“Captives of the Deadly Duo!”
Cover Date: September 1962
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciller: Jack Kirby
Inker: Dick Ayers, Joe Sinnott
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
What’s Going On?
Doctor Doom persuades the Sub-Mariner to team-up and battle the Fantastic Four. Namor agrees, on the condition that Sue Storm comes to no harm.
Namor enters the FF headquarters, uninvited, as part of Doom’s plan; the other part of the plan was having Namor plant a mechanical device somewhere in the FF headquarters earlier. While the FF were busy confronting Namor, Doom activates the device, and the Fantastic Four headquarters (including the FF and Namor) are lifted into space; Doom reveals that his plan is to throw the entire building into the sun!
The team must team-up with the Sub-Mariner to counter Doom’s attack.
Is It Good?
It’s more ridiculous than it is good. There are a lot of fun moments, but this is still a story where Doctor Doom tries to throw an entire skyscraper into the sun. It was an interesting choice to have Doom appear in back-to-back issues and for Namor to reappear so soon, but it makes for a fun issue.
- Both Sue and Namor own photos of each other; these pictures appear to be treasured. So…I guess Sue is choosing to overlook the whole “he kidnapped me once” thing, and now they are mutually crushing on each other.
- Doctor Doom betrayed Namor to attack the Fantastic Four.
- Doctor Doom finishes the issue riding on a meteor, into the depths of space, with no way of returning to Earth.
- The Fantastic Four’s headquarters, the Baxter Building, is named for the first time.
- It’s time for another diagram of the Baxter Building!
- Namor’s swim trunks — which are typically green in the modern era, and were blue in the Golden Age — have been red in his first two Silver Age appearances. Is this because he has been more villainous?
- Namor has electric eel powers.
- This issue makes the first mention of the Yancey Street Gang, anonymous pranksters that love to heckle the Thing.
- This issue also has the first mention of unstable molecules, as Reed explains how his costume stretches.
Comics Are Goofy:
- I don’t know why I find this so funny, but I really like Namor practicing “maneuvers” with porpoises.
- Doom would be exhausting to talk to in real life.
- The Sub-Mariner’s kingdom was wrecked, but he lives in the abandoned city now. Not only does it have an airlock and oxygen (odd features for an underwater culture than doesn’t breathe air), but it looks like Namor spent a lot of time decorating it.
- Namor’s home raises more questions than it answers. Does Namor swap out the jellyfish in that jar? Isn’t it mean to keep it in such a small container? And aren’t seashell chairs uncomfortable?
- Where did Namor get this headshot of Sue?
- Where did Sue get her headshot of Namor? It’s super-weird that they are pining for each other, right?
- This is a cute bit, but it’s weird that Mr. Fantastic kept his legs in the Baxter Building the whole time.
- It’s a good thing that the windows in the Fantastic Four’s portion of the building are secure! The 34 floors below theirs, though, have shattered and the occupants are dying in the vacuum of space. Probably.
- The Sub-Mariner was counting on a meteor swarm — that had not been mentioned until this moment — to aid him in his suicide run against Doom? That seems…well, “unlikely” is probably underselling it.