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Quote1 X-Men! Big deal! They're just a bunch of cornballs, if you ask me! Who'd they ever lick? Quote2
-- The Thing

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Synopsis for "We Have to Fight the X-Men!"Edit

The Thing is moving Alicia Masters's latest sculpture which this time represents himself, as Reed and Sue are reading the latest newspaper reports about the mysterious mutant heroes known as the X-Men. After finishing his task, Ben upsets Alicia by bringing up her step-father, the Puppet Master.

Incidentally, the Puppet Master has agreed to meet with an another foe of Fantastic Four, the Mad Thinker, who has developed a plan to destroy their mutual foes. The Thinker has determined that the X-Men's telepathic leader could be used to manipulate the X-Men into attacking the FF. Having tabulated circumstantial evidence to make a passing composition of this mysterious leader, the Puppet Master is able to mold a new puppet out of his clay. Despite the fact that it is lacking any facial features, it succeeds in enthralling the X-Men's leader Professor X all the way at the X-Men's headquarters. Having Charles Xavier under his control, the Puppet Master has him to summon the X-Men and order them to destroy the Fantastic Four.

Even though they are confused by these orders, the X-Men comply and fly their helicopter to the Baxter Building. Initially, they act friendly to the Fantastic Four who invite the young mutants into their home. Reed is showing his latest work when the X-Men's field leader Cyclops launches the attack with his optic blasts. With Cyclops and Beast battling Mister Fantastic and the Human Torch; Marvel Girl uses her telekinetic powers against the Thing; Angel and Iceman attack the Invisible Girl. When the male members of the Fantastic Four begin gaining the upper hand, Mr. Fantastic orders them to pretend surrendering. The X-Men flee the scene with Sue as their prisoner. Reed and the others follow the X-Men with Pogo Plane to the Mad Thinker's hideout where the X-Men are commended by Xavier to continue their battle against the Fantastic Four.

The Mad Thinker launches various weapons to subdue the Fantastic Four. The Puppet Master and Thinker reveal themselves and Professor X is ordered to make X-Men unconscious. However, the Beast is able to resist Xavier's mental command and manages to break the puppet which binds their leader. The Mad Thinker orders his Awesome Android to his aid and battle against the X-Men ensues. Meanwhile, Fantastic Four are able to break free from the Thinker's traps and come to help the mutants. However, it's Professor X who is able to defeat it by "applying mental pressure to a certain section of the Android's artificial nervous system". During the confusion the Thinker and Puppet Master manage to escape, leaving the Awesome Android behind. With the threat now over, Professor X orders the X-Men to return home, leaving the Fantastic Four to wonder if they will ever meet the group of mutants again.

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


Continuity Notes

  • Sue Storm's concern over the X-Men being mutants covers the overall underlying theme of prejudice that has been synonymous with the X-Men title for decades. Actual prejudice towards mutants was always implied in early issues of the X-Men but were not fully explored until later on in X-Men #8
  • The Puppet Master had previously been on the loose after his step-daughter Alicia convinced the Thing to let him go in Strange Tales #116. The Mad Thinker was last seen being turned over to the authorities in Fantastic Four #15. There is no clear explanation as to how the Thinker became free or recovered his Awesome Android.
  • At the time the identity of Professor X was a secret that was not well known to the general public, hence why the Mad Thinker and Puppet Master appear unaware. Xavier kept the ties between his School for Gifted Youngsters, the X-Men, and the fact that he was a mutant a secret until many years later in New X-Men #122.
  • Although he abandons his Awesome Android here, somehow the Mad Thinker recovers it when he next appears in Fantastic Four Annual #3. No explanation is given as to how he managed to recover the Awesome Android.


Continuity Errors

  • Cyclops' thought bubbles reveal that he was aware of the Mad Thinker's involvement before the Mad Thinker reveals himself to the X-Men. This appears to be an error.
  • The caption window states it was the Thing that destroyed the Puppet Master's puppet, when it was in fact Beast.


Fantastic Four Vol 1 28 Letters Page 001

Stan Lee clarifies "Robert Bruce Banner"

  • In the letter column of this issue Stan Lee declares that Bruce Banner's real name is Robert Bruce Banner. This is in response to fans writing in and pointing out that he mistakenly referred to Banner as "Bob" in issues #25 and #26
  • Credits:
    • Written by.......Stan Lee (The Leader!)
    • Drawn by........Jack Kirby (The King!)
    • Inked by........Chic Stone (The Master!)
    • Lettered by.....Art Simek (The Letterer!)


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