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Walter Collins

Appearing in "The Horror That Walks on Air!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Fantastic Four #120

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Synopsis for "The Horror That Walks on Air!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Fantastic Four #120

Mister Fantastic has the Human Torch test out his new fireproof plastic when an alarm suddenly goes off. Reed and Sue check it out, and they soon learn that a gang of thieves is trying to break into their Baxter Building headquarters in order to steal Reed's various inventions. They manage to shoot their way through the lobby and up the private elevator. But when they attack the Fantastic Four, Sue uses her invisibility powers to make their arms disappear. This makes the masked thugs disoriented long enough for Ben, Johnny, and Reed to incapacitate the trespassers. When the cables of the elevator suddenly snap, Ben lunges out and catches them before the elevator can crash down to the ground floor and kill the hostages inside. After they get the people to safety, the Thing is approached by their landlord, Walter Collins, who is unimpressed by this recent incident and damage to his building and once again demands that the Fantastic Four pack up and leave. When Collins blows cigar smoke into Ben's face, the Thing begins to lose his temper. When Johnny starts trying to hold Ben back, a very frightened Walter Collins makes an abrupt exit.

The amusement is short lived when the Fantastic Four is suddenly contacted by Agatha Harkness through her mystical powers. She warns the Fantastic Four that there is a great danger coming to Earth from space but cannot tell them anymore before her image vanishes. Reed and the rest of the team make a run for the communicator to scan for any sightings. At that moment all around the world, people spot a strange man with a flaming cape that appears to be walking on the very air itself. With this strange visitor heading toward New York City, the Fantastic Four climb aboard the Fantasti-Car to go and meet him. When they spot the alien, Reed orders, Johnny, to get the mysterious man's attention with a fireball. The ploy works, and the strange visitor follows them back to the Baxter Building. Reed then tells his team to keep them distracted while he goes down into his lab. Sue, Ben, and Johnny then begin to try and impress the alien by showing off their various super-human powers. When this fails to impress the stranger, Ben tries to rattle him by lifting up the Fantasti-Car. This also fails, but the strange alien does react to a passing Air Force jet, easily blowing it up. Seeing this from his lab, Reed calls General "Thunderbolt" Ross and has him fire missiles at their strange intruder. The mysterious alien is able to deflect the missiles with a gesture, sending them tumbling into the Hudson River. He then lands on top of the Baxter Building and shows he has equal strength with the Thing by lifting up the Fantasti-Car one-handed.

The alien then flies down to the ground below, and, when a crowd of people begins to try and rush him, he holds them back as well. When the Army arrives with tanks, the powerful alien is also able to destroy those weapons. Finally, the alien speaks, telling all gathered that the entire world is doomed. Seeing this as a threat, Johnny tries to attack, but the alien makes short work of him. As the rest of the Fantastic Four come to the aid of their youngest member, the mysterious alien then pulls a trumpet from his belt that grows to regular size. Announcing himself as Gabriel, the alien figure then begins to blow his horn, announcing the end of the world.

Appearing in "The Mysterious Mind-Blowing Secret of Gabriel!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Fantastic Four #121

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Synopsis for "The Mysterious Mind-Blowing Secret of Gabriel!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Fantastic Four #121

Brief Summary:
The Fantastic Four attempt to figure out who is Gariel and what are his intentions for the Earth. They instead face the full power and fury of the Air-Walker. They attempt to fight back, but are hopelessly overpowered. It is at that point that the Silver Surfer decides to intervene. The Surfer is attacked by the Air-Walker, but quickly recovers and knocks him out of the sky. He crashes to the ground and is revealed to be a robot. Just then Galactus appears above the heroes.

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Detailed Summary:
Gabriel the Air-Walker has appeared on Earth and has announced that the planet Earth is doomed. When Reed Richards attempts to protest, Gabriel balks at his appeal in the name of humanity and hurls the Fantastic Four and other bystanders away in a gust of wind. As the Fantastic Four scramble to save those endangered by the powerful winds, Gabriel calls an end to the storm. When one of the bystanders suggests that they surrender to Gabriel in the hopes that he will show mercy, the Thing gets upset and is about to strike the man when Reed gets in the way. Seeing this, Gabriel then orders the gathered masses to destroy the Fantastic Four. The FF are shocked when the people around them begin to follow Gabriel's orders. However, regardless of the crowd's attempts to kill the Fantastic Four, the Human Torch sends them fleeing with his flame powers.

