Original Cover Date: Mar ’71
Approx. Grade: Very Fine 7.0
"The Monstrous Mystery of the Nega-Man!" – As the Fantastic Four watch Richard Janus enter the Negative Zone, Reed recounts how they previously encountered Janus. When Ben and Johnny fail to remember this, Reed begins to tell the tale of their encounter with the Nega-Man...
NOTE: This story cannibalizes an unused story draw by Jack Kirby that was initially rejected by Stan Lee. The story was intended for Fantastic Four #103. Shortly there after Jack went on to work for DC Comics. This issue was released (likely intentionally) on the same month as Kirby's first issue of the New Gods over at DC. As the story goes, the story was initially rejected as not being exiting enough. When Stan decided to use the story anyway in order to capitalize on Kirby's work over at DC, he massively re-wrote the story and had both Buscema and Romita add the new story pages. The story became a bit of lore as much of the original tale was lost. However by 2008 much of the unused pages were recovered. Stan Lee and Ron Frenz were hired by Marvel to complete the missing elements of the story and it was released as close to its original form as possible in Fantastic Four: The Lost Adventure #1.
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