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FANTASTIC FOUR #164 (Nov 1975) Marvel Comics

cover:  Jack Kirby
Date: Nov 1975
Cover Price:  $0.25


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    1975: FANTASTIC FOUR #164 by Roy Thomas and George Perez—with a cover by Jack Kirby—featured the first appearance of the Crusader! You know, the guy who looks like Marvel Boy Bob Grayson! The issue also includes Frankie Raye’s first appearance, a “normal” gal Johnny Storm who’s meeting for a date. It’s not revealed until October 1981 that she also had flame powers and her stepfather is Doctor Phineas Horton—the scientist who created the original android Human Torch! It’s a real messed up weird story for her, but most importantly in her history, she’d become Nova, a Herald of Galactus, in FANTASTIC FOUR #244!

    13th Dimension: George Perez on Fantastic Four and friendship with Stan Lee
    posted Jun 16, 2019, 10:42 AM 

    FANTASTIC FOUR #164 (Nov 1975)
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    FANTASTIC FOUR #165 (Dec 1976)
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    Dan Greenfield: When we put this (countdown) out there, a lot of readers were saying, “Well, how could this be so low?” And the point is, that’s how much great material was still to come. But #12 was The Fantastic Four

    George Perez: Since I grew up, obviously with all the Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Dick Ayers, all those great artists, so getting a chance to draw Fantastic Four was pure luck.

    I was working at that point as the assistant to Rich Buckler, who was the artist on Fantastic Four, and I was helping him on what would have been the Fantastic Four Annual. And then Rich fell so far behind (that they cancelled it). … So that the annual with extra art drawn by me became my first two issues of Fantastic Four Issues #164 and #165

    I had to beef it up so it built up two issues instead of one annual. Plus, I had to draw a new splash page. … And so I drew some of that stuff almost a year after I had drawn the earlier pages, and I could see the stylistic difference. But I benefited — and it was wonderful seeing him again at this convention — by being inked by Joe Sinnott, who obviously was the defining inker on Fantastic Four. So, he made me look a heck of a lot better. …

    When Stan Lee saw my first issue of Fantastic Four, I got a phone call from his secretary saying, “Stan Lee would like to see you.” He did not recognize the name on the credits there, it was my first issue. He expected that it was either (John) Buscema or (John) Romita — a compliment in itself — and of course a credit to Joe Sinnott. And that was the first time that Stan and I ever sat down together and he gave me my first raise…

     December 7, 2003 | Wizard World Texas Program Book
    From Vu, special thanks to Mark Metz 

    There is a two-page article and checklist on Wizard World's Texas Convention Program Book (2003).

    transcribed by Vu

    If any comic artist working today deserves the title of "living legend," that artist is George Pérez. How man citizens in the kingdom of comic creators have worked steadily over the last 30 years, growing more popular with each passing?

    THE 1970s After an understated debut on Marvel Comics's Astonishing Tales #25 way back in 1973 - the first appearance of Deathlok, by the way - Pérez found he could write his own ticket, quickly jumping on titles like Avengers, Fantastic Four, Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu and Justice League of America.

    THE 1980S The defining decade of Pérez's career, not only did the '80s see the debut of the hugely popular New Teen Titans - co-created with writer Marv Wolfman - and enduring villains like Deathstroke the Terminator and Brother Blood, it saw Pérez take on half the task of rewriting the reality of the DC Comics universe, Crisis on Infinite Earths simplified the chaos of DC continuity, killing off Supergirl and the Flash and making way for their modern successors. From Crisis, Pérez went straight to reworking the story of Wonder Woman, lending his writing skill as well as his art to the new, more mythology-centered character if there was one dark spot on the Pérez decade, it was the lost dream of the JLA/Avengers crossover…

    THE 1990s A vision of the last days of the green goliath in Hulk: Future Imperfect with writer Peter David could stand alone as an artist's project of the decade. But Pérez, with sleek, bright art and an overwhelming need to draw every Avengers that has ever been, went on to relaunch the Avengers with Kurt (Marvels) Busiek as the '90s neared their close. More than 20 years after his start, Pérez transitioned easily into the new millennium and found a whole new generation of comic fans waiting for him.

    TODAY As he near the half-century mark, George Pérez shows no signs of going gracefully into that good night (or whatever old comic artists go). With new, fantasty-themed art for such CrossGen books as CrossGen Chronicles and Solus, he's breaking new territory - even for him. And with the blockbuster success of JLA/Avengers, he's finally realized a dream nearly 20 years in the making.



    In nearly 30 years in comics - THIRTY!- George Pérez has probably drawn every character you've ever heard of and a lot you haven't. And written a few too. While it's impossible to show 'em all, here are some of the highlights you might want to pick up from dealers at the show. Thanks to for the checklist; you can find a complete list of George's work there.