Pin-up from Fantastic Four #15, by Jack Kirby
Interior panels from Fantastic Four #15, by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee
Even when Invisible Girl gets to contribute and save the day, she still gets saddled with gender stereotypes (“sensitive touch”). Sigh.
Interior page from Fantastic Four #15, by Jack Kirby
First interior appearance of the Mad Thinker and Awesome Android
MISSION: MARVEL ENTRY #59
Fantastic Four #15, June 1963, written by Stan Lee, penciled by Jack Kirby
- Mad Thinker, who goes on to become one of the FF’s most prominent villains. This is kinda odd considering he’s just a guy who plans things really well and he doesn’t have anything that special going on for him. He’ll next appear in Fantastic Four #28, which also guest-stars the X-Men.
- Awesome Android, who the Mad Thinker builds based on Reed Richards’ plans.He goes on to appear alongside Mad Thinker for the next few decades before landing a great supporting role in Dan Slott’s She-Hulk run, where his nickname “Awesome Andy” comes from.
MISSION: MARVEL ENTRY #58
Tales of Suspense #42, June 1963, written by Stan Lee and Robert Bernstein, written and penciled by Larry Lieber (backup), penciled by Don Heck and Steve Ditko (backup)
It’s so crazy to think that there was a time when a guy who can just wear rubber masks and impersonate people could be considered a serious threat to any hero. That time came and went quickly, because this is the Actor’s only appearance.
- Red Barbarian - First appearance, and he doesn’t show back up again until two issues of “Iron Man and the Armor Wars” in 2009.
MISSION: MARVEL ENTRY #57
Strange Tales #109, June 1963, written by Robert Bernstein and Stan Lee, written and penciled by Larry Lieber (backup), penciled by Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko (backup)
Interior panels from Sgt. Fury #1, by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee
The girl, the only one in the issue who is I think named Marie, goes from inexplicably and unrealistically crying to firing off a machine gun in one panel’s time.