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The Fantastic Four is a fictional superhero team appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics . The group debuted in The Fantastic Four #1 ( cover dated Nov. 1961), which helped to usher in a new level of realism in the medium . The Fantastic Four was the first superhero team created by editor/co-plotter Stan Lee and artist/co-plotter Jack Kirby , who developed a collaborative approach to creating comics with this title that they would use from then on.

Since their original 1961 introduction, the Fantastic Four have been portrayed as a somewhat dysfunctional, yet loving, family. Breaking convention with other comic book archetypes of the time, they would squabble and hold grudges both deep and petty and eschewed anonymity or secret identities in favor of celebrity status. The team is also well known for its recurring encounters with characters such as the villainous monarch Doctor Doom , the planet-devouring Galactus , the sea-dwelling prince Namor , the spacefaring Silver Surfer and the shape-changing alien Skrulls .

Lee said he created a synopsis for the first Fantastic Four story that he gave to penciller Jack Kirby , who then drew the entire story. Kirby turned in his penciled art pages to Lee, who added dialogue and captions. This approach to creating comics, which became known as the " Marvel Method ", worked so well for Lee and Kirby that they used it from then on; the Marvel Method became standard for the company within a year. [2] : 87

The release of The Fantastic Four #1 (Nov. 1961) was an unexpected success. Lee had felt ready to leave the comics field at the time, but the positive response to Fantastic Four persuaded him to stay on. [9] The title began to receive fan mail [10] and Lee started printing the letters in a letter column with issue #3. Also with the third issue, Lee created the hyperbolic slogan "The Greatest Comic Magazine in the World!!" With the following issue, the slogan was changed to "The World's Greatest Comic Magazine!" and became a fixture on the issue covers into the 1990s, [2] : 87 and on numerous covers in the 2000s.

Issue #4 (May 1962) reintroduced Namor the Sub-Mariner , [11] an aquatic antihero who was a star character of Marvel's earliest iteration, Timely Comics , during the late 1930s and 1940s period that historians and fans call the Golden Age of Comics . Issue #5 (July 1962) introduced the team's most frequent nemesis, Doctor Doom . [12] These earliest issues were published bimonthly. With issue #16 (July 1963), the cover title dropped its The and became simply Fantastic Four .

Marvel filed for a trademark for "Fantastic Four" in 1967 and the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued the registration in 1970. [30]

Fantastic Four characters will no longer be sold for Marvel Heroes soon. According to the developers of the game, they no longer have the rights.

Gazillion, the company behind the popular Marvel Comics action RPG / MMO, stated in their latest blog post that come July 1st, 2017, players will no longer be able to purchase Fantastic Four characters. This includes Mr. Fantastic, The Thing, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, and Silver Surfer.

"Under Gazillion’s renewed licensing agreement we do not have the rights to continue selling these characters moving forward," the blog notes. "However, players who have already purchased or unlocked any of these affected characters and costumes before July 1 will be able to continue playing them as usual."

Several character costumes will also be affected once the aforementioned date rolls around. Gazillion notes that they will continue to support these heroes with the same tuning, bug fixing, and attention they give to the others on the roster.

So, why are we talking about this on a fighting game news site? Obviously, this raises the already strong concern for potential X-Men and Fantastic Four characters in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

At this time, characters from either franchise have not been revealed as playable in the upcoming crossover fighter. Many of the characters from these IPs are not only fan-favorites, but are staples of the versus series that stem all the way back to its roots.

The Fantastic Four is a fictional superhero team appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics . The group debuted in The Fantastic Four #1 ( cover dated Nov. 1961), which helped to usher in a new level of realism in the medium . The Fantastic Four was the first superhero team created by editor/co-plotter Stan Lee and artist/co-plotter Jack Kirby , who developed a collaborative approach to creating comics with this title that they would use from then on.

Since their original 1961 introduction, the Fantastic Four have been portrayed as a somewhat dysfunctional, yet loving, family. Breaking convention with other comic book archetypes of the time, they would squabble and hold grudges both deep and petty and eschewed anonymity or secret identities in favor of celebrity status. The team is also well known for its recurring encounters with characters such as the villainous monarch Doctor Doom , the planet-devouring Galactus , the sea-dwelling prince Namor , the spacefaring Silver Surfer and the shape-changing alien Skrulls .

Lee said he created a synopsis for the first Fantastic Four story that he gave to penciller Jack Kirby , who then drew the entire story. Kirby turned in his penciled art pages to Lee, who added dialogue and captions. This approach to creating comics, which became known as the " Marvel Method ", worked so well for Lee and Kirby that they used it from then on; the Marvel Method became standard for the company within a year. [2] : 87

The release of The Fantastic Four #1 (Nov. 1961) was an unexpected success. Lee had felt ready to leave the comics field at the time, but the positive response to Fantastic Four persuaded him to stay on. [9] The title began to receive fan mail [10] and Lee started printing the letters in a letter column with issue #3. Also with the third issue, Lee created the hyperbolic slogan "The Greatest Comic Magazine in the World!!" With the following issue, the slogan was changed to "The World's Greatest Comic Magazine!" and became a fixture on the issue covers into the 1990s, [2] : 87 and on numerous covers in the 2000s.

Issue #4 (May 1962) reintroduced Namor the Sub-Mariner , [11] an aquatic antihero who was a star character of Marvel's earliest iteration, Timely Comics , during the late 1930s and 1940s period that historians and fans call the Golden Age of Comics . Issue #5 (July 1962) introduced the team's most frequent nemesis, Doctor Doom . [12] These earliest issues were published bimonthly. With issue #16 (July 1963), the cover title dropped its The and became simply Fantastic Four .

Marvel filed for a trademark for "Fantastic Four" in 1967 and the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued the registration in 1970. [30]


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