Seeking to address the world in the hopes of keeping things calm, the Fantastic Four enter a nearby television studio. When the guards refuse to let them into one of the studios, they subdue them and continue on anyway. When they get up into the newsroom, they find nobody is working. When Reed asks a newscaster why nobody is doing anything, he is shown reports from around the world of complete hopelessness in the streets as people have come to believe Gabriel's claims that the world is doomed. With no time left and the authorities coming up to the studio, the Fantastic Four make a quick exit to the roof and rush back to the Baxter Building.

There, Reed sends Johnny and Ben ahead to the Fantasti-Car while he and Sue collect a weapon constructed in his lab. They then rush after Gabriel who has resumed his walking across the Earth. Over New York Harbor, Reed tries to blast Gabriel with his weapon, but it has no effect on him. Gabriel responds in kind by trying to drop a freighter ship on them. Making an emergency landing on the water, the Fantastic Four narrowly avoid getting crushed but are capsized. Gabriel then uses his power to create a massive tsunami that washes the Fantastic Four back into New York in a lethal flood. The Fantastic Four get to safety, but, when Gabriel confronts the Thing, he chastises the alien for senselessly drowning the people down in the streets below. Gabriel responds by calling back the water before anyone is killed

As Reed and Sue rejoin the rest of the team, both Ben and Johnny try their best to attack Gabriel at full force, but he manages to overpower them. Watching this from the sub-stratosphere is the Silver Surfer. Unable to simply continue to watch events unfold, he decides to deal with the threat himself and flies to New York. The Surfer is shocked to learn that luring him out was the Air-Walker's plan all along. The Surfer and Gabriel fight it out, but just when it appears that Gabriel has the upper hand, the Surfer unleashes the full force of his Power Cosmic. When Gabriel falls to the ground, he smashes into pieces, revealing to everyone gathered that he was nothing more than a robot. With the battle over, the Fantastic Four wonder who sent Gabriel. Suddenly, Galactus appears in the sky above them telling them that the world is indeed doomed.

Appearing in "Galactus Unleashed"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Fantastic Four #122

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Synopsis for "Galactus Unleashed"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Fantastic Four #122

Brief Summary:
Galactus returns and commands the Silver Surfer to become his herald once again or the Earth will perish. The Surfer refuses and he and the Fantastic Four attack. They are unable to overpower Galactus, but Reed reaches his ship and threatens to destroy it unless he leaves.

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Detailed Summary:
Galactus returns to Earth and decrees that the world is doomed. Reed Richards reminds Galactus of his promise to spare the Earth. He acknowledges his promise and he vows to show mercy as long as the Silver Surfer becomes his herald one again. Although the Surfer is easily subdued by Galactus, he refuses to allow himself to be enslaved again and would rather continue living in exile. The Thing and the Torch attack Galactus and, while the world devourer is distracted by Johnny, Ben actually manages to topple the giant allowing the Surfer to break free. When the Thing tries to leap on Galactus, the powerful being uses his power to generate a wind that blows Ben, Reed, and Sue far away. While the Thing lands unscathed, Reed and Sue are rescued by the Surfer and Torch.

While the Fantastic Four regroups at Coney Island, the Surfer comes up with a plan. He reveals to them that Galactus ship is his weakness and he plans to reach it and take it over. However, when the Surfer flies up into space, he soon strikes the barrier that is keeping him exiled on Earth. He realizes then that Galactus purposely left the ship just out of the reach of his former herald.

Meanwhile, Galactus has followed the Fantastic Four to the amusement part and begins attacking them again. The Torch decides to try and keep Galactus at bay by creating flame duplicates of himself. While Galactus is occupied, Ben smashes a Ferris wheel on their foe. Galactus throws the broken Ferris wheel back at the Thing, while the Surfer swoops in to help with the attack. While the others free Ben from the rubble, the Surfer is blasted back by Galactus. Johnny helps the Surfer and misses the sudden departure of Reed and Sue from the scene of the battle. While Johnny resumes his battle with Galactus, Reed and Sue race across town to the Baxter Building. There they launch a rocket into space in order to reach Galactus' ship. While Sue pilots the rocket, Reed goes out into space. When he first tries to board the ship Galactus came in, he is rebuffed by some kind of force field. After being saved by one of Sue's invisible force-fields, Reed manages to penetrate the field. Inside the massive ship, Reed goes to the controls and begins manipulating them in what he believes will be the only way to save the universe from Galactus.

