I'm not a huge fan of the Fantastic Four series, although I certainly enjoyed the Ultimate Fantastic Four for a while. I think the notion that they were adventurers rather than crime-fighters turned me off. Which got me to thinking: I really didn't like the Challengers of the Unknown, either, and it was probably for the same reason. When I got to thinking about it, I couldn't come up with any book or individual character whose focus was on exploration and adventure rather than the war on crime that I read with any regularity.
I think it's interesting the way comic preferences tell us about ourselves. Some people like "daytime" characters like Superman and Captain America. Me, I like "nighttime" characters like Batman and Daredevil.
Some folks like their stretchy guys to be brilliant scientists, like Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four. Me, I like my stretchy guys like this:
Yup. Give me Ralph and Plas any day. I'm sure that says something about me, but I don't know what. That was from Detective Comics #436, for those of you playing the Official CMNS Drinking Game! (tm!)
Speaking of getting to know people, I give you (from Detective #432) Ray Palmer and Jean Loring, circa 1973:
Wow, Ray. Maybe you should have read that horoscope. It probably said something like "Today is a good day to break up with your fiancée because she's going to murder Sue Dibny and Tim Drake's dad!"
Ah, young love. The homicidal urges we overlook.
Hey! It's time for some Fun with Out-of-Context Dialogue (tm!):
Well, that's a request I'd think twice about honoring, but there you go.
See you tomorrow!