Quote1 Benjamin, why don't you take up a hobby? Something that will keep you out of here while I'm working? Quote2
-- Mister Fantastic

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Synopsis for "The Search for Sub-Mariner!"Edit

Sue is surprised when she sees Reed using a device that projects his thoughts and sees that he is thinking of her. When trying it on Ben afterwards, the Thing conjures up images of Doctor Doom, comically frightening him. When Reed asks Sue to try it on she declines, not wanting to have her thoughts revealed. When Ben starts asking Reed why he hasn't asked Sue to marry him, Reed tells both Ben and Johnny that he plans on doing just that.

Meanwhile, in his abandoned kingdom, the Sub-Mariner broods over his desire to have Sue Storm as his bride. When he demands the last of his followers to assist him in capturing her, they decline to do so and abandon him as well. Deciding to deal with things himself, Namor disguises himself and travels to the surface world. At the Baxter Building he uses devices to incapacitate both the Thing and the Human Torch before revealing himself to Sue. Namor demands that Sue return with him into the sea and become his queen, but when she refuses to comply he gasses her and takes her prisoner. When Reed returns from his shopping trip with an engagement ring he wants to give Sue, he is shocked to hear from Ben and Johnny that she had been kidnapped by the Sub-Mariner yet again. Suddenly becoming furious, Reed goes after Namor alone, fighting off Ben and Johnny when they try to get him to calm down.

Without Reed to guide them, both Ben and Johnny are stuck as to how to track down Namor. They decide to reach out to the mystic known as Doctor Strange. Seeing Johnny's flaming message in the sky, Strange sends his ectoplasmic form to meet them at the Baxter Building. Hearing their plight, Doctor Strange agrees to help and his form ventures out to find the location of Namor's kingdom. Finding it, he confirms that Sue is safe before returning back to tell Ben and Johnny the whereabouts of Sue. Meanwhile, Reed manages to find Namor's domain and attacks the Sub-Mariner. As Reed begins to gain the upper hand, Namor's troops decide to return to their king.

By this point Doctor Strange had returned to the Baxter Building and uses a spell to teleport Johnny and Ben to help Reed in battling the Atlantean soldiers. As Reed struggles with Namor, Ben holds off the soldiers while the Torch frees his sister. When the Atlanteans try to flood the chamber the two siblings work together to stop the room from filling with water. Namor manages to regroup with his soldiers and gets a powerful cannon, however when they fire upon Ben and Reed they discover the weapon apparently has no effect. It turns out that they were being protected by Sue's force field. She then tells Namor that she does not love him and that she truly loves Reed. Observing from afar, Doctor Strange sees this as an opportune moment to step in and uses his magic to teleport the Fantastic Four aboard Reed's submariner. While Namor is disorientated, the quartet makes a hasty retreat. However despite Sue's claims that she loves only Reed, he is convinced that she only said so in order to protect him from Namor, leaving him in doubt about proposing to her.

Continuity Notes

  • In this story Reed Richards purchases a ring for Sue. However in Fantastic Four: First Family #6 Reed had already gotten a ring for Sue. The events of Fantastic Four: First Family #6 took place between Fantastic Four #2 and 3. Since that story was published decades after the events of Fantastic Four #27, it could be considered a continuity error. However, in the context of that story, Reed never actually proposes to Sue -- just gives her the ring. One could presume that it was a promise ring or pre-engagement ring. Culturally a pre-engagement ring signifies a couple entering into a monogamous relationship with the intent of eventually getting engaged and later married. Accepting that, it can then be assumed that the ring purchased by Reed here was an actual engagement ring.
  • The soldiers fighting alongside Namor here were some loyal followers who did not abandon him for pursuing a romance with Sue Storm in Fantastic Four Annual #1.
  • While Reed lost his nerve to propose to Sue here, he eventually mustered up the courage to do so in Fantastic Four #35.

Publication Notes

  • This issue is reprinted in other comics and books, see references for more info.[1]

  • This issue features Doctor Strange's first crossover appearance.
  • credits:
    • Presented By The Most Talked-About Team In Comics...
    • Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Author and Illustrator Extraordinary
    • Inked By: Geo. Bell
    • Lettered By: S. Rosen

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