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FANTASTIC FOUR #178 (Jan 1977) Marvel Comics

cover:  John Romita
Joe Sinnott
Date: Jan 1977
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    FANTASTIC FOUR #177 (Dec 1976)

    FANTASTIC FOUR #177 (UK) (Dec 1976)

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    The Ones That Did It pt. 3
    News  Thu, 08 Mar 2007 11:02:56 CST  Ilke

    The Ones That Did It pt. 3
    2007-03-07 15:22:58 written by Tom Brevoort

    FANTASTIC FOUR #178 (Jan 1977)
    I've written about this before, in the early days on this blog. How the local drugstore in my neighborhood had, for a time in the '70s, a big, replenishing bin of out-of-date Marvel comics, which I later determined had to have been sold to the chain "off the back of the truck" and been reported as pulped. Either way, it gave me a handy target when my interest in the Human Torch led me to seek out issues of FANTASTIC FOUR.


    Thirdly, the artwork was much cleaner and more engaging that what I'd encountered in the Marvel books up till this time. Partly that was due to the work of George Perez in the first two issues, but even more of the credit, I think, has to go to Joe Sinnott. Joe's just about my favorite inker ever, whose work always added a clean, sleek finish to any assignment he worked on. A fixture on FANTASTIC FOUR for something in the neighborhood of fifteen years, he kept the characters looking and feeling like themselves throughout, despite any changes of penciler along the way.

     July 1, 2003 | Brevoort's History: FF #177
    From Silver Bullet Comics
    Fantastic Four #177 - December, 1976
    By Tom Brevoort

    FANTASTIC FOUR #178 (Jan 1977)
    Fantastic Four #177 was the first Marvel comic I truly went out and bought.

    I'd had bad experiences with the Marvel books that had made their way to my hands earlier (see Captain America #183). But by 1977, I was becoming more and more interested in the history of comics. And in reading the Human Torch story reprinted in Jules Feiffer's Great Comic Book Heroes and the chapter on the Torch and other Timely heroes in The Steranko History Of Comics, I became interested in the character.

    So contrary to all previous behavior, I went out with the intention of picking up a Marvel comic book starring the Human Torch. I made my way to the Genovese Drug Store, where they had a huge bin of Marvel books priced at 6 for a dollar. (I only realized years later that Genovese must have been getting their books off the back of a distributor's truck, since, being that all the books were several months old, they must have been returns which were reported as pulped) Digging through the large bin, I pulled up Fantastic Four #177-179.

    I read the three comics on the floor in the living room. And I found them to be pretty darned entertaining, particularly the first two issues by Roy Thomas, George Perez and Joe Sinnott. Similar to my previous Marvel experiences, I still didn't understand everything in these books--but they made me interested enough to want to figure out the parts I couldn't follow. I hunted up the current issue--#187, also drawn by George and Joe, but written by Len Wein--at the local 7-11, and I was off.

    I think it helped that FF #177-178 were among the most Schwartz-like issues of the book in a long time, with the colorful, wacky villains of the Frightful Four holding open auditions for their fourth member--something I could easily see the Flash's rogue's gallery doing.