Greetings friends, Romans and comic book fans! For my first Speak On It column, I would like to keep the subject matter upbeat- so I will not review the Fantastic Four movie because I have nothing good to say about it.
However, when it comes to the cosmic quartet themselves then there are many great things to geek out about!
Created in 1961 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby this innovative comic book became the foundation of Marvel Comics. The series not only had humor and bombastic art but it had vision and depth.
Their story begins like a retelling of the Greek tragedy , Icarus. Out of hubris they attempt to go as high as they can but ultimately crash back to our world. Their newfound powers(or perhaps a metaphor for insight into their own fallacies) correspond to their distinct personalities. A lot of melodrama, bickering and humor ensues!
This series also touched on the topics of love, jealousy, physical disabilities, colonialism, reproductive rights, the role of the family in a nuclear age and so much more, wrapped up in grand adventures to startle your imagination!
The Fantastic Four is a landmark series that changed the artform. To see it being done such a disservice is disappointing. I believe Marvel Studios should get the rights back from Fox Studios and make a movie worthy of the team.
However, I guess it’s ironic that for decades(until recently) Marvel Entertainment denied co-creator Jack Kirby his original artwork and royalties and co-creator credit. Hey, a deal is a deal Jack and you made a bad one. Now Fox has denied Marvel their character’s film rights for years. Just sayin’.
Fantastic Four Throwback!