Sunday, July 10, 2005

What was your favorite Fantastic Four change?

Fantastic Four, throughout its history, has been a great example of John Byrne's adage that the best sort of change is one that is not really a change, but LOOKS like a change.

The Fantastic Four has had many of these, including some that did not LOOK like changes, but really WERE changes!

But when all was said and done, things always came back to the standard.

However, it is fun to look back and think about what your FAVORITE major Fantastic Four change was.

I'm not talking "Reed having a scar on his face" or "Luke Cage joining" or "Spider-Man, Wolverine, Hulk and Ghost Rider forming a new FF." Those were all temporary stuff.

I am talking about major, long-lasting changes.

Some options:

1. Crystal replacing Sue as the 4th member.

2. Medusa replacing Sue as the 4th member.

3. Thing using a suit for his powers.

4. Alicia and Johnny dating.

5. She-Hulk replacing Ben as the 4th member.

6. Sharon Ventura and Crystal replacing Sue and Reed as the 3rd and 4th members.

7. The Fantastic Four existing without Reed (Namor, Ant-Man and Kristoff all, at times, working as the 4th member).

8. Thing having a disfigured face.

9. Johnny being married to a Skrull.

10. Franklin being grown up.

11. Valeria Richards as Marvel Girl.

So, what do you folks think?

What was your favorite major change in the FF?

Feel free to suggest ones that I missed!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's one that makes all the other (ultimately temporary) changes on the list look like passing fads: Sue Storm going from useless bystander to vital team member, a process that took decades. Heck, it took her years just to develop her force field powers.

7/10/2005 10:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got to agree with Yancy. Sue coming into her own is the real winner. I'd give the real credit for this to Byrne. Sue was stalled at the bubble barrage stage for a long time, but Byrne made a point of showing what she could really do and later writers continued from there.

The other changes were really writers struggling to find a fresh angle. When they succeeded, I'd give more credit to the ideas they sparked than the change itself.

Another real change for the list is the birth of Franklin. He's been used, mis-used and abused over the years, but with him there the dynamic of the team changed and Ben and Johnny were free to grow up a little.


7/11/2005 10:45 AM  
Blogger naladahc said...

Yeah. Sue developing was a major major major plus in the 80s.

But ya know... She-Hulk proved to me to be one of the great ears of the book too.

7/11/2005 1:35 PM  
Blogger Devon Sanders said...

She-Hulk's joining unlocked the code for my puberty to kick in.

7/11/2005 6:19 PM  
Blogger Bill Reed said...

I admit; I liked Lyja.

But really, most of the stuff you've listed here was just silly, all of it missing the point of the entire FF concept. :)

7/12/2005 4:52 PM  
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