FANTASTIC FOUR #22 (1964): 1st Invisible Girl forcefields, “I’ts Clobberin Time”

The Invisible Girl gets her new powers–creating forcefields and making objects invisible–and antics enSUE.  Get it?  Hello? Is this thing on?

Don’t like that joke?  SUE me!

Also…

Thing falls down a hole again.

After discovering her new ability, the team tests it.

While performing their tests, they are told that housing their base in New York City is too dangerous.

And that’s kinda true.  Also, why do the FF need an intercontinental ballistic missile?

Anyway, they locate an unclaimed island off the coast of New Jersey and check it out as a possible source for a new base.  But it turns out Mole Man is there.

Why does Mole Man need a surface-world island?  Maybe because they blew up Monster Island in FF#1?

Mole Man has a plan to bury Moscow and New York under ground, so the FF have to stop him.  The contraption he invented to submerge the cities is instead used to submerge the island, and Mole Man is foiled again.

Oh, and this was also the first appearance of Ben Grimm’s catchphrase…

]\In other Thing news, he shaves.

This notion, of Thing shaving, would be picked up 20 years later in the pages of Marvel Fanfare…

And finally, a young David Cockrum writes in to the mag.

STRANGE TALES #116 (1964)

Torch and Thing fight each other because of Puppet Master. The whole point of Strange Tales was to give Human Torch some alone time, but he keeps having Fantastic Four…

TALES OF SUSPENSE #49 (1964)

Okay, so this is the first truly GREAT issue of this comic since the Iron Man origin story way back in ToS #39. First off, we get an extra-long Iron…

THE AVENGERS #3 (1964)

This is almost the first “Hulk vs. Everybody” comic.  The Avengers hunt him down, after having fought him in issue #1 (albeit he was under Loki’s thrall), and try to…

STRANGE TALES #118-119 (1964)

Some Dr. Strange stories.  Some solo Human Torch stories.  I’m going to bundle them because they’re short stories and not a lot happens.  Of note: It is about now that…