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From the Mouths of the Marvels:

"Just do as I told you, girl! And don't question my orders! This isn't your husband talking - - it's Mr. Fantastic - - the leader of the world's greatest
team - - !”

-- Reed Richards, barking orders not at his wife, Sue Storm, but at the Invisible Girl, a member of the world's greatest team, page 12

Reed, if you'd just shut your yap for once, you'd hear the "Theme to Jaws" playing in the background!


Fantastic Four #64
July 1967 • 20 pages

Script: Stan Lee • Letters: Artie Simek
Pencils: Jack Kirby • Inks: Joe Sinnott

Title: "The Sentry Sinister!”

First Appearance: Sentry 459, The Professor, The Guide

Villain: Sentry 459

Guest Appearance: Triton, Crystal, Lockjaw, Professor, Guide

Gadgets & Technology: Vibro-Screen

Innovations: Broken Hand of the Lost Idol, Kree Island Space Port outpost, first mention of Kree race

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Synopsis: Sue cajoles Reed into cutting down on the "superhero-ing" and take some time to go on a vacation. While they prepare to embark on some time away from the Baxter Building, a duo of archaeologists is searching a remote island for evidence of the alien race known as the Kree, who supposedly set up shop there. They employ the power of the Broken Hand of the Lost Idol, which signals towards a rocky spire and causes a mechanical door to open into a cave. They walk down inside and find a massive chamber, hiding rusted out and damaged old technology- it appears to them to be some kind of abandoned space port. But their activity awakens the guardian of the space port, who identifies himself as Inter-Galactic Sentry 459, and he acts upon his command to protect the base by imprisoning the scientists inside "a shimmering mass of collodial atoms."

To choose a vacation spot, Reed encourages Ben to throw a dart at a world map hanging on the wall. It lands in the South Pacific, so after Triton, Crystal and Johnny help carry their luggage out to them, the FF trio board their Pogo Plane and rocket towards their destination. Unbeknownst to them, they are heading straight for the Sentinel's island, and the Pogo Plane encounters interference from his protective devices, causing Sue to have to envelope the craft with a force field to allow it to land safely.

But the Sentinel is ready, and before the ship can land, he grabs the Pogo Plane in mid-air, forcing the astonished Fantastic "Three" to have to bail out and start fighting this unexpected opponent. Thing wallops the Sentinel, but it fights back just as fiercely, all the while uttering statements about his mission to guard the island space port on behalf of his Kree masters. Reed enters the fray, stretching himself around the giant robot and dragging him into the water.

Back in New York, Johnny and Crystal enjoy their own private time together while the rest of the team is away, and Triton tools around the city on a jet cycle. Shattering the tranquility is a communique from Sue, calling on Johnny to come straightaway to the island where they are being hounded by the Sentinel. Just as he closes in on Reed, Sue and Ben with a giant tidal wave, Johnny is transported by Lockjaw to the scene, where he digs a deep trench that catches all the water gushing towards them. The Sentinel puts up a fierce defense, but one of Johnny's flames digs underground and touches off a massive explosion when it hits the space port's energy supply. The ground quakes under their feet, but it allows them to spot the captive scientists and save them before they have to flee the devastated island.

As Lockjaw teleports them all to safety, the Sentinel is left alone, to make his final report to his Kree masters that "Outpost Ten" has been destroyed....

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Issues Reprinted
Fantastic Four #61-71, Annual #5

Click on cover image to learn more about each issue.


FF #61

FF #62

FF #63

FF #64

FF #65

FF #66

FF #67

Ann. #5

FF #68

FF #69

FF #70

FF #71


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