Issue #1 gave us Mole Man. Issue #2 introduced the skrulls. The villain in this issue is Miracle Man.
Hey, they can’t all be winners.
Miracle Man does a bunch of magic tricks and uses hypnotism.
Sue, being able to turn invisible, seems the most likely to be able to avoid his powers–so she goes it alone.
Note Reed and Ben agreeing and Johnny upset.
When they eventually beat Miracle Man, Reed says it’s because Johnny flashed a bright light, neutralizing Miracle’s hypnosis. Which makes Thing mad…
…And the team breaks up for the first, but certainly not the last, time.
Also in this issue, the team uses not one but two flying vehicles.
…And the much, much cooler Fantasti-Car, which flies…
And, a map of the team’s headquarters…
It was also the time they got their cool blue costumes with the chest 4s…
Note that Sue designed them, because she’s a woman. Stan couldn’t have a man design an outfit, I guess–even though Jack Kirby was the actual designer. Also note that there’s no mention of unstable molecules yet. No explanation for how the clothes remain intact when the members use their powers. Also, check out the helmet for Thing.
He refuses to wear it in this issue, but in the 1990s, he’ll finally put it on!
Oh and perhaps most importantly…
Reed goes into ball mode for the first time. In these early issues, he’s a lot like Plastic Man. Like earlier in this issue when they find another use for Reed, after getting a blow-out in their hot rod.
I almost made this a two-issue arc, because it ends with a cliffhanger as Johnny storms off (no pun intended) and seems to have quit the team. But the next issue is so important, it needs its own post.
And there’s still more.
This issue debuted the first-ever Marvel letters page. And it also was the first example of a future creator writing in: Alan Weis, who would later get a job as a Marvel inker.
Also, note the planted letter from Sol Brodsky, which takes the time to promo a whole bunch of other titles.