*Marvel: Back in 1961, impressed with the success of DC’s Justice League Of America, Marvel charged Stan Lee to come up with something to emulate it. He didn’t (that would happen a little later with Avengers); what Stan Lee did instead was to create a new super-hero team book with a very different feel, because they were a family. Okay, so the basic premise of the brainy leader, his strong but dim best friend, his girl-friend and her younger brother had been done before (particularly at DC — Rip Hunter, Sea Devils, anyone?), but never with such resounding success as with the Fantastic Four. This week, a major update to Marvel’s First Family! Commencing with #16, guest-starring the Astonishing Ant-Man, and featuring a number of issues with significant Silver Age crossovers: #25, with the definitive Hulk/Thing battle; #28, co-featuring the X-Men; #39 & #40, the classic ‘Battle of the Baxter Building’, co-starring Daredevil; and #55 and #75 with the Silver Surfer. But not content with those milestones, we have also the debuts of the Frightful Four, the delightful Dragon Man, and mysterious beldame Agatha Harkness, and a more than thirty other issues in which our gang of four (sometimes five!) clash with the great, good and grotty of the Marvel Universe, culminating with the 100th edition, a Lee & Kirby free-for-all starring the FF’s entire Rogue’s Gallery! Many of these new issues are in excellent grade, and are cents copies, without the British price stamp or overprint. Selected scans below: #16 VF- £310, #28 VF p £225, #39 FN+ £59, #40 FN+ £59, #55 FN+ p £50.