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Appearing in "It Started on Yancy Street!"Edit
- The Fantastic Four
- Yancy Street Gang
- Mole Man (In a photograph only)
- Miracle Man (In a photograph only)
- Sub-Mariner (In a photograph only)
- Dr Doom (In a photograph only)
- Puppet Master (In a photograph only)
- Mad Thinker (In a photograph only)
- Super Skrull (In a photograph only)
- United States of America
- The Moon
Synopsis for "It Started on Yancy Street!"Edit
Fed up with the constant aggravation of the Yancy St. Gang, the Thing leads the FF down into Yancy Street, however the street wise gang manage to force the FF to flee from the scene. After yet another explosive package is sent to the Baxter Building, Thing convinces the FF to go once more to deal with the Yancys once and for all.
However, this is all a ruse planned by the Red Ghost who attacks the FF with his Super-Apes, and during the fight Red Ghost takes Johnny prisoner forcing the rest of the team to surrender. Taking them aboard a space craft, the Red Ghost dumps the FF in an airless area of the moon to perish in revenge for his last defeat at their hands.
Breaking free and protected by Sue's force field, the FF tunnel to the Watcher's citadel, there they are greeted by the Watcher who is contacting them from lightyears away to advise them they are allowed to stay in his home while he's away so long as they do not tamper with any of the technology to be found there.
Disobeying the Watcher, they use a device to draw the Red Ghost back to the Moon where they have a rematch. However during the fight the Red Ghost gets a hold of one of the Watcher's weapons, however when he activates it creating a strange portal, he ironically becomes its victim when he is knocked into it by Sue. With their master defeated the Super-Apes retreat in their ship. The Watcher returns, not upset by the FF's action but cannot permit them to stay in his home and so transports them back to Earth, where the Thing is glad to be home, even if they did materialize on Yancy Street.
- In this issue the Fantastic Four were going through their files of villains they had previously faced, they were:
- The Mole Man who was seemingly slain when his island was sunk in Fantastic Four #22, he would resurface to terrorize the Fantastic Four again in Fantastic Four #31
- The Super-Skrull was defeated by the Fantastic Four in Fantastic Four #18 where he was trapped in a crater by the Human Torch where he remained trapped until he was freed by his people in Fantastic Four #31.
- The Miracle Man was defeated by the Fantastic Four and arrested at the end of Fantastic Four #3. He would remain incarcerated for a few years until he was released in Fantastic Four #138.
- Doctor Doom who seemingly perished passing through a portal into deep space created by a "Solar Wave" in Fantastic Four #23. He is rescued from space by Rama-Tut in Fantastic Four Annual #2 and battles the Fantastic Four later that same issue.
- The Sub-Mariner was defeated by the Fantastic Four after a failed attempt to force the Invisible Girl to be his queen in Fantastic Four #27. During this time he was tricked into battling the X-Men by the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants in X-Men #6. His next encounter with the Fantastic Four would later be tricked into battling Spider-Man by the Human Torch as a prank in Untold Tales of Spider-Man Annual #1996.
- The Mad Thinker and the Puppet Master were both defeated by the Fantastic Four and the X-Men in Fantastic Four #28. They both resurface pitting the Torch and Thing against each other in Strange Tales #126.
- The Red Ghost and his Super-Apes have been trapped on the Blue Area of the Moon since their initial encounter with the Fantastic Four #13.
- The Yancy Street Gang torment the Thing due to the fact that he used to be leader of their gang, as seen in Thing #1. When he left the group it was seen as a betrayal.
- The Watcher is 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. At this time the Watcher was splitting his time between his citadel on the Moon and the Watcher's homeworld as depicted in Tales of Suspense #54-57.
- Avengers #133-134 reveals that the Blue Area of the Moon was constructed 10 million years ago by the alien race known as the Kree when they were in competition with the Cotati to construct a city that could please the Skrulls who were looking to ally themselves with whomever won the contest. When the Cotati won, the Kree slew both the Cotati and the Skrulls on the moon, launching the opening salvo of the centuries long Kree-Skrull War. The Blue Area was abandoned not long thereafter.
- According to Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #9 the portal the Red Ghost is tricked into crossing actually teleported him back to Russia where he was briefly incarcerated. This goes to explain how he appeared later in Avengers #12
- The Super-Apes remain on the moon here, the Red Ghost later returns to them to try and pilfer technology from the Watcher again. He gets caught in the Chronospike bringing them years into the future where he encountered future versions of himself, his Super-Apes, as well as the Future Foundation before being returned to his proper time as seen in FF Vol 2 #13.
- This issue is reprinted in other comics and books, see references for more info.
- The Fantastic Four Fan Page for this issue provides an interesting look at a discussion concerning the use of Communists as villains. The Bullpen acknowledges having received hundreds of letters concerning the subject and a few of them are printed here.
- Written With A Dash Of Greatness By: Stan Lee
- Drawn With A Hint Of Glory By: Jack Kirby
- Inked With A Touch Of Drama By: Chic Stone
- Lettered With A Bottle Of India Ink By: S. Rosen
- references: Fantastic Four #13 (x2)
- No trivia.
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