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Marvel Day: In The First War Against The Fantastic Four, It Took A Volcano To Stop Super-Skrull

 

MARVEL DAY

In 'Fantastic Four' (1963) #18, the Fantastic Four battle Super-Skrull for the first time.
Writer(s)

Stan Lee


Penciler(s)

Jack Kirby


Inker(s)

Dick Ayers


Colorist(s)

Stan Goldberg


Cover

Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman, Stan Goldberg and Art Simek


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

June 11, 1963

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SUPER-SKRULL MAY APPEAR IN THE NEW FF MOVIE

In 2019, fans of CAPTAIN MARVEL [Blu-ray], got a glimpse for the possible direction of the new Fantastic Four movie. In short, the movie is about Kree super-spy Carol Danvers. As she struggles to regain her memories, Carol is caught in a war between the Kree and the shape-shifting Skrulls. Eventually, she becomes Captain Marvel, a galactic superhero. At ScreenRant, Chris Voyage speculates that Super-Skrull would be the perfect villain for the FF’s MCU debut.

In addition, clues have been planted in Spider-Man: Far From Home, about the upcoming Disney+ show Secret Invasion. In fact, it is based on the eponymous comic where Earth is invaded by Skrull spies. Dangerously, the spies use their shape-shifting powers to impersonate Earth’s heroes. For their part, let’s look at the first war between Super-Skrull and the Fantastic Four.

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AFTER A PREVIOUS FAILED INVASION, THE EMPEROR SENDS SUPER-SKRULL TO INVADE EARTH

In the fifth quadrant of the Andromeda galaxy, on Tarnax IV, the Skrull Emperor plans to invade Earth. Previously, the Fantastic Four thwarted the Skrull invasion. This time, they are sending the Super-Skrull named Kl’rt. With the powers of the FF, Kl’rt is even stronger than the team combined.

A week later, the Fantastic Four respond to reports of an alien sighting at Times Square. There, Super-Skrull appears and plants the Skrull flag on the ground. Thereby, Kl’rt claims Earth as a Skrull colony. When a mob attacks him, Super-Skrull bats them aside. Soon, the FF battle Super-Skrull but are no match. In the end, the Fantastic Four are forced to flee.

In Fantastic Four (1963) #18, Mister Fantastic battles Super-Skrull. Marvel Comics.

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IN A FINAL BATTLE, THE FF IMPRISON SUPER-SKRULL IN A VOLCANO

In the final battle, the Fantastic Four goad Super-Skrull on an abandoned island named Crater Isle. Previously, Reed deduced the source of Kl’rt’s powers. Indeed, he derives his amazing super powers from a homing beacon to the Skrull Throneworld. Quickly, Mister Fantastic constructed a jamming device.

During the battle, the Fantastic Four distract Super-Skrull. Meanwhile, Invisible Girl plants the jamming device. Amazingly, the device deprives Kl’rt access to his super powers. Now powerless, Super-Skrull is knocked into a volcano. To finish him, Human Torch seals the sand over the opening with his flame.

Crater Isle.
Crater Isle. Marvel Comics.

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REFERENCES

Super Skrull Is The Best Villain For Fantastic Four’s MCU Debut (Not Doom) in ScreenRant.
Fantastic Four Vol 1 18 in Marvel Database.
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Super Power: 5 Super Powers That Make Invisible Woman Fantastic

In 'Fantastic Four Unlimited' (1993) #3, Invisible Woman creates a force field inside a black hole in the Negative Zone.
 
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INVISIBLE WOMAN’S FORCE FIELDS CAN SURVIVE A BLACK HOLE

In 'Fantastic Four Unlimited' (1993) #3, Invisible Woman creates a force field inside a black hole in the Negative Zone.
In ‘Fantastic Four Unlimited’ (1993) #3, Invisible Woman creates a force field inside a black hole in the Negative Zone. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Invisible Woman is one of the Marvel powerhouses. To boot, her power extends to the Galaxy Level. Her main super power is the power to create force fields or force field bubbles. She has created force fields to withstand blows from Luke Cage, or to restrain Absorbing Man. In ‘Fantastic Four Unlimited’ (1993) #3, Invisible Woman proved why she is one of the most powerful members of the Fantastic Four.

In a scientific expedition to the Negative Zone, the Fantastic Four, Blastaar and Annihilus ended up inside a vortex or black hole. The team was protected by Annihilus’ cosmic control rod and Blastaar’s helmet. As they were being sucked into the vortex by its distortion waves, their tech starting wearing off and Reed started fearing for their lives. At that moment, Sue came to their rescue and created a force field inside the black hole. Thus, she proved why her power may be without limit!

Let’s list down Sue Storm’s five most fantastic super powers.

