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Can even the Fantastic Four defeat a man who performs miracles???

At a stage performance, a man who calls himself the Miracle Man demonstrates his amazing powers including invulnerability and strength greater than the Thing. The Fantastic Four flying home in their Fantasticar are relieved that the Miracle Man isn't a menace. However, unbeknownst to them, the Miracle Man has indeed decided to turn to crime. Beginning by bringing a monstrous statue to life!

Splitting up to search in four directions, the team searches for the giant monster. Mr. Fantastic finds the monster robbing a jewelry store, and tries to stop it by making a net of his body, but the monster escapes when the Miracle Man throws a brick at Mr. Fantastic.

Then, the rest of the team encounters the monster. The human torch burns it to the ground, but then the team is bested by the Miracle Man who escapes, but the Invisible Girl tails him unseen.

Back at home, the remaining members of the team get into a fight and Johnny Storm storms off.

The Miracle Man makes discovers Invisible Girl and hypnotizes her to obey him. He orders her to signal the Fantastic Four. He sabotages the Fantasti-copter then attempts to flee in a stolen atomic tank, but the Human Torch makes his flame so bright that the flash blinds the Miracle Man, rendering him powerless since all along he was merely hypnotizing people to see things.

However, the Human Torch and the Thing argue again, and the Human Torch announces that he is leaving the Fantastic Four forever and flies away.

*note: this is the first issue to proclaim itself, 'The Greatest Comic Magazine in the World!!' on the cover - a phrase that (in slightly changed form) would become a trademark of Fantastic Four comics.

This was the first issue to feature the Fantastic Four in costume.

It also contained a 'Cut-away diagram of the Fantastic Four's secret headquarters...' which told readers to 'Save this for future reference.'

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Starts Off Good, Ends Badly 0

A lot of classic Fantastic Four elements are added in this issue - the cover is the first one to bear the now familiar tag line,  The Greatest Comic Magazine in the World!!   It also includes the first appearance of the Fantasticar, and the first time the team appears in the trademark blue suits designed by Sue Storm (The Thing rips his to shreds in the first battle, keeping only the long pants).  The villain here is The Miracle Man, a stage magician who appears to be able to do practically anyt...

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The Menace of the Miracle Man! 0

So this is finally where Lee and Kirby throw their gloves down and quit pretending that these guys (and gal!) weren’t anything but Superheroes. Showered with an assortment of gifts, the Four are given their famous costumes (which the Thing promptly rids himself of), their Fantasti-Car and of course we’re treated to a great drawing of their HQ.So an important issue for sure, but one that still finds itself lacking in the story-telling department. Aside from the gradual development of the characte...

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Fantastic Four #3 0

This is the weakest of the first three Fantastic Four issues. The villain doesn't even get on the cover. Instead they focus on the new costumes, the Baxter building and their vehicles. These days all of this creations would only serve as secondary to the toy market, so I guess times have changed. Also, it's yet to be explained how Reed Richards could have a fully functional rocket hidden in his building, or be able to afford and construct all of these vehicles and devices. It's surreal. This is ...

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