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Posted at 1:20 AM ET, 01/25/2011

Here be spoilers: The FANTASTIC FOUR member who dies today is... [UPDATED]

By Michael Cavna


The Associated Press is reporting in the wee hours Tuesday that the member of the Fantastic Four who dies in this week's much-anticipated Issue No. 587 -- as recently teased by Marvel honcho Tom Brevoort [right] -- is ...

To prevent any accidental spoilerage, please click below to continue, if you choose -- of your own free will and curiosity -- to read the "FF" death notice. Don't say we didn't warn ya:

fantasticfinal.jpg (Image: courtesy of Marvel Entertainment)

...Johnny Storm.

That's right: As Comic Riffs "wagered" Monday, it's the Human Torch whose life has been extinguished -- at least for the foreseeable future, given the superpowers of comic resurrection -- by writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Steve Epting, Marvel Entertainment tells Comic Riffs.

"Johnny Storm's life is taken amid a massive battle that [Hickman] has been scripting for a year-and-half," the AP says. This after a half-century of the Human Torch burning bright.

Brevoort, Marvel's senior veep for publishing at Marvel, tells Comic Riffs: "Nobody was twisting our arms. but hopefully, we told an interesting and affecting story leading up to Johnny's demise--and what happens next will be just as interesting."

Brevoort has said that Issue 588 is the final issue of the Fantastic Four, noting coyly: "Beyond that, we're not ready to say exactly what we're doing. There won't be an issue 589."

Hickman "came to us two years ago with a vision for evolving the characters and concepts introduced to fans 50 years ago in Fantastic Four #1 - and quite frankly his vision blew us away," Brevoort said in a statement.

Sorry, but we must pause to rage, rage against the dying of the light.


So in honor of excitable Johnny Storm, cue a tune of remembrance by the late great rocker Warren Zevon, ("Stand in the Fire," "Johnny Strikes Up the Band"). It was Zevon, after all, who once -- when asked by David Letterman for thoughts on facing his own imminent mortality -- said in part with a certain wry poignance: "Enjoy every sandwich."

RIP, Johnny Storm.

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By Michael Cavna  | January 25, 2011; 1:20 AM ET
Categories:  Geek Buzz, Superheroes, The Comic Book  | Tags:  Fantastic Four, Jonathan Hickman, Marvel Entertainment, Steve Epting, Tom Brevoort  
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like Captain MarVel...
he will be missed...

Posted by: DwightCollins | January 25, 2011 5:14 AM | Report abuse

Darn, I hoped it would be the chick.

Posted by: htimothyjones1 | January 25, 2011 7:04 AM | Report abuse

The chick? Nobody would have seen that coming...

Posted by: Rudesan | January 26, 2011 8:54 AM | Report abuse

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