Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Fantastic Four Vs. The Inferior Five



I took my super heroes very seriously as a kid so I never checked out The Inferior Five, which looked to me like it was mocking them.  Of course, I can now see that it was a title that was actually ahead of its time, having fun with the conventions of the genre many years before the likes of Damage Control, Ambush Bug, Great Lakes Avengers or Sensational She-Hulk hit the stands.

This cover comes about from a suggestion by David Welsh, a Patron of the blog - thanks David!

14 comments:

Hoy Murphy said...

Secret Six

Simreeve said...

I want to read this comic, I really want to read this comic...

^_^

Cary Comic said...

Thank you-thank you-thank you-THANK YOU! For making, at least, half my wish come true. :-D



Jay Johnson said...

Strange to think that currently we have a better chance for a new appearance of the Inferior Five than of the Fantastic Four. Cave Carson? Really?

Paul Green said...

FANTASTIC! I really like these team ups of humor with serious heroes!I can imagine the IF would naturally annoy Thing and he would want to squish them like five bugs!

TC said...

In a way, I would have expected the I-5 and Plastic Man to fit in perfectly with the camp comedy fad of the mid-1960's. But most kids "took super-heroes seriously" and did not like a comic that was "mocking them." And adults would watch tongue-in-cheek action-adventure in other media (James Bond, Matt Helm, and Our Man Flint in movies, and The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Wild Wild West, The [British] Avengers, and even Batman on TV), but they did not read comics.

David Welsh said...

Love it! The Ultimate Nullifier gag really made me laugh. Thanks, Ross!

Sonofjack Well said...

What David Welsh said!

M W Gallaher said...

Obvious sequels:
The Inferior Five vs. the Sinister Six
The Sinister Six vs. Sovereign 7
Sovereign 7 meets Section 8
Section 8 on (Star Trek) Deep Space Nine
Deep Space Nine and Top 10
...

jrp04f said...

What abut HERO HOTLINE, DC's answer to Heroes for Hire, with minor league super-heroes for everyday troubles from cats caught up in trees to dealing with dysfunctional family members*?


*Seriously, as much as they had fun with Halloween pranks that ran out of control and helping a café whose oven had broken down for a day, a major story arc from the miniseries surrounded when HH was asked to help a battered wife.

Bob Buethe said...

Hey, I was a kid in the sixties. I took my superheroes seriously, but I also LOVED the Inferior Five! I realized that comics, like TV, had its dramas and its sitcoms, and there was plenty of room for both. (I didn't much care for the attempt to bring Superman into the I-5's world in their final issue, though.)

Bob Buethe said...

Hey, I was a kid in the sixties. I took my superheroes seriously, but I also LOVED the Inferior Five! I realized that comics, like TV, had its dramas and its sitcoms, and there was plenty of room for both. (I didn't much care for the attempt to bring Superman into the I-5's world in their final issue, though.)

Simreeve said...

Bob Buethe said...
"I didn't much care for the attempt to bring Superman into the I-5's world in their final issue, though."

Just think of that having been the Earth-12 version of Superman, rather than the Earth-1 version...

Anonymous said...

@Simreeve and Bob Buethe: Just like Cobweb Kid is the Earth-12 version of Spidey!

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