Episode 43: Impossible Man invades the Earth and leaves after not living up to his name (Fantastic Four #11, Part 2) -- Feb 1963
In this episode:
Mike and Ed discuss the attempted invasion by the Impossible Man. As bad as it was, how much worse would it be if a full army of these incredibly powerful aliens arrived? Should we be creating a global defense shield against future alien attacks?
In this issue:
In today’s meta-news, this comic book opens with the Fantastic Four walking by a newsstand as excited men, women, and children clamber to buy the latest Fantastic Four comic book. They briefly interact with their fans before returning home to the Baxter Building, whereupon Reed and Ben recount their friendship over the years. They recount their fateful rocket ship adventure which led to them, as well as Sue and Johnny Storm, flying through a cosmic storm and transforming into super-powered adventurers.
The story continues with the introduction of the Impossible Man from the planet Poppup. He arrives on Earth and demonstrates his amazing powers to turn into anything he wants, with impish glee. The Fantastic Four are called into service by the police to deal with the childish menace posed by the Impossible Man. They find that they cannot defeat them head on, which leads to Reed telling the world to just ignore him so that he will go away, which he does.
Assumed before the next episode:
The world is united, briefly, in joy and satisfaction over their repulsion of the Impossible Man by treating him as an unruly infant.
This episode takes place:
After Reed Richards has recounted their origin story, and also after their adventure with the Impossible Man.