Fantastic Four Unlimited

 FAFU   (Marvel, 1993-1995)

™ and ©1993 Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc.

This was the first of Marvel’s quarterly “Unlimited” titles, a line which eventually grew to include Spider-Man Unlimited, Midnight Sons Unlimited, X-Men Unlimited, and 2099 Unlimited. These were all deluxe titles, holding nothing back (including price) in order to feature their characters at their best.

This idea seems especially appropriate in the Fantastic Four’s case. The team’s first appearance in the summer of 1961 marked the start of the Marvel Age of Comics. In issue #3, publisher Stan Lee began using the cover of Fantastic Four to trumpet their importance. By the next issue—and ever after—it was billed as “The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine.” Unfortunately, the hundreds of issues that followed included more than a few mediocre runs. Fantastic Four Unlimited attempts to put the “Great” back in the World’s Greatest Comic Magazine, featuring excellent stories, art, and production values.

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  NotesWriterArtist

#1

  3/1/1993
  $3.95
  $3.00
27 copies available from $0.88
Origin of Black PantherRoy ThomasHerb Trimpe, Dave Hoover

#2

  6/1/1993
  $3.95
  $3.00
19 copies available from $1.25
 Roy ThomasHerb Trimpe, Ernie Chan

#3

  9/1/1993
  $3.95
  $3.00
19 copies available from $1.25
 Roy ThomasAlex Trimpe, Herb Trimpe

#4

  12/1/1993
  $3.95
  $2.75
8 copies available from $1.25
Thing vs. HulkRoy ThomasHerb Trimpe

#5

  3/1/1994
  $3.95
  $3.25
13 copies available from $1.50
 Roy ThomasHerb Trimpe

#6

  6/1/1994
  $3.95
  $3.00
13 copies available from $1.50
Versus NamorRoy ThomasHerb Trimpe

#7

  9/1/1994
  $3.95
  $3.25
12 copies available from $1.50
Wraparound coverRoy ThomasHerb Trimpe

#8

  12/1/1994
  $3.95
  $2.75
9 copies available from $1.63
Versus Doom; Wraparound CoverTom Brevoort, Mike KanterovichDante Bastianoni

#9

  3/1/1995
  $3.95
  $3.95
10 copies available from $2.75
Wraparound CoverRoy ThomasHerb Trimpe

#10

  7/1/1995
  $3.95
  $3.75
12 copies available from $2.75
Wraparound CoverRoy ThomasHerb Trimpe

#11

  9/1/1995
  $3.95
  $3.75
9 copies available from $2.75
Wraparound CoverRoy Thomas, Glenn HerdlingDoug Braithwaite, Herb Trimpe

#12

  12/1/1995
  $3.95
  $2.75
6 copies available from $1.50
Final IssueRoy Thomas, Tom DeFalcoHerb Trimpe, Joe St. Pierre