Saturday, December 24, 2011

Fantastic Four #215 (February 1980)

Title: Blastaar!
Cover: Ron Wilson, Joe Rubinstein
Writer: Marv Wolfman
Penciler: John Byrne
Inker: Joe Sinnott
Colorist: Carl Gafford
Letterer: Joe Rosen
Editor: Marv Wolfman
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.40
Cover Date: February 1980
Release Date: November 1979
Synopsis: The Fantastic Four assist Randolph James with his Evolutionary Accelerator and prevent disaster when the professor's Compucord Plus control system explodes during a test. The team gets an alert from the Baxter Building security system and leave James at his lab as they to return to their headquarters. They find that none other than Blastaar has breached the portal from the Negative Zone and a fierce battle ensues. The Living Bombburst fights the Fantastic Four to a standstill and manages to escape into the sewer system after he his knocked out of the Baxter Building to the ground below. Reed Richards alerts the Avengers that the Negative Zone villain is on the loose and then gets a disturbing call from Randolph James, who has just been assaulted by a gang of thugs who robbed his lab. Reed rushes to help his friend and discovers upon his arrival at the lab that James has used the Evolutionary Accelerator upon himself in an attempt to heal his injuries. Transformed into a being with almost godlike power, James seeks revenge on the thugs, inflicting pain upon them and transforming them into rats.  Reed is clearly troubled by both the transformation and behavior of his old friend and asks James to return to the Baxter Building for examination.  To be continued next issue in Where There Be Gods!

Source: Kraalo Archives, Marvel Comics

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