Fantastic Four #245

Fantastic Four #245

In Marvel, Reviews by T. Andrew Wahl1 Comment

“I’m trying to give her a little more sense of herself without turning her into a libber. She’s not going to turn into the Invisible Woman. I’m trying to work within the established boundaries of the character.”John Byrne (kind of funny how that turned out, no?)
(From Amazing Heroes #1, June 1981)


Title: “Childhood’s End”
Synopsis: The Invisible Girl returns home to find the FF defeated by a golden-haired man — a strangely familiar golden-haired man.

Writer: John Byrne
Penciler: Byrne
Inker: Byrne

No creator did more to move the Invisible Girl from sidekick to A-lister than John Byrne. That evolution really begins here, with a solo tale that paints Sue Richards as both superheroine and modern superwoman, one capable of juggling the demands of being a wife, mother, super teammate and media star. Elements of this story tread familiar ground for Byrne – Sue’s solo battle is reminiscent of Kitty Pryde’s encounter with the N’Garai demon in X-Men #143, and the whole infinite power/psychic dampers bit is shades of the Phoenix saga. But the sum of these familiar parts is another enjoyable whole.

Grade: A

Cool factor: The Invisible Girl begins her journey to become the Invisible Woman.

Notable: This issue contains another of the classic Bill Willingham Dungeon & Dragons ads.

Character Quotable
“Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, we did not lose our human foibles when we gained our powers.”Susan Richards, not-so-invisible mother
Fantastic Four #245

Published and © by Marvel, August 1982
Cover by John Byrne

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Editor’s note: This review first appeared on Comics Bronze Age, Sept. 25, 2009.


  1. And, man, what a dynamic cover. This was a fun issue; thanks for reminding me about it.

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