Thursday, May 26, 2016

Fantastic Four Roast #1 - John Byrne, Frank Miller, Marshall Rogers, Steve Ditko art

Fantastic Four Roast v1 #1, 1982 - Marvel Comics takes a less serious look at its vaunted universe with this one-shot issue. A formal roast of the Fantastic Four features a gathering of heroes, each providing a humorous jab at the famous quartet. Fred Hembeck's script echoes his delightfully goofy wrap around cover. The artistic chores inside feature a bevy of talented artists, uncredited but many recognizable due to their character affiliations at the time. John Byrne illustrates page 2 and the FF members on page 9, while Marshall Rogers draws Doctor Strange on page 20. The super-villian Sandman on page 7 looks suspiciously like Steve Ditko, but I have yet to confirm it. The most interesting contribution may be Frank Miller's on page 18. Daredevil makes a sudden appearance onstage, with the artist making fun of his own film noir approach (see inset above). The story ends with a double page spread of all the heroes on the move. The aforementioned artists draw their respective characters, but this large montage is more likely comprised of previously used artwork(?). Other artists in this issue include Bob Layton, Al Weiss, Bill Sienkewicz, Michael Golden (2 pgs), Mike Zeck, Sal Buscema, Denys Cowan, and Don Perlin, among others. See today's posts or more Byrne, Ditko, Miller, Rogers or Fantastic Four Roast issues. See also this blog's Byrne checklist, Ditko checklistMiller checklist, Rogers checklist or Top 10 Rogers comics.
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"When Titans Chuckle" Byrne story pencils and inks 2 pages = ***
Miller story pencils (Klaus Janson inks) 1 page = ***

Rogers story pencils (Terry Austin inks) 1 page = ***

Ditko? story pencils and inks 1 page = ***

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John Byrne

Frank Miller
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More Miller posts:
Daredevil v1 #158 marvel comic book cover art by Frank Miller
Daredevil #158
Power Man #72
Dark Knight #2

More Byrne posts:
X-men v1 #112 marvel comic book cover art by John Byrne
X-men #112
Captain America #252
Avengers #191

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