Appearing in "Bedlam at the Baxter Building!"Edit
- The Fantastic Four
- Doctor Doom (Victor von Doom)
- Puppet Master (Phillip Masters)
- Red Ghost (Ivan Kragoff)
- Mole Man (Harvey Elder)
- Black Knight (Nathan Garrett)
- Hydra Agents
- Cobra (Klaus Voorhees)
- Mister Hyde (Calvin Zabo)
- Enchantress (Amora)
- Executioner (Skurge)
- Kang (Nathaniel Richards)
- Super-Skrull (Kl'rt)
- Grey Gargoyle (Paul Duval)
- Electro (Max Dillon)
- Unicorn (Milos Masaryk)
- Melter (Bruno Horgan)
- Beetle (Abner Jenkins)
- Mad Thinker
- Awesome Android
- Human Top (David Cannon)
- Eel (Leopold Stryke)
- New York policemen
- Nick Fury
- SHIELD Agents
- Daredevil (Matt Murdock)
- Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
- Doctor Strange (Stephen Strange)
- Patsy Walker (First silver age appearance)
- Hedy Wolfe (First silver age appearance)
- Stan Lee
- Jack Kirby
- "Foggy" Nelson
- Karen Page
- Phil Sheldon (Behind the scenes)
- Plantman (Behind the scenes)
- Batroc the Leaper (Behind the scenes)
- Grogoom (Behind the scenes)
- Trapster (Behind the scenes)
- United States Of America
- Doctor Doom's Emotion Machine
- Daredevil's Billy Club
- Psychic Clay
- Spider-Man's Webshooters
- Captain America's Shield
- Iron Man Armor MK IV
- Hawkeye's Bow
- Doctor Doom's Armor
- Mandarin's Rings
- Melting Ray MK I
- Unicorn's Power Horn
- Cyclops' Visor MK I
- Beetle Armor MK I
- Black Knight's Power Lance
- Sub-atronic Time Displacer
- Mole Man's Drill
Synopsis for "Bedlam at the Baxter Building!"Edit
Reading the news of Reed Richards and Susan Storm's wedding day, Dr. Doom plots to ruin it by using his emotion changing device to make the super-villain community (whether or not they are a foe of the Fantastic Four) attack their wedding service.
Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. provide security for the wedding and stop a guest who the Puppet Master is controlling from poisoning Thing. While Thing considers telling Reed about the incident, Mole Man and his Moloids attack from underneath the building. Professor X summons the X-Men to help Thing ward them off. Reed, Sue and Johnny are attacked by the Red Ghost and his Super-Apes, until they are banished to another dimension by the arriving Dr. Strange.
With the initial attacks blunted, Dr. Doom increases the power enticing villains such as the Mandarin, Black Knight, Kang, the Awesome Android, and the Grey Gargoyle. While on his way to the wedding, Thor is attacked by the Super-Skrull whom is defeated by the Thunder God with the help of the Human Torch. Daredevil spots Hydra agents trying to drive a missile into the wedding party and tries to drive it away. The arriving Avengers, Captain America and Hawkeye fight Cobra, Executioner, Enchantress, and the Mad Thinker with the help of Spider-Man.
While Daredevil is chased by the Black Knight, an assist by the X-Men is interrupted by the arrival of the Mandarin, Electro, Unicorn, the Melter and the Beetle, while Quicksilver battles the Human Top.
Soon things explode into an all out battle between the heroes and villains until things are made even worse with the arrival of Attuma and his invading fleet, who had inadvertently intercepted the emotion changer impulse meant for the Sub-Mariner. Reed Richards is then summoned to the Watcher's citadel, where he is given a device that will allow him to send all his attackers away with no memory of what transpired. With the villains defeated, Reed and Sue are married off, while outside Stan Lee and Jack Kirby are asked to leave the ceremony as they do not have invitations.
Appearing in "Captives of the Deadly Duo"EditFeatured Characters:
- Matilda and Hiram (tourists)
- Tommy, a hospitalized boy
- Yancy Street Gang (Behind the scenes)
- New York Policemen
- United States of America
- Atlantic Ocean
- Doctor Doom's Armor
- Magnetic Grabber
- Unstable Molecules (Mentioned) (First Mention)
- Fantastic Four's Space Helmets
- Pogo Plane MK I
- Intercontinental Passenger Missile
- Doctor Doom's Aerosub (Destroyed)
Synopsis for "Captives of the Deadly Duo"Edit
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Appearing in "A Visit With the Fantastic Four"Edit
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Synopsis for "A Visit With the Fantastic Four"Edit
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Appearing in "The Impossible Man"Edit
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Synopsis for "The Impossible Man"Edit
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Bedlam at the Baxter Building!
