Fantastic Four #9: It's A Marvel Comic 4

Fantastic Four #9, page 4, panel 7 Script: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

Today's panel is probably the first ever swipe at DC by Marvel Comics! A glorious, illustrious tradition begins here!

Yesterday, we saw how high-profile financial troubles, stemming from Reed's poor financial investments, were crippling the team's activities. Today, we can see that Reed's looking for a bit of escapism by reading comic books, and bemoaning the lack of realism in the four-coloured fantasy.

Now, bearing in mind that we're still a few months away from the debut of one of the richest men in the Marvel Universe - Tony Stark - then this has to be a swipe at other comic book companies. Well, just the one. It's feasible that Reed is feeling bitter towards Richie Rich. But it's far more likely that it's a shot at DC billionaires Bruce Wayne and Oliver Queen.

It starts here...

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #9 on our seventh episode: S(&)M Studios