Four Color Comments: You Can’t Have A Marvel Legacy Without The Fantastic Four

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Marvel celebrates their legacy without Marvel’s first family.

Even though retailers and fans told Marvel they are tired of comic events, Marvel still decides to go ahead with another event after the Secret Empire. This “genius” idea is entitled Marvel Legacy.

Here’s Marvel’s pitch on it:

Over the next few months, MARVEL LEGACY will usher in the dramatic return of dozens of its most beloved heroes, villains, teams and artifacts in bold stories that will begin the next chapter of the Marvel Universe. A return to original series numbering will serve as a rallying cry for old fans, and a dynamic new trade dress will signal a clean jumping-on point for new readers.

Not a bad idea. Just one small problem with it. No Fantastic Four. Yup, Marvel’s smear campaign on the first Marvel comic series continues. The comic that actually ushered in the Marvel era is being excluded. If it wasn’t for the Fantastic Four, there would be no Marvel Universe. 

During this upcoming event, D-listers like Power Pack and Darkhawk are getting one-shot comics that continue their original numbering. This is a list of all the titles included in Marvel Legacy:

 

No Fantastic Four though. Why? 

It still goes back to the fact that 20th Century Fox still has the film rights to the Fantastic Four. Now, I’ll admit the 3 films that came out were bad, and I would love to see the FF in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But when the last film came out, Marvel started their dirty tricks.

First, they canceled the Fantastic Four comic, citing low sales. Well, I did the research on Diamond Comic Distributors, and the comic was selling a lot better than others that were not canceled. Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter decided to cancel the comic because of the movie rights. This was recently confirmed by writer Jonathan Hickman who was writing the book at the time. 

Next was the large lack of licensing of the Fantastic Four on Marvel products. At the Licensing Expo 2015,  the Fantastic Four was not included in the characters that could be licensed by Disney, who own Marvel Comics. And then there were T-shirts that were reprints of classic comic covers where the FF were digitally removed.  Toy companies were told not to make products based on the FF. At least with action figures, we are slowly starting to see FF figures being produced again by Hasbro.

The final nail in the coffin, the reports of artists being told not to produce any Fantastic Four artwork for the Marvel 75th Anniversary issue

The Fantastic Four had their last comic appearance on March 2016 in Secret Wars #9. The ending was open to bring back the Fantastic Four anytime, but it doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen.

While Perlmutter is acting like a huge child about this, it doesn’t help the trio of corporate lackeys over at Marvel: Joe Quesada, Axel Alonso, and Tom Brevoort. The way these 3 tow the corporate line is annoying at times. 

Marvel has always been referred to the house that Stan Lee and Jack Kirby built. In that analogy, the foundation would be the Fantastic Four and you can’t have a house without a strong foundation. 

But maybe all isn’t lost. Recently on Facebook, artist Jim Cheung is drawing one of the issues of Marvel Legacy, and he posted this little teaser:

The Thing and Human Torch shooting what is probably an FF flare into the air, I’m hoping is a good sign that the FF will return. Most likely it’s just a panel for the upcoming relaunch of Marvel Two-In-One.

Regardless of what Marvel says, there is a strong need for the Fantastic Four in the Marvel Universe, and that they are being left out of the Marvel Legacy event, is just sad and petty. Marvel needs to honor their roots and bring back the Fantastic Four. To not bring the Fantastic Four back is just an insult to Stan, Jack, and everyone who made the Fantastic Four the World’s Greatest Comic Magazine. 

Time will only tell. I truly hope I am proven wrong.

Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

About Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

An avid comic collector/reader for over 40 years and self-proclaimed professor of comicology, Brian original started up the site Pendragon’s Post to share his voice. Well that voice has been shared, and evolved into The Fanboy Factor. Brian is an advocate for remembering comic roots, and that we don’t forget what was created in the past, and encourage everyone to read it as well. When not swimming in geek culture, he can be seen corrupting..introducing his young son to comics, much to his wife’s chagrin.