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Appearing in "A Monster Forever?"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Fantastic Four #79

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Synopsis for "A Monster Forever?"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Fantastic Four #79

Weighing a decision between being Ben Grimm or the Thing for the rest of his life, Ben decides to leave that decision to Alicia once she has a chance to be with him as ordinary Ben Grimm. Meanwhile, Reed Richards looks over Susan's medical charts with the doctors, becoming aware of the potential threat the cosmic rays in Sue's body could affect the baby; however, he chooses not to tell Sue.

Meanwhile, police officers emptying out the Mad Thinker's old hideout accidentally revive the Android Man who tracks down an energy signature that it detects. The Android Man is taken to the very place where Ben is out on a date with Alicia, drawn there by the energy given off by the Wizard's Wonder Gloves (which are in Ben's possession). In order to battle the Android Man, Ben puts on the Wonder Gloves; however, instead of acting normally and boosting his strength, the radiation emitted turns him back into the Thing.

The Thing defeats the Android Man with ease. When Johnny arrives and tells Alicia that Ben cannot change back into Ben Grimm ever again, Ben claims it is what he had planned all along, and sadly says "Why should I be a nowhere nobody like plain Ben Grimm? When I can be the Thing forever....!"

Appearing in "The Frightful Four!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Fantastic Four #36

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Synopsis for "The Frightful Four!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Fantastic Four #36

Reed Richards and Sue Storm publicly announce their engagement to the press. As they are making their announcement, a package is delivered from the Yancy Street Gang. The Thing opens it, fearing it's the worst and discovers that it's bomb of some kind. However, instead of a harmful explosion, the bomb was a gag filled with flowers.

Elsewhere, Paste-Pot Pete meets with the Sandman and the Wizard to form a new group to go after their mutual foe, the Human Torch. Pete and Sandman recount how they broke out of prison, stole a plane, and saved the Wizard from floating out in space following his last battle with the Human Torch. The Wizard then tells them that he has heard a potential fourth member to their group, a strange woman who can control her hair that lives on an island out in the Mediterranean Sea and has no memory of her past.

Meanwhile, the Fantastic Four are busy preparing for the wedding. As arrangements are being made, the Frightful Four meet for the first time and begin plotting the doom of their good counterparts. Back at the Baxter Building an engagement party is underway with the Avengers and the X-Men in attendance. The Frightful Four make their attack after the party goers leave, ambushing and incapacitating the Thing, the Invisible Girl, and Mister Fantastic. They are unaware that Alicia Masters is also on the premises, and while the Frightful Four are placing anti-gravity discs on their foes, she takes the Signal Flare from Sue's belt and fires it off.

It is seen by the Human Torch, who is over at his friend's garage working on a car, and he races to the Baxter Building. However, Alicia is caught by Medusa, and she, too, is taken prisoner. The four prisoners are then left to drift into the sky on the Wizard's anti-gravity discs. The Torch rushes on the scene and, using his flame powers, forces the Wizard to fly his anti-gravity ship into the sky and rescue his friends. After the Fantastic Four and Alicia are rescued, the ship is attacked by the Frightful Four, who followed after them in the Fantastic Four's Pogo Plane. Forced to land, the two groups battle it out until things start going in the Fantastic Four's favor. Seeking to escape, the Wizard detonates his ship, allowing the Frightful Four to flee the scene in all the confusion.

Appearing in "I Accepted the Deadly Challenge of Zarkorr!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Tales of Suspense #35
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Synopsis for "I Accepted the Deadly Challenge of Zarkorr!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Tales of Suspense #35
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In the year 2065 a 45 year old space pilot doesn't take his decommission lying down. He fabricates an alien costume he names Zarkorr who represents a Galactic Federation with an ultimatum for Earth. Since the people of Earth are beginning space travel, they must pass a test to determine their society's level of maturity or be quarantined or even possibly destroyed. They must have a pilot fly a spacecraft to Mars manually, not using any electronic computation. The current generation of pilots have all been trained to use the computers, but since he has only been decommissioned for three months, the space pilot completes the task and is successful in his ruse.

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