What If…? #1

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What If…? #1

Post by Col_Fury » Mon Dec 14, 2015 5:09 am

WHAT IF…? #1 (February, 1977)
By Roy Thomas & Jim Craig

APPEARANCES:
Spider-Man, Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Girl, Human Torch, Thing, May Parker, J. Jonah Jameson, Chameleon, Vulture, Red Ghost & his Super-Apes, Uatu the Watcher, Sub-Mariner, Puppet Master, Alicia Masters (bts) (all alternate reality versions, all in fb); Uatu the Watcher

FLASHBACK:
Spider-Man approaches the Fantastic Four for a job (recaps ASM 1/2). Sue tells Spider-Man to calm down, and after a chat, the Fantastic Four hire Spider-Man. Peter goes home and tells his Aunt May that he found a job. Soon after, the Fantastic Four hold a press conference and announce they’re now the Fantastic Five where J. Jonah Jameson endorses Spider-Man. Hearing the news, Chameleon abandons his plan to frame Spider-Man for his own crimes. Soon after, the Fantastic Five defeat the Vulture. When the Fantastic Four leave for the moon to fight the Red Ghost, Mr. Fantastic has the Invisible Girl stay behind on monitor duty, which makes her jealous of Spider-Man. As they fight Red Ghost, Puppet Master takes control of Sub-Mariner and has him abduct the Invisible Girl. When the guys return they find a message from Sub-Mariner and go to fight him. Invisible Girl stops the fight and chooses Sub-Mariner over Mr. Fantastic. Sub-Mariner gives her a treatment which allows her to breathe water, but not air. The guys leave and hope Sue will be happy with Namor.
SYNOPSIS:
Uatu explains to us (the readers) how the multiverse works, then tells the story of what happened when Spider-Man joined the Fantastic Four.

NOTE:
Uatu shows snapshots of other realities (no new information, just reminders), including the Earth Alternate (“Earth-A” for short) Thing (Reed Richards) (from FF 118/2), an Invaders where the Axis Powers won WWII (from FF@ 11/MTIO@ 1), Squadron Supreme, Killraven, Deathlok (the future Luther Manning, one, the only one that existed at the time), and a world where Spider-Man fought Superman (yeah, the one you’re thinking of).

Johnny is oddly nonchalant about his sister no longer being able to breathe air, or leaving Reed (who is upset, to be fair) to live with Namor under the sea, or leaving the team in general; Spider-Man’s more upset about it than he is.

The Fantastic Five seen here (or at least four of them; Spider-Man, Mr. Fantastic, Human Torch & Thing) appear in Superior Spider-Man #32 as corpses.

Placement suggestions:

CHAMELEON II/DMITRI SMERDYAKOV | SPIDER-MAN/FANTASTIC FIVE-VERSE
WI? 1-FB

HUMAN TORCH/JOHNNY STORM | SPIDER-MAN/FANTASTIC FIVE-VERSE
WI? 1-FB
[SUSM 32]

IGOR | SPIDER-MAN/FANTASTIC FIVE-VERSE
WI? 1-FB

INVISIBLE GIRL/SUE STORM | SPIDER-MAN/FANTASTIC FIVE-VERSE
WI? 1-FB

JAMESON, J. JONAH | SPIDER-MAN/FANTASTIC FIVE-VERSE
WI? 1-FB

MASTERS, ALICIA | SPIDER-MAN/FANTASTIC FIVE-VERSE
WI? 1-FB-BTS

MIKHLO | SPIDER-MAN/FANTASTIC FIVE-VERSE
WI? 1-FB

MR. FANTASTIC/REED RICHARDS | SPIDER-MAN/FANTASTIC FIVE-VERSE
WI? 1-FB
[SUSM 32]

PARKER, MAY | SPIDER-MAN/FANTASTIC FIVE-VERSE
WI? 1-FB

PEOTOR | SPIDER-MAN/FANTASTIC FIVE-VERSE
WI? 1-FB

PUPPET MASTER/PHILLIP MASTERS | SPIDER-MAN/FANTASTIC FIVE-VERSE
WI? 1-FB

RED GHOST/IVAN KRAGOFF | SPIDER-MAN/FANTASTIC FIVE-VERSE
WI? 1-FB

SPIDER-MAN/PETER PARKER | SPIDER-MAN/FANTASTIC FIVE-VERSE
WI? 1-FB
[SUSM 32]

SUB-MARINER/NAMOR MACKENZIE | SPIDER-MAN/FANTASTIC FIVE-VERSE
WI? 1-FB

THING/BEN GRIMM | SPIDER-MAN/FANTASTIC FIVE-VERSE
WI? 1-FB
[SUSM 32]

UATU | SPIDER-MAN/FANTASTIC FIVE-VERSE
WI? 1-FB

VULTURE IV/ADRIAN TOOMES | SPIDER-MAN/FANTASTIC FIVE-VERSE
WI? 1-FB
-Daron Jensen

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