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The Fantastic Four come face to face with Doctor Doom for the first time, the evil genius who would become the group's greatest foe.

Doom attacks the Baxter Building with the intention of recruiting the Fantastic Four to perform a task for him. Taking the Invisible Girl hostage to use as a bargaining chip, Doom forces Mr. Fantastic, Human Torch, and the Thing to travel back in time via his time machine to steal Blackbeard's treasure for him.

In the past, the Four find period garb. To disguise the Thing, Reed covers his eye with an eye patch and gives him a fake black beard. The three then go to a tavern, where they are drugged and Shanghaied. They awake aboard a pirate ship. Escaping from the hold, they assist the pirates in a raid upon another ship; one which is loaded full of gems. Upon their success, the pirates choose the Thing to be their captain, and due to his fake black beard they name 'Blackbeard'.

The Thing tells Reed and Johnny that he wants to stay in the past, since he's the captain of a ship here, but in the present he's merely a freak. Reed and Johnny try to convince him otherwise, but a tornado looms before the Thing can make a final decision. The tornado smashes the ship to bits. Johnny, Ben and Reed make it to shore and recover the treasure chest which Reed fills with old chains, claiming they never agreed to bring Doom the actual treasure, just the chest. Then they return to the future for a final confrontation with Doctor Doom!

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Meet Dr. Doom 0

This issue is significant because it introduces perhaps the greatest villain in the Marvel Universe, Dr. Doom.  As a story goes... well it just isn't that strong. Like most issues of Fantastic Four, the first half is better than the second. Probably the only thing I don't like in the first few chapters (other than standard corny Silver Age dialog) is the fact that Johnny Storm is reading a Hulk comic and compares the Hulk to the Thing - O.K., he read a Sub-Mariner comic last issue, I can kind of...

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