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Appearing in "The Coming of... Sub-Mariner!"

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Fantastic Four #4.

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Synopsis for "The Coming of... Sub-Mariner!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four #4.
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Chapter 1:

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The Human Torch has quit the team. Reed, Sue, and Ben use the Fantasti-Car to search the city for him. Johnny, though, has gone to Swanson's Garage to work on cars. Ben, on a hunch, goes to the garage.

Chapter 2:

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Unable to use his flame because of the gasoline around him, Johnny faces an angry Ben without his power. Ben backs him into a corner, but, before the Thing can hit Johnny, he changes back to his old, human form. Johnny uses the distraction to leave the garage, flame on, and fly away. Ben immediately changes back to the Thing.

Johnny goes to the Bowery to find accommodations. Once in his bunk, he reads a 1940s comic about the Sub-Mariner. Another guest of the establishment notices what he's reading and says, "We got a stumble-bum right here who's as strong as that joker was supposed to be!" He hands the bearded "stumble-bum" a phone book and tells him to tear it in half. The man refuses. The others attack him but get swatted away. The man complains that he can't remember anything: "Why have I spent the long years here, in a fog, with my mind a blank??" Johnny says, "Flame on!" ignites one finger, and burns off the man's beard. He looks just like the Sub-Mariner, pointy ears and all.

Chapter 3:

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Johnny carries the man out to sea and drops him into the water. Back in his native element, the Sub-Mariner remembers who he is.[Continuity 1] He goes to his home, Atlantis.
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It lies in radioactive ruins, a casualty of atomic testing. The Sub-Mariner returns to New York and tells Johnny that he will retaliate by destroying the human race.[Continuity 2]

Chapter 4:

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The rest of the FF, back at the Baxter Building, see Johnny's flare rise from the waterfront. They take the Fantasti-Car to meet him and learn about the Sub-Mariner's revival.
Giganto (Atlantean Beast) (Earth-616) from Fantastic Four Vol 1 4 0001

the original Giganto

Out at sea, the Sub-Mariner finds Giganto, "the largest living thing in all the world," and the Horn of Proteus that can rouse him. He leads the creature towards New York, which begins an evacuation. The army bombards Giganto without effect. The Thing comes up with a daring plan: strap a nuclear bomb to his back, get inside the monster, and leave it there to destroy it. While Giganto takes a nap, Ben carries the bomb down its gullet.

Chapter 5:

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With seconds to spare, Ben makes it out of the monster's maw.[Continuity 3] The Sub-Mariner threatens to use the horn to summon more creatures. An invisible Sue grabs the horn and runs away with it.[Continuity 4] The Sub-Mariner tackles her. She becomes visible. "If you will be my bride," says the Sub-Mariner, "I might show mercy to the rest of your pitiful race!" She responds, "How can I make such a choice?" He threatens again to use the horn. Sue says, "I—I'll do anything—I'll become your bride!" Johnny, though, forms a tornado that pulls the Sub-Mariner into the air and drops him in the ocean. The horn falls to the bottom. The Sub-Mariner swears, "I'll be back!"[Continuity 5]

Appearing in "The Coming of Galactus!"

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Fantastic Four #48.

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| Synopsis1 = Brief Summary:
Maximus fires his Atmo-Gun with the intent to destroy the human race. However, the gun fails and Maximus resorts to creating a negative zone around the Great Refuge that separates the Inhumans from the rest of the world. The Fantastic Four escape and head back to the Baxter Building. There they are visited by the Watcher who warns them of the coming of Galactus. The Watcher tried to hide the Earth from his herald, the Silver Surfer, but was unsuccessful. The Surfer arrives and summons his master.

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Detailed Summary:
Maximus fires his Atmo-Gun. While the vibrations produced by the weapon proves ineffective against Inhumans, it has the potential to wreak havoc against normal human beings. The ground of the Great Refuge trembles from the power of the weapon and everyone is thrown about. Maximus cackles with glee as he envisions the deaths of millions of helpless humans.

For all of his mad genius, however, Maximus' plan fails. Aside from a few massive ground tremors, humanity is perfectly safe. Gorgon and Karnak make a move to apprehend Maximus, but he darts past them and heads towards his Atmo-Gun. He reverses the polarity of the weapon, creating a null field of negative energy to slowly encapsulate the Great Refuge. Reed knows that there is nothing they can do to counter the effects of a complete negative zone. Reed, Sue and Ben race to escape from the city, but Johnny wants to stay behind. He doesn't want to leave Crystal. Crystal wants to remain with Johnny as well, but the rest of her family draw her back. Ben scoops Johnny up and manages to get outside of the null field barrier just as it completely seals the Great Refuge off from the rest of the world. Everyone feels Johnny's sorrow, and he is convinced that he will never see Crystal again. The team boards their private charter and returns to the United States.

Meanwhile in the depths of outer space, a sleek, shining being known as the Silver Surfer streaks through the cosmos atop a metallic surfboard. While soaring through the Andromeda Galaxy, he draws the attention of the Skrulls. The Skrulls know that wherever the Silver Surfer appears, his master, Galactus, cannot be far behind. Terrified, the Skrulls do everything they can to conceal their world from the Surfer's perceptions.