- This story is told from another perspective in Marvel: Heroes & Legends #1 as well as in Marvels #2. Both of these tales confirm that the Time Displacer device not only wiped out the memories of the villains who attacked the wedding, but everyone on Earth. It also wiped out any photographic evidence of the villain attack so that record of Reed and Sue's wedding was not marred with reports of the battle.
- Phil Sheldon, Plantman, Batroc the Leaper, Grogoom, and the Trapster were all among characters present during this story when it was depicted in Marvel: Heroes & Legends #1, as such they are listed as being behind the scenes here.
- Doctor Doom was seeking revenge against the Fantastic Four after the Thing crushed his hands at the end of Fantastic Four #40. Doom had been hatching this scheme since Fantastic Four #43.
- Notably absent from the festivities were the Hulk and the Sub-Mariner. During this period of time, Namor was trying to reclaim his throne from Warlord Krang as depicted in Tales to Astonish #70-76. While the Hulk was being manipulated by the Leader into stealing the Ultimate Machine from Tales to Astonish #70-74.
- Following their wedding Reed and Sue were briefly brought to the future of Earth-60166 where they met numerous versions of their future selves who were gathered by their Earth-60166 counterparts to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary as seen in Fantastic Four: The Wedding Special #1. When Reed and Sue are returned to the exact moment that they were taken from, they retained no memory of the festivities. It was revealed in that same story that Reed and Sue spent their honeymoon at the Watcher's citadel on the moon.
What follows are some notes on the various guests who were in attendance during this story:
- Members of the Avengers were in attendance of the wedding. The Fantastic Four first met the Avengers back in Fantastic Four #25-26 during their battle against the Hulk. At this time, they previously worked together against Sundown in Untold Tales of Spider-Man Annual #1997.
- Iron Man is in attendance of the wedding in his alter-ego of millionaire industrialist Tony Stark. At this time Stark's double identity was a secret. Reed Richards would eventually learn it in New Avengers Illuminati Vol 2 #1. He did not reveal his identity to the public until Iron Man Vol 3 #55. During this period he was on a leave of absence from the Avengers as seen in Avengers #16. He last met with the Fantastic Four during Reed and Sue's wedding party in Fantastic Four #36. At this time Iron Man had just received an challenge to battle the Titanium Man in Tales of Suspense #69 a challenge chronicled in Tales of Suspense #70-71.
- Thor, also on leave from the Avengers circa Avengers #16, last interacted with the FF during Reed and Sue's engagement in Fantastic Four #36. He was last seen working with the X-Men in preventing Ymir the Frost Giant from being resurrected in X-Men First Class #5, after the wedding he went on to investigate the mystical being calling himself the Demon in Southeast Asia in Journey into Mystery #124.
- Captain America, chairman of the Avengers at this point since Avengers #16, is seen with new recruits Hawkeye, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch who also joined the Avengers in that issue. This is the first time the new Avengers met the Fantastic Four, with the exception of Captain America who met them previously in Fantastic Four #26. Cap last encountered the FF during Reed and Sue's engagement party in Fantastic Four #36. Prior to this story these active Avengers had just defeated the Comissar in Asia, as seen in Avengers #18. They went on to battle the Swordsman and the Mandarin in Avengers #19-Avengers #20.
- SHIELD agents Nick Fury, Dum Dum Dugan and Gabriel Jones are shown as part of the security detail here. SHIELD is a spy agency that was formed prior to Strange Tales #135. Fury last met the Fantastic Four while he was still part of the CIA in Fantastic Four #21 when they helped him stop the Hate-Monger. Since their last meeting, Fury is now wearing an eye patch due to the fact that his eye was injured by his brother Jacob Fury as seen in Fury #1. To date this is the first chronological time that Gabe Jones and Dum Dum Dugan met the Fantastic Four. After this story, SHIELD was involved in investigating the apparent return of the terrorist known as Yellowclaw in Strange Tales #160-Strange Tales #161.
- Also in attendance are the X-Men, who first met the Fantastic Four in Fantastic Four #28. They last met with the Fantastic Four during Reed and Sue's engagement party in Fantastic Four #36. At this point in time the X-Men's leader Charles Xavier kept his ties to the X-Men and his mutant powers a secret from the general public, hence why they are pretending that Xavier and the X-Men are merely acquaintances here. The world at large did not find out Xavier's ties to the X-Men or the fact that he was a mutant until New X-Men #116. The Fantastic Four eventually learned of these ties as early as their appearance in X-Men First Class Vol 2 #1. They last interacted with the Fantastic Four during Reed and Sue's engagement party in Fantastic Four #35. Prior to this story the team had just returned from a trip to Monster Island as depicted in X-Men First Class Vol 2 #2-3. After the wedding the X-Men clashed with the Sentinels for the first time as seen in X-Men #14-16
- Doctor Strange last worked with the Fantastic Four in Untold Tales of Spider-Man Annual #1997 when they fought against Sundown. Prior to this he battled the mystic known as Xandu with Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2 and later clashed with Mr. Rasputin in Strange Tales #145.
