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. Reed & Sue Issue!

Greetings! This is Reed and Sue Richards (aka Ioan Gruffudd and Jessica Alba), here to take you on a fun-filled tour of fantastic trivia about us. Hey Sue -- fix your hair!

Reed!! You know I'm
sensitive about my hair!

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Q & A WITH REED AND SUE
For the Civilians Among Us...

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MR. FANTASTIC'S PREDECESSORS
Stretchable Superheroes

OK, so I wasn't the FIRST stretchable superhero. Or the second. Or even the third! Wait -- did I come before Elongated Man? I think I did! Yay -- I got at least one stretchy guy beat. .And I know for a fact that I have that stretching bitch from "The Incredibles" beat by a mile! What was her name? Elasti-bitch? Yes, that's it. Anyway, here are my stretchable "parents" ... the original stretchable superhero in Plastic Man #37 by Kotsky, Jimmy Olsen as Elastic Lad in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #76 by Curt Swan and George Klein, and the ill-fated Elongated Man, from EM #1 by Mike Parobeck and Ty Templeton. Hey look, there's Sue Dibney on the cover. Oops, I mean... Eclips-ette.


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INVISIBLE WOMAN'S PREDECESSORS
See-through Stars of Page and Screen

Reed thinks HIS power is unoriginal -- what about ME? Since H.G. Wells wrote the book in 1934, there have been DOZENS of invisible men, women and boys! For all I know, there's an invisible dog running around somewhere. In fact, my power was so boring and unoriginal, I had to "discover" that the cosmic rays had actually given me a force field power, too. But now I have it. And that's something that The Invisible Man (Claude Raines, 1933), the Invisible Woman (Virginia Bruce, 1940) and the Invisible Boy (Richard Eyer, 1957) will never have! Oh God -- I just saw my hair in a mirror. (Turns invisible.)


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REED'S TOP COVER
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My Favorite Cover Girl:
Mrs. Reed Richards


Here are MY favorite Fantastic Four covers, all featuring the love of my life, Mrs. Susan Richards! Pictured are Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Comic Magazine #9 by EricLarsen and Brue Timm, Heroes Return Fantastic Four #2 by Alan Davis and Mark Farmer, and Fantastic Four #53 by Mike Weringo.



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SUE'S MOST EMBARRASSING HAIRSTYLES
Sue vs. the Fearsome Follicle Foe

Did you ever have a bad hair day? Well, I'm having a bad hair LIFE! It's true. I just can't seem to get a hairstyle that looks like something a normal human woman might wear. I know I'm not normal, but still. Here are three especially bad hair days...
• On the cover of FF #50 by Barry Smith, my hair looks like uncut yellow yarn. We ALL look dopey on this cover, to be honest. Even Ben! Barry, what happened?!?!
• Then there's FF 136 by Mike Weringo, where my hair looks like a single, solid piece that was pasted to the top of my oddly-elongated head. That hideous new FF logo is not helping matters any, either. Dear, that logo looks awful!
• Finally, here's a British poster for the new FF movie featuring me. On this one, it looks like I haven't brushed my hair for a month. It's a stringy mess with strands flying all over the place. Marvel artists, Hollywood Photoshop poster-makers -- what gives? Have you never seen a real woman's hair before!??!





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REED'S
MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENTS
Killing Ben to Save Him,
Doing A Hostess Twinkie ad,
and Having Two Left Hands!


My most embarrassing moments? Well, not counting the Halloween costume pictured left, there are a few. To start with, in Fantastic Four #42 by Kirby/Roussous, I killed my best friend, Ben Grimm, in order to save him. Not really, but that's what it says on the cover anyway. I don't know WHO comes up with that stuff. (Art by Kirby/Giacoia)

Then there's the time I was talked into doing a Hostess Twinkie ad. Click the ad to read the whole sorry episode. To think that I, Reed Richards, brilliant leader of the FF, who have gone toe-to-toe with Galactus himself, should have to sink so low! Though it paid well, I'd rather forget the whole shameful episode. And by the way, in case you didn't know ... Galactus has HUGE toes.

Finally, there's the time I had TWO left hands. That was very odd. Below is the infamous splash page from FF #88 where I have my "handy" problem. I'm not sure how it happened, but I can tell you it was painful. Luckily, it only lasted for one page. See my big, stretchy thumbs? Both left-handed. I really do have two lefties there. The splash page art shown below was not altered in any way! Click the page to see a big version, and study it well. Don't let the dreaded two-left-hands virus affect YOU! (Art by Kirby/Sinnott)

You know, reader, I've saved the universe countless times. Is it too much to ask that we stop bringing up these painful memories? Do you enjoy making fun of the "great" Mr. Fantastic? I can't take it anymore! I think I'll go stretch myself into a bottle, and throw myself into the ocean. Sob, sob... Must .. concentrate ...














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I've never seen Reed so tense!

Darling, don't worry...
I'll make the entire page
totally invisible.
YOU STUPID FUCKING IDIOT!

COMING TOMORROW:

THE FF'S TWO GREATEST FOES: DOCTOR DOOM AND ???????

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