INVISIBLE WOMAN’S FIVE FANTASTIC SUPER POWERS

PSIONIC FORCE FIELDS

In 'Fantastic Four' (1986) #286, Sue Storm blocks Jean Grey's telekinesis with force fields.
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1986) #286, Sue Storm blocks Jean Grey’s telekinesis with force fields. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1986) #286, the Avengers have recovered a strange capsule from Jamaica Bay containing life. During the night, as Captain America and Mister Fantastic are studying it, the capsule begins levitating. A young girl steps out and levitates the Avengers and Fantastic Four pinning them to the ceiling. She thinks they are Steven Lang’s duplicates. Invisible Woman arrives and takes her down. As the girl attempts her telekinesis on Invisible Woman, Sue blocks it with force fields. She frees the others from the X-Man’s control. Later, they find out the young girl is the X-Man Marvel Girl, long missing for years.

INVISIBILITY

In 'Silver Surfer' (1987) #15, Invisible Woman shoots Silver Surfer with an invisible gun before he can react.
In ‘Silver Surfer’ (1987) #15, Invisible Woman shoots Silver Surfer with an invisible gun before he can react. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Perhaps, Invisible Woman’s most famous super power is the ability to turn herself and other objects and persons invisible. Susan is able to manipulate ambient cosmic energy for a variety of effects. In ‘Silver Surfer’ (1987) #15, Invisible Woman has to trade the Silver Surfer’s life in exchange for the Soul Gems. She shoots him with an invisible gun before he can react.

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COLOR MANIPULATION

In 'Invisible Woman' (2019) #3, Invisible Woman turns her hair color from blonde to brunette.
In ‘Invisible Woman’ (2019) #3, Invisible Woman turns her hair color from blonde to brunette. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

In ‘Invisible Woman’ (2019) #3, Invisible Woman needs to find her partner or face execution. To this end, she goes undercover and becomes a spy! In order to begin her mission, Invisible Woman uses her color manipulation power to turn her hair from blonde to brunette.

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COSMIC RAY AWARENESS

In 'Fantastic Four' (2002) #62, Invisible Woman can see cosmic rays.
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (2002) #62, Invisible Woman can see cosmic rays. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Invisible Woman has a form of cosmic awareness. In ‘Fantastic Four’ (2002) #62, Sue has turned Reed invisible so that he can work undetected in Times Square, New York. As Reed is working on mathematical equations, Sue asks him how it is possible for her to see him while he is invisible.

Cosmic Ray Awareness: Sue’s retina are able to detect cosmic rays as well as visible light. This allows her to perceive her own force fields and other invisible objects and, with concentration, can also provide her with a limited form of vision, allowing her to “see” even if blinded.

-SUSAN STORM, MARVEL DATABASE

FANTASTIC FOUR POWER SYNERGISM

In 'Marvel 2-In-One' (2018) #3, Thing and the Human Torch about their power synergism from Rachna Koul.
In ‘Marvel 2-In-One’ (2018) #3, Thing and the Human Torch about their power synergism from Rachna Koul. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Oddly, Invisible Woman shares a super power with the Fantastic Four. In ‘Marvel 2-In-One’ (2018) #3, Reed Richards sends Thing and the Human Torch a message that he needs help as he is in danger in another universe. However, Human Torch has been experiencing some power loss and needs help. Then, Thing takes him to see Hercules who requested assistance from Zeus deprived him of his godly super powers. Surely, Surely, Hercules takes them to see Rachna Koul, a scientist that helps superheroes and supervillains with super power issues for money. Rachna tells them that the Fanastic Four have a super power synergism and the farther away they are from each other, the more they will lose their super powers.

Fantastic Four Power Synergism: The original members of the Fantastic Four are tethered to each other, and act as as their own conduits of power. They can be apart within their own universe and retain a connection, but prolonged periods cut off from each other in other universes result in a gradual decline in power levels. If they spend too much time separated this way, they would eventually become powerless.

-SUSAN STORM, MARVEL DATABASE

FEAT OF THE DAY: IN ‘FANTASTIC FOUR’ #22, INVISIBLE WOMAN BEATS SHE-HULK, THING, TITANIA AND ABSORBING MAN WITH A FORCE FIELD CONSTRUCT

In 'Fantastic Four' (1999) #22, Invisible Woman beats She-Hulk, Thing, Titania and Absorbing Man with a force field construct.
In ‘Fantastic Four’ (1999) #22, Invisible Woman beats She-Hulk, Thing, Titania and Absorbing Man with a force field construct. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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SOURCES

Fantastic Four Unlimited Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.
Fantastic Four Vol 1 286 in Marvel Database.
Silver Surfer Vol 3 15 in Marvel Database.
Invisible Woman Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.
Fantastic Four Vol 3 62 in Marvel Database.
Marvel 2-In-One Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.
Susan Storm (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Fantastic Four Vol 3 22 in Marvel Database.