Subby’s back again. (And note Thing’s trenchcoat on the cover.). 3 Namor appearances in 4 issues.
The FF are broke.
Reed Richards can invent all kinds of crap, but I guess he can’t fill out the forms for a copyright.
They get evicted from the Baxter Building. And needing money, they hitchhike to Hollywood…
…Figuring they can make it as movie stars. Note that this is Stan Lee’s own personal dream as well.
Once there, we get to see Jack Kirby drawing the biggest stars of the day. Putting “real life” celebrities and politicians in their comics helped make Marvel feel more accessible. Just like using New York City instead of “Gotham” or “Central City” also made readers feel more connected to the product.
I’ve created a tag so, if you’re interested, you can see all the other times I’ve noted famous people appearing in Marvel titles.
Across the issue, we see the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Bing Crosby, Charles Bronson, Bob Hope Dean Martin, Jack Benny, and others.
And one of the biggest names in Hollywood…
Yes, Namor is a movie producer. (Look how Sue is all attracted to a producer with money…)
And spoiler alert:
Everyone loves his movie!
Sub-Mariner and the F4 eventually fight, of course.
Namor t-bags Thing.
I think this is the first time we see that Namor has the powers of undersea creatures.
That’s not something he still has. Hence, I am using the tag: “Forgotten Power Sets.”
In these early days, they didn’t have creative letter page banners most of the time. Here’s what the FF’s was…
And they still had a page to fill, so…Pin-Up: