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Quote1 Benjamin, why don't you take up a hobby? Something that will keep you out of here while I'm working? Quote2
--Mister Fantastic

Appearing in "The Search for Sub-Mariner!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four #27.

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Synopsis for "The Search for Sub-Mariner!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Fantastic Four #27.

Sue is surprised when she sees Reed using a device that projects his thoughts and sees that he is thinking of her. When trying it on Ben afterward, the Thing conjures up images of Doctor Doom, frightening him. When Reed asks Sue to try it on she declines, not wanting to have her thoughts revealed. When Ben starts asking Reed why he hasn't asked Sue to marry him, Reed tells both Ben and Johnny that he plans on doing just that.

Meanwhile, in his abandoned kingdom, the Sub-Mariner broods over his desire to have Sue Storm as his bride.[Continuity 1] When he orders the last of his followers to assist him in capturing her, they decline and abandon him as well. Deciding to deal with things himself, Namor disguises himself and travels to the surface world. At the Baxter Building, he incapacitates both the Thing and the Human Torch before revealing himself to Sue. Namor demands that Sue return with him into the sea and become his queen, but when she refuses to comply, he gasses her and takes her prisoner. When Reed returns from his shopping trip with an engagement ring, he is shocked to hear from Ben and Johnny that she had been kidnapped by the Sub-Mariner yet again.[Continuity 2] Suddenly becoming furious, Reed goes after Namor alone, fighting off Ben and Johnny when they try to calm him down.

Without Reed to guide them, both Ben and Johnny are unable to track down Namor. They reach out to the mystic known as Doctor Strange. Seeing Johnny's flaming message in the sky, Strange sends his ectoplasmic form to meet them at the Baxter Building. Doctor Strange agrees to help, and his form ventures out to find Namor's kingdom. Finding it, he confirms that Sue is safe before returning to tell Ben and Johnny her location. Meanwhile, Reed finds Namor's domain and attacks the Sub-Mariner. As Reed gains the upper hand, Namor's troops return to their king.[Continuity 3]

Back at the Baxter Building, Doctor Strange teleports Johnny and Ben to help Reed in battling the Atlantean soldiers. As Reed struggles with Namor, Ben holds off the soldiers while the Torch frees his sister. When the Atlanteans try to flood the chamber, the two siblings work together to stop the room from filling with water. Namor regroups with his soldiers and gets a powerful cannon, however when they fire on Ben and Reed, they discover the weapon apparently has no effect. It turns out that they were being protected by Sue's force field. She tells Namor that she does not love him and that she truly loves Reed. Observing from afar, Doctor Strange sees this as an opportune moment to step in and teleport the Fantastic Four aboard Reed's submarine. While Namor is disorientated, the quartet makes a hasty retreat. Despite Sue's claims that she loves only Reed, he is convinced that she only said so in order to protect him from Namor, leaving him in doubt about proposing to her.[Continuity 4]

Appearing in "The Death of Tony Stark!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #61.

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Synopsis for "The Death of Tony Stark!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #61.
Quote1 I've got to learn to accept it! The boss is dead! Quote2
--Happy Hogan

One month after Tony Stark's apparent disappearance, Pepper Potts and Happy Hogan leave their resignations with Iron Man, because they suspect him to be the one responsible. As they leave the plant, Inspector Flint, the officer in charge of the case, approaches them. At police headquarters, he interrogates Potts and Hogan. A reporter overhears the conversation, which leads to a media breakout on Stark's disapperance.

In his laboratory at his estate, Tony Stark is still encased inside his Iron Man armor, searching for a way to remove his suit without causing his heart to stop beating, and he dares not reveal his secret identity to the world, fearing his enemies could attack his factories in revenge, and endanger the lives of his thousands of employees.

The next day, Happy sneaks into Tony's estate, hoping to find clues in the mansion he believes is abandoned. Tony notices Happy and, with no time to run, barely slips into his bed, before Happy enters through the window. When Pepper arrives at the mansion after being informed by Happy, Tony claims that a doctor had ordered him to remain in bed, and he had pretended he was on a trip, to not worry anybody. As Happy and Pepper leave the estate, they agree that the entire situation still feels odd, and Pepper even theorizes that maybe Stark is actually a prisoner of Iron Man.

Meanwhile, high up in the sky, a mysterious satellite is being controlled remotely by the Mandarin in his castle. Once it is in position, the villain releases a powerful energy beam from the device that annihilates Tony Stark's mansion. Alerted by his armor's sensors, Iron Man escapes at the last second.

Pepper and Happy hurry back to the Stark estate, and find that while Iron Man is fine, Stark is seemingly dead. Pepper goes to Inspector Flint, blaming Iron Man for Stark's death. However, because of the oddity of what was used to destroy the mansion, the case is now in the government's hands. On the shore of Long Island, Happy grieves the loss of his boss, even if his death means Happy could have an opportunity with Pepper.

In his laboratory, Iron Man tracks down the perpetrator of the crime, the Mandarin. The Mandarin prepares for the inevitable confrontation with Iron Man, while Stark himself flies under disguise in an airplane to China. Stark opens the emergency door in mid-flight and jumps.

Once Iron Man reaches the perimeter of Mandarin's castle, the villain uses a powerful beam to trap and pull him to the rocks, but Tony breaks the fall using his repulsors. The Mandarin uses hypnotic lights to weaken his foe, so he can be finished off by Koto, a giant humanoid robot. The robot brings the unconscious Iron Man to his master, and the Mandarin ties him to a wheel that will spin him to his death with the press of a button. First, though, the Mandarin wants to tell his origin story.

Appearing in "The Primitive!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #51.

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Synopsis for "The Primitive!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #51.



Appearing in "The Demon's Disciple!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Strange Tales #128.

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Synopsis for "The Demon's Disciple!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Strange Tales #128.

Doctor Strange is visited by a disciple of a mystic known as the Demon, but the Demon causes the man to disappear. Tracking the Demon to his lair, Doctor Strange is trapped in the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak, until he travels out of his body and reads the Demon's spells to learn a way to free himself. Doctor Strange bests the Demon in mystic combat and casts a spell that makes the Demon renounce the mystic arts for the purposes of evil.

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Continuity Notes

  1. The people of Atlantis abandoned Namor after he saved the life of the Invisible Girl in Fantastic Four Annual #1.
  2. In this story, Reed Richards purchases a ring for Sue. However, in Fantastic Four: First Family #6 Reed had already gotten a ring for Sue. The events of Fantastic Four: First Family #6 took place between Fantastic Four #2 and #3. Since that story was published decades after the events of Fantastic Four #27, it could be considered a continuity error. However, in the context of that story, Reed never actually proposes to Sue -- just gives her the ring. One could presume that it was a promise ring or pre-engagement ring. Culturally a pre-engagement ring signifies a couple entering into a monogamous relationship with the intent of eventually getting engaged and later married. Accepting that, it can then be assumed that the ring purchased by Reed here was an actual engagement ring.
  3. The soldiers fighting alongside Namor here were some loyal followers who did not abandon him for pursuing a romance with Sue Storm in Fantastic Four Annual #1.
  4. While Reed lost his nerve to propose to Sue here, he eventually mustered up the courage to do so in Fantastic Four #35. What he doesn't know is, Sue made up her mind about marrying him the last time Namor kidnapped her. This fact is not revealed until Fantastic Four: The Wedding Special #1.

See Also

Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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