House of Jack and Stan

On this episode, we talk about Fantastic Four #2: Skrulls from Outer Space! and Fantastic Four #3: The Menace of the Miracle Man!

These issues have cover dates of January and March, 1962, and we discuss some of the events which occur during those months.

On this episode, we talk about the state of the world circa the fall of 1961 and the inception point of the Marvel Universe: Fantastic Four #1.

Cover date November, 1961: This issue features the first appearance of the Fantastic Four, as well as that of the Mole Man and Monster Isle (a location that is periodically revisited over the years).

During the episode we mention William Messner-Loebs’ GoFundMe, which is still ongoing as of the release of this episode, and you can find at: Bill was a popular artist and writer in the 80s and 90s, and may be best remembered for his contributions to the early days of Wally West’s adventures as The Flash, as well as his time writing Wonder Woman.

Like many comic artists for Marvel and DC—who are freelancers, and do not receive health benefits, pensions, nor typically royalties on their work—Bill and his wife have fallen on hard times in recent years, and have been unhoused for some time. You can read his story and contribute to him at the link above, if you wish to.

You may also want to check out the Hero Initiative, an organization set up to help comic creators like Bill, which you can find at You contributions are greatly appreciated.


Welcome to the premiere episode of The House of Jack and Stan. On this show, we’re going to be reading and discussing the origin and evolution of Marvel Comics—starting from the release of Fantastic Four #1 in 1961. We plan to hit every issue that Marvel released from ’61 through the end of 1969. Along the way we’re going to talk about the growth of Marvel as a company and some of the real history that was happening at the time these comics were being released.

On this episode, we talk about the concept of the show, discuss some of our favorite Marvel characters, and explore the events that led up to the creation of Marvel Comics, beginning in 1934 and ending in 1961.

Note: We were trying to think of the Editor-in-Chief of DC comics, who is Bob Harras, not Tom DeFalco.