Episode 76: Super-Skrull! The Fantastic Four-in-One! (Fantastic Four #18) -- September 1963

  
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In this episode:

Mike and Ed discuss a new alien race that seems to have all the powers of the Fantastic Four. Are all of their people like that, or just a subset of super-humans like us? Can WE create superheroes with ALL the powers? Is there something special about space and the power sets of the Fantastic Four? Also, not that we’re complaining, but do aliens give up their invasions after small setbacks?

In this issue:

Lightyears from earth, in the fifth quadrant of the Andromeda Galaxy, are the Skrulls, shapeshifting humanoids who are still smarting from their failed invasion of Earth the year prior. Not ones to give up, they have devoted all of their resources to creating a super being of their own, the Super Skrull, who has the powers of all four members of the Fantastic Four. They send the Super Skrull to Earth, and demonstrating a flair for the dramatic and a complete lack of self awareness, he lands in Times Square and claims the Earth for the Skrull Empire. The Fantastic Four meet the challenge and take the Super Skrull on. After a titanic battle, the Four turn tail and run. Fortunately, Reed Richards figures out that the Super Skrull is maintaining his strength through a power ray being beamed from the Skrull home world. And so he jams the beam, following which the Four are able to take the Super Skrull down. They seal him into a cave on a remote island, and that is that.

Assumed before the next episode:

People are relieved that their short time as Skrull subjects has come to an end.

This episode takes place:

After the Super Skrull is defeated.