> Reprinted in: Fantastic Four Masterworks Volume 5  •  Fantastic Four Omnibus Volume 2

From the Mouths of the Marvels:

"He is not one of 'us'!"

-- Karnak, speaking to Crystal about Johnny Storm, page 16

Crystal sure does move fast!


Fantastic Four #45
December 1965 • 20 pages

Publication Date: September 9, 1965

Letters Page: Page OnePage Two

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I: Feature Story: "Among Us Hide...the Inhumans!"

Pages: 20

Script: Stan Lee
Pencils: Jack Kirby
Inks: Joe Sinnott
Letters: Sam Rosen

First Appearance: Inhumans: Crystal, Lockjaw, Karnak, Triton, Black Bolt

Guest Appearance: Medusa, Crystal, Lockjaw, Karnak, Triton, Dragon Man

Cameo Appearance: Sandman, Trapster, Black Bolt

Gadgets & Technology: Iconometric Frammistat, Electro Intensifier, Airjet Cycle

Synopsis: (continued from FF #44)

Reed and Ben barely survive the fall after Gorgon collapses the building on which they stood. Johnny chases Dragon Man and blasts him with a near nova burst of white light. The blinded creature lets go of Sue but she still feels pity for it, telling Johnny to let her handle him.

While the Sandman and the Trapster rot in jail and wonder about Medusa, Dragon Man returns Sue to the rest of the team. She has reached him finally and managed to be a calming influence upon him. His threat averted, Johnny takes the brief moment of downtime to call Dorrie, but she flat turns him down. He wanders the streets bored out of his mind until he sees a beautiful girl in a dark and desolate alley. He approaches her, but she sees him, and then a powerful wind knocks him down. When he rises, the girl is gone.

Johnny can't get the girl out of his mind so the next day he returns to the alley. He spots her but this time when she runs, she leaves a raging fire in her wake. Johnny absorbs the flames and when the girl sees him using his amazing powers, she feels an instant kinship with him. She introduces herself as Crystal and shows off her dog Lockjaw, a giant dog with a glowing antennae. Lockjaw opens a secret passageway in the ground, and Crystal leads Johnny into her lair where she says that her family hides away from humanity. Johnny is puzzled as to her origins- he wonders that if her people were mutants, the X-Men would know....so who is she?

Dragon Man is not taking to life at the Baxter Building very well. The Thing's voice upsets it and a fight breaks out. Sue calms the beast down with a tranquillizer gun. Ben reflects on the pity being shown for the poor beast, and wonders if that's how others- especially Alicia- view him.

Crystal introduces Johnny to Karnak, a martial arts expert who can find the weak spot in any surface. Next, he meets Triton, a man with green scales hidden beneath moist robes. Gorgon appears, dragging the "deserter" Medusa behind him. Gorgon knows Johnny is not one of them and traps him behind a glass wall. He melts through the ceiling and forms a "4" signal with his flame, sending the team running to his aid in their new air jet cycle. They find Johnny in the desolate slum area, but he has little time to explain what is going on before they are attacked by Karnak, who throws a stack of bricks down upon them. Next, the powerful and mysterious Black Bolt arrives, and stands forth in his power and majesty....

(continued in FF #46)

--synopsis by Jonathan Clarke, aka doesitmatter, with Gormuu

--letter pages and house ads provided by Crusher Creel

Issues Reprinted
Fantastic Four #41-50 and Annual #3

Click on cover image to learn more about each issue.


FF #41

FF #42

FF #43

Ann #3

FF #44

FF #45

FF #46

FF #47

FF #48

FF #49

FF #50


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