> Reprinted in: Fantastic Four Masterworks Volume 5  •  Fantastic Four Omnibus Volume 2

From the Mouths of the Marvels:

"We were able, thru use of vari-genes, to control evolution and to direct it in any way we wished!"

-- The Seeker, page 16

The Seeker seems to have his hands on technology that looks a lot like Jack Kirby invented it!


Fantastic Four #46
January 1966 • 20 pages

Publication Date: October 12, 1965

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I: Feature Story: "Those Who Would Destroy Us!"

Pages: 20

Script: Stan Lee
Pencils: Jack Kirby
Inks: Joe Sinnott
Letters: Artie Simek

First Appearance: The Seeker

Villain: The Seeker

Guest Appearance: Inhumans: Black Bolt, Medusa, Crystal, Lockjaw, Karnak, Triton, Gorgon; Dragon Man

Origin: Inhumans

Marvel Milestones: Inhumans first named, first time Great Refuge mentioned

Gadgets & Technology: Microwave Distorter, Electrically-Charged Berylium Steel Clamps, Heat Particle Probe, Seeker's Universal Control Rod (use as signal, distorter gun, force blaster, power jet)

Synopsis: (continued from FF #45)

Black Bolt is silent as he plows through the Fantastic Four with his powerful fists and sleek agility. Reed finds Johnny knocked out and his flame dampened by Triton. The aquatic inhuman attacks Reed, vowing they will not alert the "Seeker" as to their whereabouts. As Reed fights Triton he tears his robes and water spills out. Weakened, Triton runs off a pier into the river, as the costume that held the water he drew sustenance is now destroyed. On his way down into the river, Triton realizes that the Seeker has found him! Back at the fight between the FF and the Inhumans, the power stalemate continues.

As the fight continues, the mysterious Seeker tracks the Inhumans signal to the Baxter Building. He scours the Fantastic Four's headquarters with his men and finds Dragon Man. They abduct the creature, believing it to be an 'Inhuman.' As the rest of his troops scour the city for more Inhumans, the Seeker goes to see his newest captive, Triton.

The Thing can match Black Bolt's strength but not his agility, or his teammates. When Black Bolt begins to tire, Lockjaw is there to protect his master and keep the Thing at bay. While Karnak and Gorgon try to penetrate Sue's force field, Crystal realizes Triton has not returned, and she surmises that the Seeker must have captured him! The Inhumans retreat in mortal fear, teleporting away with Lockjaw. Crystal shouts out for Johnny, pleading with her family to stay with him, and Johnny watches as she teleports away, helpless that the girl his heart has fallen for is gone. The Fantastic Four return to the Baxter Building to find Dragon Man missing. Through their surveillance tapes, they learn the Seeker abducted him and left enough of a heat trail for Reed to follow with his Heat Particle Probe.

The Seeker has Triton trapped in a giant bowl of water and plans to take him back to the Great Refuge. Triton protests, as he and his family want to live free. The Fantastic Four find the Seeker's craft but are sucked inside and trapped. The Seeker greets them with his stoic and arrogant visage. He states that he will allow them to reclaim Dragon Man now that they know it is not an Inhuman. He explains the Inhumans are a race separate from humanity. Over the centuries, they have learned to control their own genetics and have hidden from the superior numbers of humanity in the Great Refuge. That is where Medusa and the rest of the Inhumans will be taken.

Just then, Dragon Man breaks loose frmo his clamps and tears through the Seeker's craft. In the confusion, Triton's cell is shattered. Dragon Man escapes as Triton suffocates on the floor.

(continued in FF #47)

--synopsis by Jonathan Clarke, aka doesitmatter, with Gormuu

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Issues Reprinted
Fantastic Four #41-50 and Annual #3

Click on cover image to learn more about each issue.


FF #41

FF #42

FF #43

Ann #3

FF #44

FF #45

FF #46

FF #47

FF #48

FF #49

FF #50


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