The creation of the modern Marvel Universe and the Fantastic Four can not be separated. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s first superhero comic for the newly re-branded company launched the team and Marvel into the stratosphere and laid the foundation for the coming Marvel Age.
In celebration of Marvel and the First Family’s 60th Anniversary in August, Marvel will be releasing a variety of comics and collections to pay tribute to the Four, starting with the re-release of Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol. 2.
Volume 2 collects Fantastic Four #31-60 and Annuals #2-4 and features classic first appearances and storylines including the origin of Dr. Doom, battles with the Frightful Four, The Mole Man, and Diablo, the wedding of Reed Richards and Sue Storm, the coming of the Silver Surfer and the World Eater in “The Galactus Saga”, the debut of the the Black Panther and the Inhumans, and one of the most revered stories in all of Marvel history, a realistic and poignant look into the life of the Thing called “This Man, This Monster!”. Bonus materials include critical essays and features about the team and the Marvel Universe they helped shape.
This is the third printing for Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol. 2 (which was previously released in 2007 and 2013, so if you are interested, pick it up now, because the prices for Omnibuses skyrocket once they go out of print). Volumes 3 and 4 will also be reissued in August and September (although Vol. 4 will be released before Vol. 3 for some reason), completing Kirby and Lee’s classic run on the Fantastic Four.
Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol. 2 is once again available with two covers, one bearing Kirby’s artwork for issue #49 and a variant reimaging of Kirby’s cover by Jose Ladronn.
Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol. 2 will be released in comic shops everywhere on July 28 and contains 832 pages for a retail price of $100 (which surprisingly hasn’t gone up since 2007).
Check out both covers below and stay tuned to Conskipper for more of the celebration of the Fantastic Four (and Marvel’s) 60th Anniversary.