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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable visit to some classic "FF" stories.
The stories by Stan Lee were juvenile and pre-teen oriented, but I expected this. Kirby's artwork was simply superb! I've read rumblings about the reproduction and how its hurt the inking by Sinnott, but having never seen the originals I can only say that I was impressed even by the inking. If there is a difference between the originals and this reproduction, then I can...
Published on Sept. 25 2002 by Jerry Dean

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1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly done and overpriced
This run of Fantastic Four comic books by Lee and Kirby, of course, is great. HOWEVER, this Masterworks collection is something of a rip-off. First of all, the suggested retail of $49.95 is up $15 from the price they had a year ago on other Masterworks. Secondly, the reproduction of the artwork is subpar... not to mention outright terrible at times. Worst yet, the...
Published on Nov. 12 2000 by Jim


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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable visit to some classic "FF" stories., Sept. 25 2002
This review is from: The Fantastic Four (Hardcover)
The stories by Stan Lee were juvenile and pre-teen oriented, but I expected this. Kirby's artwork was simply superb! I've read rumblings about the reproduction and how its hurt the inking by Sinnott, but having never seen the originals I can only say that I was impressed even by the inking. If there is a difference between the originals and this reproduction, then I can only imagine how it must have looked. This was a fine trip down memory lane that was well worth the price. Very enjoyable to see stories that were printed about the time that I was born in 1967. Again - stories are pre-teen and juvenile (but I'm a kid at heart so "nuff said") and artwork and inking by Kirby and Sinnott that is stunning! I got off on this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Peak of the Silver Age of Comic Books, Aug. 16 2002
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David Stager (West Hampstead, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Fantastic Four (Hardcover)
The silver-age of comics hit its peak with this run of Fantastic Four. This is when Jack Kirby's artwork was at its best and Stan Lee's writing was at its best. Every issue reprinted in this volume is a classic. As far as the medium goes, this is the best of the best and there will probably never be anything in the comic medium to equal or surpass this era. So far, only Alan Moore's "Watchmen" has been close to re-creating the magic of the silver age (1956-1969). Marvel should re-issue the entire run of Marvel Masterworks...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Four Masterworks - FF #51-60, Jan. 22 2001
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This review is from: The Fantastic Four (Hardcover)
This book reprints a grand run of Lee-Kirby FF covering the period immediately after the first Galactus saga. It contains the great "This Man, This Monster" (the greatest Thing story, in my opinion) as well as stories featuring the Dr Doom, the Silver Surfer, the Inhumans, and the introduction of the Black Panther. Lee and Kirby were literally bursting with new ideas at this point in time and the stories seemed to be getting bigger and more grand. Jack Kirby was the most important comic book artist ever and this volume contains some of his finest work.
Another reviewer has complained about the computer enhancement of the artwork. There will always be problems in upgrading artwork meant for newsprint to artwork for the higher quality paper. The colors will always seem brighter and more garish. However, if you use the original printing process on the higher quality paper, the colors would look like a bunch of dots. You can't go back to the original newsprint and I feel that Marvel had to do what it could with what it had. I have many issues of this run of FF and the "touched-up" artwork did not bother me or distract me too much. I enjoyed seeing these stories again and I am glad they are collected in one place. I wonder if it would be too much to ask that they do Marvel Masterworks versions of other great runs: Barry Windsor-Smith Conan, Frank Miller Daredevil....
Lee and Kirby at the peak of their powers were a formidable combination. These stories were taken from the time that you literally couldn't wait the month-long interval between issues. The artwork is unmatched, particularly the definitive version of the Thing by Kirby and Sinnott. This book should be given to all new comics writers and artists as the ultimate example of the "Marvel House Style". Easy to read, yet every panel is exciting, dyanamic, and has a purpose. Despite its inherent flaws in the upgrade process, it still deserves the highest recommendation.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly done and overpriced, Nov. 12 2000
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Jim (N. Hollywood, CA United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Fantastic Four (Hardcover)
This run of Fantastic Four comic books by Lee and Kirby, of course, is great. HOWEVER, this Masterworks collection is something of a rip-off. First of all, the suggested retail of $49.95 is up $15 from the price they had a year ago on other Masterworks. Secondly, the reproduction of the artwork is subpar... not to mention outright terrible at times. Worst yet, the inking job by Joe Sinnot is many times obviously "touched up" or completely re-done by another inker (Steve Leiloha?). Half the beauty of the artwork in an FF comic book is Joe Sinnot's inks over Kirby's pencils. That beauty is completely lost in these reprints. Don't buy this Masterworks. Go to a comic book shop and buy the original copies of these comics... if you go for the "good condition" (as opposed to "mint condition") comics you'll actually pay LESS than if you bought the Masterworks edition.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bad reproduction of superb material, April 22 2001
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This review is from: The Fantastic Four (Hardcover)
I awaited months for this collection and I was truly desappointed by the awful job Marvel Comics did of reproducing these gems.
First, the paper: who said glossy paper was better quality? It makes the colors pop out way too much. The original colors were meant for a more absorbing paper. When printed on the glossy stock they just scream.
Second: the gorgeous inking by the imcomparable Joe Sinnot is totally destroyed by the abysmal reproduction.
These original comics are some of the absolute best ever. They need to be preserved for history's sake. I know Marvel can do better than that...This is why this book is rated 2 stars instead of the five stars the original material deserves.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The reproduction is poor, Feb. 4 2001
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Matt Gilbert (Glenview, IL United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Fantastic Four (Hardcover)
The star of the show is the artwork. Kirby and Sinnott carried the FF to their peak. Lee's writing is at its best. The color is spectacular .... HOWEVER ... I would caution people AGAINST buying this book, because the reproduction is so poor, the art is often a twisted misrepresntation of the originals (an honored part of my collection I have enjoyed for years) and the text is often hard to read!
Marvel should be ashamed of themselves. They ought to take more pride and honor their history. Instead, their shabby reproduction does more harm than good to the grand legacy of Lee, Kirby and Sinnott.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the fantastic just got spectacular!, Oct. 27 2000
This review is from: The Fantastic Four (Hardcover)
Stan Lee & Jack Kirby really hit their stride with the issues reprinted in this volume. You don't need to know their pasts, origins what's gone before etc. The sheer inventiveness of the characters, situations etc, really show a great love for the genre, with Lee's plotting going from strength to strength and Kirbys pencils containing the thick black lines that he made an artform of. These stories just grab you by the collar and pull you onto their non-stop merry-go-round: You will not want to get off!
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