FANTASTIC FOUR #350-354 (1991): Real Thing and Doom return

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“Ain’t nothin’ like the real Thing,” he says, standing over the body of his now-fleshy girlfriend…And look at Torch and Reed with the jazz hands!

“The more things change…” The puns are coming fast and furious. 

Doctor Doom is also trying to reestablish his “real” presence, taking his throne back from Kristoff and the rogue Doombots.

Some fun, family-style antics.

More on Franklin…

Doom is setting up for a big evil plot, as usual.

At the end of the issue, a challenge from Doom to Reed: A duel, with the lives of the Richards’ family in the balance.

And on that cliffhanger note…Issue #351 is a fill-in issue with a lame script by Len Kaminsky.

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With characterization like that, how can this issue NOT suck?

That’s Beyonder. And he’s talking with the Cosmic Cube, who now has the form of Kubik. It doesn’t make sense to me either.

Walt Simonson ends his run with a Dr. Doom story. 

Doom assesses the status of the four (five) at the start…


Yeah, having shape-changing skin means never looking old.  But Thing does look pretty sour in the custom corner box.

The team learns he’s amassing weapons, and Thing–in his exoskeleton–goes to stop him.  In the course of the battle, Doom explains that he’s been a Doombot most of the time since his first appearance…

…So now you can guess where it was the real Doom, and in which appearances he was way too easily defeated and couldn’t be real.


Lots of Simonson-like adventure, including more Time Variance Authority and the discovery of the Null-Zone.

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Which has these dudes in it:

And time travel.

And it ends with Doom back as king of Latveria, Sharon Ventura un-Thinged, and pretender Kristoff ousted.

And a pin-up to boot!

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