As my contribution to LG Kelner's Beginnings Blogfest, celebrating her first full year of blogging, I thought I would write a piece about the comic book that shaped my life...
It was a British reprint (in green ink, which I remember vividly) in the early '70s of Fantastic Four issue 17 (from a decade earlier) that first introduced my young mind to the concept of superheroes.
As I recall Doctor Doom had captured the Fantastic Four and was holding them in his Latverian castle, but he individually tailored the holding cells to counter/test the specific powers of each member of the group. To my seven or eight-year-old imagination, this was just awesome!
I'd seen a couple of American comics before this - in colour - but there was something about Fantastic Four #17 that hooked me in.
It was probably the combination of Stan Lee's writing of this family of heroes and Jack Kirby's unique envisaging of the advanced technology of Mr Fantastic and Doctor Doom that simultaneously melted my tiny heart and blew my mind.
This certainly explains why, to this day, the Fantastic Four are my favourite superhero team - because they were my first - and Doctor Doom is my favourite bad guy.
It's also safe to say that without this issue there would be no HeroPress today (in any of its manifestations).