm), The Thing (Ben Grimm) and Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards.) The final panel on Page 3, depicts the moment the group decided to become a team, also from Fantastic Four #1.
  • Page 6: In panel 1 we see Yancy St., which first was mentioned in Fantastic Four #15, is where Ben Grimm grew up and was once home to the Yancy Street Gang who constantly tormented the Thing. Walking out of the Grimm's home in panel 3 are Adam Warlock (Him) and Her, two artificial beings. Him was created by the Hive in Fantastic Four #66 to be the perfect man, Her who was created to be his perfect mate was created in Incredible Hulk Annual #6. Panel 4 we see the Thing for the first time in the Earth X trilogy.
  • Page 7: In panel 1 we see some of the clay Marvels, sculpted after Spider-Man (as he appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15) and the Silver Surfer (as he appeared in Fantastic Four #48) The ash tray on Thing's coffee table resembles the mask and hood of Dr. Doom, this panel also introduces Buzz and Chuck Grimm for the first time, there is a Daredevil doll on the ground. This is also the first appearance of Alicia Masters in this series. In panel 2 we see the boys watching Daredevil on TV (not to be confused with Matt Murdock, the original Daredevil) this is his first appearance in this series.
  • Page 9: Panel one we see a clay Marvel in the background sculpted to resemble the Hulk as he appeared in Hulk #1. Panel 2 the clay Marvels from left to right are Silver Surfer, Thor (as he appeared in Journey into Mystery #83) Spider-Man and Hulk.
  • Page 10-11: Panel 1 we see Fantastic Four members Mr. Fantastic, Franklin Richards, Invisible Woman, Thing and the Human Torch. Also in this panel are Dr. Doom and Namor the Sub-Mariner. The costume Namor is wearing in this flashback sequence was first worn in Sub-Mariner #67. This is usually the garb that Namor has warn on occasion when he's declared war on the human race.
  • Page 15: Latveria is the home country of Dr. Doom, it and his castle were first seen in Fantastic Four #5. In panel 2 we see a legion of Doombots, the first Doombot was also seen in Fantastic Four #5. The holographic image of Susan Richards in panel 3 is as she appeared in Fantastic Four #3. The armor Reed Richards is seen wearing starting panel 3 is the armor that has been the trademark of his arch nemesis Dr. Doom since Fantastic Four #5.
  • The quote at the end of this issue was made by Friedrich Nietzsche, who was A German philosopher who lived from 1844-1900, he was famous for critiquing religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy, and science. The quote was from his book The Gay Science, originally published in 1882, it was his fifth book. It is the book in which Nietzsche claimed "God is Dead" for the first time. The quote itself as presented in this issue of Earth X, however was as it was quoted in Michael Harrington's The Politics at God's Funeral. Michael Harrington (1928-1989) was a well known American democratic socialist, writer, and political activist. His book, The Politics at God's Funeral: The Spiritual Crisis of Western Civilization, was first published in 1983, the book argued that as God is dead man must henceforth rely upon democratic socialism.
  • The Appendix to this issue mentions the following items of interest: Mephisto is the "devil" of the Marvel universe, he first appeared in Silver Surfer #3. The Mole Man (Harvey Elder first appearance Fantastic Four #1) was the first foe the Fantastic Four ever fought. The Skrulls are an alien race of shape shifters that first attempted to invade Earth in Fantastic Four #2. At the end of their first encounter with them the Fantastic Four forced three Skrulls to shape shift into cows and hypnotized them to believe that's what they were. Although they were eventually freed from this state in Avengers #93, they were once more reverted back into this state. The Skrull Kill Krew (first appearance Skrull Kill Krew #1) believed they got their abilities from eating meat processed from these aforementioned Skrull cows. Mutants, at least by the definition mentioned here are the very same that first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #1.

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