120. The Horror That Walks On Air

Issue One Hundred and Twenty, March 1972

Issue One Hundred and Twenty, March 1972

“I have come to this sick and savage planet to make an announcement — you must all prepare for the final judgement — all of mankind is doomed!

The Fantastic Four are in the Baxter Building when it is suddenly invaded by some masked terrorists. They capture them before they do much harm, but the landlord becomes very upset. After dealing with him, they are contacted by Agatha Harkness and told that a great danger is coming to earth. Just then we see a man with flaming wings walking in the sky across all the cities of the world. The FF take the fantasticar to investigate and manage to lure him back to Manhattan in order to study him. The being then addresses the city, telling them that the planet is doomed. He pulls a horn out of a pocket that grows in size and the last image we see is of him blowing it.

Stan Lee is back to script this story with John Buscema, and actually it turns out that there isn’t a lot to it. There are two different and unrelated action plots — a home invasion and an alien visitation — but neither of these are done portrayed very excitingly. The men in white cloth masks are not sufficient enough threat for us to feel the FF are in any actual danger, and odd aliens roaming about are not infrequent in this title. Apart from a flashy costume, there isn’t anything that sets the Air-Walker apart from The Silver Surfer or, quite recently, the Overmind.

And regrettably there isn’t much of a hook at the end of the issue. He blows a horn, which is slightly intriguing, but we don’t really get any sort of an impression of impending doom. And the FF’s efforts to try to keep the Air Walker’s attention by displaying their super-powers is a pretty transparent ploy by the creators to try to keep ours through the same actions.


Nobody gets to blow Gabriel's horn but Gabriel.

Nobody gets to blow Gabriel’s horn but Gabriel.

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