- Daredevil was in attendance in his alter-ego of Matt Murdock along with his collages Foggy Nelson and Karen Page. The trio were the legal team hired by the Fantastic Four back in Daredevil #2. Matt last helped the Fantastic Four in their last battle against Doctor Doom in Fantastic Four #39-40. At this time Matt's double identity was a secret, and was not generally known until Daredevil Vol 2 #32. At this point in time Daredevil had just recently returned from Lichtenbad where he battled Duke Klaus Kruger in Daredevil #9. He was later involved in exposing a political scandal within the Reform Party in Daredevil #10-11.
- Spider-Man was also attending the festivities, or at least crashing them. Spider-Man last helped the Fantastic Four battle a new and short lived incarnation of the Frightful Four in Amazing Spider-Man #657. During this time he had just finished battling the sorcerer Xandru with Doctor Strange in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2 and later joined the FF on a vacation where they felled the monster Krakatoom, also seen in Amazing Spider-Man #657.
- Amid the spectators watching the wedding are Patsy Walker and her friend Hedy Wolfe, marking their first in continuity appearances. The pair were part of the Timely and Atlas era teen romance comics, starting in Miss America Magazine #2 circa 1941. In Defenders #89 it was revealed that all of these early stories in publications such as Miss America Magazine Vol 1, Patsy and Hedy Vol 1, Patsy Walker Vol 1, and Teen Comics Vol 1 were works of fiction loosely based on Patsy's teenage years. These comic were created by her mother Dorothy Walker.
- Stan Lee and Jack Kirby attempted to crash the wedding, but were uninvited. They have been publishing comic books based on the Fantastic Four since Fantastic Four #10. Like in many appearances their faces were not depicted in this story. Unlike most dated references, the appearances of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby are not considered topical references per the Sliding Timescale of Earth-616. Instead, in the Earth-616 universe, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were in their prime and produced comic books during the early days of the modern age of heroes.
- This is the first time the Watcher begins breaking his oath of non-interference. The Watchers are forbidden to interfere in the actions of others due to a solemn vow of non-interference. This was due to the fact that the last time the Watchers got involved in the lives of other races it led to the Prosilican race annihilating itself, as seen in Tales of Suspense #53 and expanded upon in Original Sin #0. The Watcher last interacted with the Fantastic Four when the Red Ghost attempted to get revenge against them in Fantastic Four #29. Prior to this story, he sent the Human Torch and the Thing back in time in order to stop Kang from conquering the 6th Century as seen in Strange Tales #134. After this tale he provided his citadel for Reed and Sue to use on their honeymoon as seen in Fantastic Four: The Wedding Special #1.
What follows is a list of villains who physically appear in this story and details on what their situations where at the time this story was originally published:
- Villains who previously faced the Fantastic Four:
- After his failure against the Fantastic Four here, Doctor Doom next targeted the Avengers to test his wits against another foe before destroying the Fantastic Four, this plan turned out to be another failure as was depicted in Avengers #25.
- The Puppet Master was last seen in Strange Tales #133 where he had undergone plastic surgery and went after the Thing and the Human Torch. He was arrested after that story. His escape and return to his original appearance in this story is not explained. After escaping capture here, he went on to enthrall the Sub-Mariner for a period of time as seen in Tales to Astonish #78-80.
- The Red Ghost last clashed with the Fantastic Four in Fantastic Four #29 where he was tricked into entering a portal and being separated from his Super-Apes. He escaped incarceration in Russia as stated in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #9 followed by a failed team-up with the Mole Man in Avengers #12. Prior to this story he was reunited with his Super-Apes on the moon and was caught in a Chronospike as seen in FF Vol 2 #13. After being banished by Doctor Strange in this story he began working with the Unicorn against Iron Man as seen in Iron Man #15-16.
- The Mole Man and his Moloids had previously clashed with the Fantastic Four in Spider-Man Human Torch #1 where they foiled his scheme to steal works of art. Prior to this story he appeared in Avengers #17, clashing with the Avengers while they continued to hunt for the Hulk. After being defeated by the X-Men here, Elder and his Moloids attempted to rob an art museum only to be thwarted by Marvel Girl and the Scarlet Witch as seen in X-Men First Class Vol 2 #6.
- Kang the Conqueror previously clashed with the Fantastic Four in his previous incarnation of Rama-Tut in Fantastic Four #19. This is his first encounter with the whole group since becoming Kang in Avengers #8, however he was previously stopped from conquering the 6th Century by the Human Torch and the Thing in Strange Tales #134.
