The Fantastic Four, originally published in Fantastic Four #1 by Kirby and Lee in 1961, has been around for almost 650 issues! I’m always amazed by the commitment to comics, even if they’ve been around for 50, 60 or 75 years! Superman has had consistent production (almost) since 1938 (unless you only consider Action Comics, then you’re looking at 904 issues).
But the Fantastic Four has its own significance for being one of the first installments into our modern idea of the Marvel Universe. Along with Spiderman, the X-Men and Iron Man, the Fantastic Four was a thematic step into science and technology that would last indefinitely in all comic books ever. And the end of it’s grand run is approaching with Issue #645…
According to ComicBookResources.com and Marvel:
THE END IS FOUREVER! Witness the closing act on the First Family of the Marvel Universe! THE INVADERS meet the FANTASTIC FOUR as the hunt for REED RICHARDS and the missing kids of the FUTURE FOUNDATION continues. Meanwhile the mastermind behind everything unveils his ultimate plan. But how does FRANKLIN RICHARDS factor in? And how does this all lead to…The END?! Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR #642-644 and the Triple Sized Final Issue 645! [SOURCE]
Set to collect the remaining issues of the series (published in the coming months), this trade should appear on shelves in June of 2015. BUT DO I THINK THIS IS THE VERY LAST ISSUE OF FANTASTIC FOUR???
No. Long standing comics sometimes cease, but they ALWAYS come back. Superman, Spiderman, the Flash… Generally if it’s the same character(s), there’s no reason to NOT pick up where the series left off. When you have something like a new Green Lantern or a new Robin, sure, that character should have their own numbered series. But if you’re betting that #646 will never exist, you’re making a bet I can’t be a part of. So in 10-15 years maybe, make sure you know who to credit when that #646 news pops up on PCB!
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