In New York, the Fantastic Four arrive home to witness a most startling spectacle. The entire skyline appears as if it had caught on fire. The Human Torch flies through the city canyons to get a closer look, but panicking New Yorkers begin to suspect that the Torch may actually be responsible for the strange phenomena. The FF return to the Baxter Building and Reed sequesters himself inside of his laboratory to analyze the situation. The flames in the sky dissipate giving way to an unending field of space debris.

The powerful being known as the Watcher appears inside of Reed's laboratory. He explains that he is responsible for the atmospheric disturbances, for he has been attempting to conceal Earth's existence from the attention of the Silver Surfer. He further explains that the Surfer is the advance scout of Galactus, a powerful cosmic being that consumes the elemental energies of entire worlds, leaving them as little more than dried, lifeless husks.

The Surfer meanwhile, investigates the debris field, and finds Earth hidden beneath it. He flies to the roof of the Baxter Building and sends out a cosmic signal for Galactus. The FF race to the top of the building, and the Thing rams into the Surfer knocking him off the edge. The Surfer is no longer a major concern however. In the sky above, Galactus' planet devouring world ship, Taa II, appears in the skies above Manhattan. The giant Galactus exits the ship and declares his intention to consume the entire world.

| Notes =

  • The Great Refuge's proper name is Attilan, as revealed in Thor #146.
  • The Inhumans create a new Atmo-Gun and threaten to use it on humanity years later in Fantastic Four: Atlantis Rising #1.
  • Black Bolt's inability to speak here is revealed in Fantastic Four #59, his voice is highly destructive and can level a mountain with a whisper. These powers were explained in greater detail in Thor #148.
  • The negative zone barrier that Maximus erects around the Great Refuge is not to be confused with the inter-dimensional reality also called the Negative Zone, first seen in Fantastic Four #51.
  • In Inhumans Special #1 expands on events that occurred after the Fantastic Four were expelled from Attilan by the Negative Zone barrier. Maximus is driven even more insane when the Seeker's weapon is reflected through Black Bolt's tuning fork into Maximus' mind. The Seeker is also slain by Gorgon to avenge the death of his father.
  • The Silver Surfer's origins are revealed in Silver Surfer #1, which explain that he is really Norrin Radd from the planet Zenn-La. In order to save his own planet from Galactus, he agreed to become his herald.
  • The narrative of the story claims that the Skrulls seen here are on their homeworld. The Skrull homeworld of Skrullos was revealed to have been abandoned centuries ago in New Avengers #40. More accurately the Skrulls here are on Tarnax IV the Skrull throneworld that has been their home for over 10 million years.
  • Both the Watcher and the Skrulls know of Galactus and the Silver Surfer.
  • It is implied by the Skrulls that the Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd) has been Galactus' herald for a long time. "Have you not studied your cosmic history?"
  • The "Blackout Screen" used here by the Skrulls to shield their throneworld from Galactus fails them many years later in Fantastic Four #257.
  • This is the first time that the Watcher openly violates his oath of non-interference. This has been the case since the Watchers accidentally caused the mass extinction of the Prosilicans when they provided them with nuclear technology, as seen in Tales of Suspense #53 and expanded upon in Original Sin #0.
  • The origins of Galactus were first revealed in Thor #169, he was originally a man named Galan the last survivor of the previous universe. After the Big Bang, the energies created transformed him into Galactus. Fantastic Four #262 revealed that Galactus consumes worlds out of a necessity for universal balance. The reasoning is ambiguous, at least in the Earth-616 universe.
  • The portions of this story that pertain to Galactus are retold from a different perspective in Marvels #3.
  • This is not the first time Galactus has attempted to consume the Earth. S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 reveals that Galactus has visited the Earth as early as the Renaissance era, and was turned back by Leonardo da Vinci and his Brotherhood of the Shield.

Chronology Notes

Events occur behind the scenes in this story that affect the chronology of the following characters:
Mister Fantastic:

  • Page 1-17, Panel 5 - Fantastic Four escape Attilan, confront the Silver Surfer.
  • Page 18-20 - Fantastic Four witness the arrival of Galactus.

Invisible Girl:

  • Page 1-17, Panel 5 - Fantastic Four escape Attilan, confront the Silver Surfer.
  • Page 18-20 - Fantastic Four witness the arrival of Galactus.

Human Torch:

  • Page 1-17, Panel 5 - Fantastic Four escape Attilan, confront the Silver Surfer.
  • Page 18-20 - Fantastic Four witness the arrival of Galactus.

Thing:

  • Page 1-17, Panel 5 - Fantastic Four escape Attilan, confront the Silver Surfer.
  • Page 18-20 - Fantastic Four witness the arrival of Galactus.

