Episode 17 - Mass Hatred (Fantastic Four #7, Part 1) -- October 1962

  
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In this episode:

Mike and Ed discuss the mass mind control that has happened across the east coast. Also, the Fantastic Four appear to be missing. How are they involved?

In this issue:

The people of Planet X are highly advanced, far beyond that of the people of Earth. Their ruler, Kurggo, is bitter that, despite their advancement, they are going to be destroyed by a runaway asteroid. They only have two spaceships, which not enough to evacuate the planet. Kurggo decides to send an anthropomorphic robot in one of their ships to Earth to capture the Fantastic Four, whom Kurggo believes are the only people in the universe who can help them.

Rather than ask for their help, Kurggo’s plan involves an anger ray which gets everyone mad at each other, but especially the Fantastic Four. The attendees at a government dinner in their owner turn on the Fantastic Four, causing them to flee. Kurggo’s robot then catches up to the Four and delivers Kurggo’s message, which is more or less that his anger ray has turned the world against them, and as such they may as well come to Planet X to help them avoid extinction.

The Fantastic Four leave, and everyone’s anger subsides. Will they return? Time will tell.

Assumed before the next episode:

The people of New York City to Washington were inexplicably mad at each other, but especially at the Fantastic Four, but do not know why. They also do not know why the Fantastic Four left them.

This episode takes place:

After the mass hatred has subsided and the Fantastic Four have left Planet X, but before they have returned to Earth.