This January Fantastic Four #587 marks the end of the Fantastic Four and the last issue of Marvel’s longest running series. This ends the “Three” storyline by Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting, this issue arrives polybagged in comic shops to avoid spoiling the cataclysmic ending of the Fantastic Four. The Artist John Cassaday provides a shocking “spoiler” variant cover to the issue which ships after the release of Fantastic Four #587 to help preserve the surprise events that lead to the disruption of Marvel’s first super hero team. In addition, Marvel has officially announced that there will be no overprint on Fantastic Four #587, in addition to the issue not appearing on newsstands. Pollybagged issue on 1/5/11, and John Cassaday “spoiler” variant cover On-Sale—1/26/11. These are early release dates and are subject to change.
The Fantastic Four was the first Marvel comic I ever picked up in the early sixties. The cosmic spawned characters really intrigued me. The comic was better than the Justice League and my favorite Super Group title. Jack Kirby and Stan Lee had a hit on their hands and introduced a lot of new Marvel characters in the pages from number 1-100 including Dr.
Doom, the Silver Surfer, the Watcher, Galactus the world destroyer and the reintroduction of Namor the Sub-Mariner from golden age fame, and many others. It has been the Marvel’s charter group, everyone has heard of the Fantastic Four. Starting with issue 588 the title will be officially renamed The Fantastic Three. While Marvel has attempted this in the past, they have never gone through with the change of the original four minus one. Marvel says that issue 587 will end in the loss of either the Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic, Thing or the Human Torch. The First Marvel Family will mourn the loss of a loved one. The drama does not get any greater than this. While no really dies in comics the title will change and one will be gone. A major change in the Marvel Universe. Right or wrong tell me what you think. Who will bite the dust? Do you think this will last? Reserve my copy at the comic shop, be there or be left out. Stay tuned comic faithful for more. 🙂 Walt