- The Awesome Android was defeated battling both the Fantastic Four and the X-Men in Fantastic Four #28. How it escaped custody is not explained here. The Mad Thinker later recovered the Awesome Android and used it to attack the Fantastic Four and the X-Men again in X-Men First Class Vol 2 #1. His regular master the Mad Thinker last clashed with the Fantastic Four as a group in Fantastic Four #28 as well escaping at the end of the battle, but more recently fought the Thing and Torch in Strange Tales #131.
- The Super-Skrull was last seen fleeing to the Skrull Galaxy after being defeated by the FF in Fantastic Four #32. Following his defeat here, the Super-Skrull attempted to attack the Fantastic Four on Christmas Eve as seen in Marvel Comics Presents #18.
- The Beetle started off as a villain of the Human Torch in Strange Tales #123. He previously faced the entire team when he joined a short lived incarnation of the Frightful Four in Amazing Spider-Man #657. After his defeat here he became a pawn of the Collector in Avengers #26-28
- The Eel previously fought the Human Torch in Strange Tales #112 and 117 had last battled Daredevil as part of the Fellowship of Fear in Daredevil #6 before this story. After this he was part of Count Nefaria's army of super-villains who attempted to take over Washington D.C. in X-Men #22-23.
- Attuma last clashed with the Fantastic Four in Fantastic Four #33, prior to this story he was defeated by Iron Man in Tales of Suspense #66. After this story his next attempt to conquer the surface was thwarted by the Avengers in Avengers #26-27.
- Villains who had not previously clashed with the Fantastic Four:
- A regular foe of Iron Man since Tales of Suspense #50, prior to this story, the Mandarin attempted to use the Swordsman to destroy the Avengers as depicted in Avengers #20. After being displace by Mister Fantastic he plotted to destroy Iron Man using the massive robot Ultimo, as seen in Tales of Suspense #76-78.
- The Black Knight was originally a foe of Giant-Man since Tales to Astonish #52. Prior to this story he was in an early incarnation of the Masters of Evil that was defeated by the original Avengers before the founding members departed in Avengers #16. How he escaped custody is not explained here. Following his defeat in this story, the Black Knight went after Iron Man in Tales of Suspense #73, a battle that ended in his death as confirmed in Avengers #47.
- At this point in his career the Grey Gargoyle had established himself as an enemy of Thor beginning in Journey into Mystery #107, his last appearance before this story was a failed attempt to steal Thor's hammer in Journey into Mystery #113. Following his defeat her he attempted to take over Stark Industries clashing with Iron Man in Tales of Suspense #95-97.
- The terrorist organization known as Hydra were enemies of SHIELD starting in Strange Tales #135. This attack was during SHIELD's first attempts to crush Hydra between Strange Tales #135-158.
- The Cobra and Mr. Hyde were originally a Thor foes starting in Journey into Mystery #98 and 99 respectively. Prior to this story the pair were in a failed partnership to destroy Thor in Journey into Mystery #110-111. The pair later teamed-up again and went on a crime spree to draw out Thor, only to clash with Daredevil in Daredevil #30-32.
- Likewise were the Executioner and Enchantress Thor foes starting in Journey into Mystery #103. Previously they went to Earth to terrorize Thor's lover Jane Foster and were stopped by Balder the Brave and Thor in Journey into Mystery #116-117. Following their defeat here the Enchantress dumped the Executioner in favor of Power Man in a failed bid to defeat the Avengers as seen in Avengers #21-Avengers #22. Skurge was reunited with Enchantress in Avengers Annual #1 when they were recruited by the Mandarin in a failed bid to take over the world.
- Electro is best known as a foe to Spider-Man starting in Amazing Spider-Man #9. Incidentally, he never faced the Fantastic Four but previously attempted to rob their headquarters but was foiled by Daredevil in Daredevil #2. Prior to this story he had joined the original Sinister Six, but was defeated by Spider-Man and sent to prison in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1. How he escaped from prison is not detailed here. He late resurfaced to form his own group, the Emissaries of Evil in a failed revenge scheme against Daredevil in Daredevil Annual #1.
- Melter and the Unicorn were both Iron Man foes, appearing in Tales of Suspense #47 and 56 respectively. Prior to this story, the Melter was part of an early incarnation of the Masters of Evil defeated by the original Avengers in Avengers #15-16 and arrested. The Unicorn was hiding out in Russia following his defeat at the hands of Iron Man in Tales of Suspense #56 prior to this story. Following this tale, the Melter went on to terrorize Stark Industries again in Tales of Suspense #89-90, while the Unicorn went on to join Count Nefaria's army of super-villains who attempted to hold Washington D.C. hostage before being stopped by the X-Men in X-Men #22-X-Men #23.
- The Human Top was previously a foe of Giant-Man beginning in Tales to Astonish #50. He was defeated and turned over to the police in Tales to Astonish #69. How he escaped captivity is not revealed here. He is next seen clashing with Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #37 as he was trying to reinvent his super-villain identity.
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