Watcher:

Silver Surfer:

| Trivia =

  • Some of the plotlines used in this issue were adapted for the 2007 feature film, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
  • This storyline was also adapted in the "Galactus" episode of the 1966 Fantastic Four animated series.
  • This storyline was also adapted for the two-part "The Silver Surfer and the Coming of Galactus" episode of the 1996 Fantastic Four animated series.

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Synopsis for "The Coming of Galactus!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four #48.



Appearing in "If This Be Doomsday!"

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Fantastic Four #49.

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Synopsis for "If This Be Doomsday!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four #49.

Brief Summary:
Galactus has come to eat the Earth. The Watcher unsuccessfully tries to reason with him. The Fantastic Four cannot physically defeat him. However, the Watcher has a plan and sends the Human Torch on a secret mission. The Silver Surfer meets Alicia Masters and she convinces him that the Earth is worth saving. The Surfer races to stop Galactus.

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Detailed Summary:
With Galactus on Earth, the Watcher tries to appeal to the planet eater to leave Earth alone, when diplomacy doesn't work Johnny and Thing try to attack Galactus to no effect. the Watcher tells them to return to their base and he will contact them shortly.

Meanwhile, the Silver Surfer slowly gains consciousness from the Thing's punch and falls through the skylight of Alicia Master's apartment. Sensing a wounded and lonely being, Alicia offers the Silver Surfer her sympathy and assistance. Galactus continues to assemble his planet devouring device and the Watcher explains to the Fantastic Four what will happen to the Earth if Galactus succeeds. The Watcher explains that there is a device aboard Galactus' ship that he will need the Human Torch to collect. While back at Alicia's apartment, Alicia learns of the Surfer's mission on Earth and appeals to him to turn against his master and help save the Earth. He is hesitant at first, but is starting to feel pity for the humans.

When the Fantastic Four begin attacking Galactus' almost completed device, the planet eater sends his robot Punisher to keep them out of his way while he repairs the device. With this distraction and delay, the Watcher uses a device to boost Johnny's powers to a degree that will allow him to travel to Galactus' ship and retrieve the weapon they need to defeat him. Finally, Alicia convinces the Surfer to help save the Earth and, to the surprise of the Watcher, sets off to confront Galactus.

Appearing in "The Startling Saga of the Silver Surfer!"

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Fantastic Four #50.

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Synopsis for "The Startling Saga of the Silver Surfer!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four #50.

Brief Summary:
The Silver Surfer confronts Galactus and tries to force him to leave the Earth. No matter how hard he tries, the Surfer is not able to overpower his master. Meanwhile, the Human Torch returns from his mission with the Ultimate Nullifier which Reed uses to threaten Galactus. Afraid of the weapon's power, Galactus agrees to leave Earth alone. As punishment, he banishes the Surfer to Earth forever. With the crisis over, life goes back to normal. Sue gets mad at Reed ignoring her and Johnny attends his first day of college.

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Detailed Summary:
The Silver Surfer arrives to try and stop his master from destroying the Earth. No matter how hard he tries he is not able to stop Galactus. However, the confrontation does give Johnny the time he needs to return from Galactus' ship out in deep space with the one weapon that can stop Galactus: The Ultimate Nullifier. When Reed threatens to use it against Galactus, he agrees to spare the Earth and leave if Reed gives him back the weapon.

True to his word, Galactus leaves but not before first relieving the Silver Surfer of his herald duties and removing the Silver Surfer's space-time powers. The Silver Surfer is thus exiled on the planet he vowed to save, no longer able to roam the galaxies. After the battle Alicia arrives to thank the Silver Surfer for his help, causing the jealous Thing to think that she's choosing the Surfer over him and quietly walks away feeling nothing but rejection. The Silver Surfer also departs, vowing to return once he's traversed all of the Earth.

As life returns to normal the press dismisses the Galactus fiasco as a hoax, while one man takes interest in news reports of the Thing roaming the city and at Metro College the unreliable football star Whitey Mullins gives Coach Thorne a tongue lashing after being scolded for not being a team player. While at the Baxter Building, Sue storms out when Reed once again ignores her in favor of his experiments. While finally, Johnny arrives at his first day of college at Metro University. There he meets Wyatt Wingfoot and the two become fast friends, but as the two are meeting with the Dean, Johnny can't help but think about Crystal who is still now trapped in the Hidden Land behind Maximus' Negative Zone barrier.

Appearing in "The Power and the Pride!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four #87.

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Synopsis for "The Power and the Pride!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four #87.

Storming Dr. Doom's castle, the Fantastic Four are split up when Crystal and Sue fall through a trap door. While the girls fight their way into Dr. Doom's banquet hall, the guys fight through the main hallways of the castle.

As Doom invites the girls to sit and feast with him to watch the ensuing battle, they witness as Doom's assistant Hauptman tries to burn Reed and the others with a flamethrower. However, when Hauptmann almost destroys Doom's valuable art, Doom plays a special key on his piano that kills Hauptmann on the spot. Growing weary of this "game," Doom tells Sue and Crystal that the battle is over and tells the Fantastic Four that they are allowed to leave Latveria.

Notes

  • Prologue, introductions, and epilogue by Stan Lee

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