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Quote1 Maybe I am a monster! I look like one—and sometimes I feel like one! Quote2
-- The Thing

Appearing in "The Fantastic Four Meet the Skrulls from Outer Space!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four #2.



Synopsis for "The Fantastic Four Meet the Skrulls from Outer Space!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four #2.



Appearing in "The Challenge of Comrade X"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #36.



Synopsis for "The Challenge of Comrade X"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales to Astonish #36.



Appearing in "Tales of Asgard... The Origin of Odin!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #97.



Synopsis for "Tales of Asgard... The Origin of Odin!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Journey into Mystery #97.



Appearing in "Spider-Man Versus Doctor Octopus!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #3.



Synopsis for "Spider-Man Versus Doctor Octopus!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Amazing Spider-Man #3.



Notes

Continuity Notes

  1. In a flashback to the FF's origin, Reed specifically states that the rocket in Fantastic Four #1 was meant to go to Mars. As Marvel has continued to publish stories eventually they had to institute a Sliding Timescale as a means of slowing down the advance of time in the Marvel Universe over the length of publications in real time. This was to prevent aging their characters quickly as well as updating dated plot concepts, generalizing real-life events or dates that are mentioned in various stories. When Fantastic Four #1 was published in 1961, Reed's spaceship is specifically referred to as a rocket, and his intentions for his mission is to beat the Soviet Union in the space race. Contextually, the story was published during the height of the US/Soviet Space Race, which saw both countries competing to see which one could develop manned space flights. Since then, many retellings of the Fantastic Four's origin have changed the details of Reed Richard's space flight, updating concepts so that they were not considered dated by more modern readers. Fantastic Four #236, the origin of the Fantastic Four was updated, it was stated that Reed's experimental ship was intended to travel to the edge of the solar system and while it needed a rocket booster to reach escape velocity from Earth's atmosphere it relied on a Star Drive to reach its destination. This tale also goes on to expand on how the quartet was mutated. While Fantastic Four #1 merely states that it was cosmic rays, Fantastic Four #236 goes further to explain that these rays passed through the Van Allen Belt that is held around the Earth by its magnetic field. Fantastic Four #358 published in 1991 states that the "Star Drive" was intended to bring them into hyperspace in order to visit other solar systems. It's also stated in this story that unusual sunspot activity from Earth's sun also played a role in boosting the strength of the cosmic rays that mutated the Fantastic Four.
  2. This is the first issue where the Human Torch uses his catchphrase "Flame on!"
  3. This is not the first time Reed has encountered the Skrulls. A few years previous he exposed a Skrull spy on Earth, as seen in Marvel: The Lost Generation #11.
  4. The disappearance of the fourth Skrull in this story is explained in Avengers #66 which states that Reed Richards allowed that Skrull to return home.
  5. This story does not give a specific location for where Reed left the cows. Fantastic Four Annual #17, however, places them in King's Crossing, New York, and looks at the consequences of transforming the Skrulls into cows and their effect on the town. Also during this period the Skrull cows bred with normal cows producing a Skrull/Cow hybrid as revealed in Skrull Kill Krew Vol 2 #1
  6. The Skrull cows return as major players during the Kree-Skrull War depicted in Avengers #89-97.
  7. Years later Mister Fantastic repeats the "Skrull Cow" solution to deal with Skrull invaders during a trip back in time to the year 1776 in Fantastic Four Vol 4 #10.
  8. New Avengers #40 revealed that one of these Skrulls was a relative to Emperor Dorrek VII, who considered this an insult. This was partial motivation for Dorrek to begin the Super-Skrull program that eventually led to the Secret Invasion of Earth many years later.

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