Friday, September 18, 2015


If you had been a FANTASTIC FOUR reader for less than five years the never-before-reprinted story in MARVEL COLLECTORS' ITEM CLASSICS #18 would be new to you.
Part of the fun of rereading Silver Age Marvels is knowing now that Lee would provide the beginning and ending and task the artist/co-plotter with supplying  the middle. Superhero stories being formulaic that was frequently as simple as choreographing fight sequences. Having the alien interact with gangsters was probably a Kirby contribution.


  1. The "Infant Terrible" concept had been done a number of times before, not only by Kirby in Challengers of the Unknown, but also in the Star Trek episode that featured Trelane!

  2. The name escaped me until the moment after I pressed "publish". The Star Trek episode was "The Squire of Gothos".

  3. "The Squire of Gothos" Star Trek was broadcast 3 years after the first appearance of "Infant Terrible." There were a number of powerful alien children stories that appeared in the Superman and Superboy comics of the 1950s which were among some of the first comic stories that I read when they were reprinted a decade later. "The Creature of 1,000 Disguises" written by the great Sci-Fi writer Edmund Hamilton and brought to life by the legendary Wayne Boring was one that I still remember from EIGHTY PAGE GIANT #6, one of the first comics my beloved grandfather ever bought me. At the time I had no idea who the uncredited creators were or that it was a reprinted story from 1957.

    1. There is also a similar story in Challengers of the Unknown, where the Challs are prisoners or playthings of an alien child. It's a familar enough sci fi trope!