Back on Earth the Torch's flame is snuffed out by Galactus, who threatens to destroy the Earth if the Silver Surfer continues to refuse his commands. Before the Surfer can answer, Reed radios Galactus from his ship threatening to destroy it and leave Galactus stranded on Earth forever.

Appearing in "This World Enslaved!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Fantastic Four #123

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Synopsis for "This World Enslaved!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Fantastic Four #123

Brief Summary:
Reed threatens to destroy Galactus' ship and strand him on Earth if he doesn't leave the planet and the Silver Surfer alone. Galactus vows to kill the Fantastic Four and consume the Earth if Reed goes through with his plan. The Silver Surfer ends the standoff by agreeing to become Galactus' herald once again. However, the Earth and the Surfer are freed of Galactus when Reed reprograms his ship so that it sends him into the Negative Zone.

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Detailed Summary:
With Galactus on Earth, Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four takes control of his ship in Earth's orbit and threatens to destroy it so long as Galactus refuses to leave the planet. However, Galactus calls Reed's bluff. He points out that while Reed will strand Galactus and sacrifice his own life, Galactus will turn his attentions to his loved ones and slay them before consuming the planet Earth, completely obliterated everything Richards cares for. After hearing this, the Silver Surfer finally acquiesces to the orders of Galactus. The rest of the Fantastic Four protest this move, telling the Surfer to not allow himself to be enslaved again. Galactus then agrees to give them twenty-four hours to come up with an agreeable solution so that the Earth is spared and Galactus gets his herald back.

Meanwhile, as deliberations drag on, General Ross and an army of soldiers try to attack Galactus. The world devourer retaliates by tossing train cars at the soldiers, sending them scattering. They then fire missiles at Galactus and he uses his powers to melt them, flinging them into the nearby water.

At the Baxter Building, headquarters of the Fantastic Four, Sue returns home to find a call coming in from the President of the United States. The Commander-in-Chief and the Vice President both demand that the Fantastic Four turn the Silver Surfer over to Galactus, so the threat to Earth will resolve itself. Sue tells them that there are other alternatives and Reed patches in and assures the President that he has a plan to resolve the current crisis. When the President balks at this, Reed cuts the transmission and gets back to work.

Soon, Reed arrives in Galactus' ship and relinquishes it to the world devourer. Thinking that he has won, Galactus leaves Earth in his ship, ordering the Silver Surfer to follow after him. When the Surfer begins to follow after his former master, Reed tries to tell him to stay. When the Surfer refuses to listen, Mister Fantastic tries to physically subdue him. The Surfer tries to flee, pulling Reed's stretching abilities to their limit. General Ross orders Richards to stand down and one of his soldiers hastily fires a shot, hitting Reed with the bullet intended for the Silver Surfer. The Human Torch tries to get his leader from the Silver Surfer, while the Thing clashes with the soldiers for shooting his best friend. When the military brings out their heavy guns, the Torch is forced to break off his clash with the Surfer to help out Ben. The Surfer then speeds off to a tranquil location and uses his Power Cosmic to heal Reed, saving his life in the nick of time.

Reed manages to convince the Silver Surfer that Galactus has been defeated. The pair flies to Whisper Hill where he secures the aid of Agatha Harkness. The pair then returns to New York City where the Thing and Torch continue to battle the military. When they arrive at the scene, they are joined by the astral projection of Agatha Harkness. She uses her sorcery to mentally link Reed with the President and explain to him that the threat of Galactus is over. Believing the leader of the Fantastic Four, the President then calls off his soldiers. Reed uses Agatha's powers to link his mind with all the minds on Earth and explains that he managed to dispel the threat of Galactus by tampering with the controls of his ship so that it transported him into the Negative Zone. There, Reed explains, Galactus will no longer be a threat to Earth and have access to all the worlds he could ever want to consume. With the threat over, the people of New York celebrate the Fantastic Four. The Surfer soon departs, more exasperated than ever about the fickle nature of human beings.

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