Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Fantastic Four #360

A comic book can be like a song. Once in a while a tune will be playing, maybe in the background, maybe in another room, maybe as someone's ring tone and you will instantly be taken back to where you were at what you were doing when you first fell in love with that music. I once spoke of the Foo Fighter's Color and the Shape album (one of my top 5 favorite albums of all time) and how hearing "Hey Johnny Park" will always remind me of Zelda Occarian of Time because of a night I was up playing the game and listening to the CD at the same time. I had just received both for Christmas, and they instantly became connected. When I hear "Hey Johnny Park" I will always think of good times playing a great video game.

Fantastic Four #360 acts as my "Hey Johnny Park" to my youth in general. I randomly owned this book when I was young and used to read it over and over and over. It was a simple story about an alien symbiote (the same alien type that bounded with Eddie Brock to become Venom) that came into contact with a gorilla. Ben Grimm, the Thing, fights the possessed gorilla and eventually is able to overcome it with the help of the Human Torch. I was way into Venom, as were most people around the time of this issue, and thought this issue was so interesting because it explored what it would be like for a different person or type of life form to be bounded with the symbiote. They would get strong, aggressive and black. (The symbiote was black. Not Luke Cage black. Alien organism black.)

I read Fantastic Four #360 so many times that it became the quintessential comic book of my youth. That is why what I am about to reveal about this comic of the day may blow your mind. I no longer own it.

Boom.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The gorilla looks an awful lot like you in the morning...