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What If? (1977) - #1
"What If... Spider-Man Joined The Fantastic Four?"

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Roy Thomas

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Roy Thomas

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John Buscema
John Romita Sr.
Joe Sinnott

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Cover Date: February 1977
Cover Price: US $ 0.50

Issue Tagline: None.

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 52 pages

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Early in Spider-Man's career, he visited the Fantastic Four thinking that he could get a paying job.

In 616, he was lightly mocked for thinking that the FF paid salaries. Spider-Man gets angry and leaves in a huff.

In this reality, Sue Storm calls after Peter, who returns. A more level-headed discussion ensues, with the FF deciding that some extra muscle and a pay structure couldn't hurt after all.

The consequences of having Spider-Man on the team are then explored.

Reprinted/Collected in:
The Amazing Spider-Man (2004) Vol 13
Die Spinne Comic-Album (1979) #13
Spider-Man Family (2007) #3
What If? (1977) TPB
What If? (1977) TPB vol. 01

Since this was the very first issue of What If?, there is a lengthier-than-usual introduction explaining the concept of alternate realities.

Interestingly, Marvel goes out of its way to distinguish the What If? concept (cause-and-effect results of altered actions) from DC's "imaginary stories".

For example, it is consistent with the Marvel universe that a change of mind could see Spider-Man joining the Fantastic Four.

An imaginary story on the other hand would not have to "play by the rules" - a story about Superman being a lion from the year 3000 would be fair game.

Notes on the many characters appearing in the Watcher's introduction:

- Still need to add the Squadron Supreme and Avengers members from page 3

- Yes, Earth-1 Superman really does appear in this issue.. Or at least his arm does. On page 3: "And, doubts exist as to whether Spider-Man's spectacular bout with a certain colorfully-clad alien took place in this time continuum or another.". This is a reference to the Superman Vs. The Amazing Spider-Man one-shot co-published by Marvel and DC in 1976.

- The Captain America in the reality shown where the Invaders and the Fantastic Four fight the Axis Powers might not be Steve Rogers.

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An image for Bucky (Marvel)(01 - James B. Barnes) exists Bucky (Marvel)(01 - James B. Barnes)
An image for Captain America (Marvel)(01 - Steve Rogers) exists Captain America (Marvel)(01 - Steve Rogers)
An image for Chameleon (Marvel) exists Chameleon (Marvel)
An image for Deathlok (Marvel)(01 - Luther Manning)(Earth-7484) exists Deathlok (Marvel)(01 - Luther Manning)(Earth-7484)
An image for Doctor Spectrum (Marvel)(02 - Joe Ledger) exists Doctor Spectrum (Marvel)(02 - Joe Ledger)
An image for Golden Archer (Marvel)(Earth-712-Squadron Supreme) exists Golden Archer (Marvel)(Earth-712-Squadron Supreme)
An image for Human Torch (Marvel)(01 - Jim Hammond) exists Human Torch (Marvel)(01 - Jim Hammond)
Human Torch (Marvel)(Earth-772)
An image for Hyperion (Marvel)(02 - Earth-712) exists Hyperion (Marvel)(02 - Earth-712)
An image for Igor the Baboon (Marvel) exists Igor the Baboon (Marvel)
Invisible Woman (Marvel)(Earth-772)
An image for John 'J.' Jonah Jameson, Jr. (Marvel) exists John 'J.' Jonah Jameson, Jr. (Marvel)
An image for Killraven (Marvel) exists Killraven (Marvel)
An image for Lady Lark exists Lady Lark
  An image for Mikhlo the Gorilla (Marvel) exists Mikhlo the Gorilla (Marvel)
An image for Mr. Fantastic (Marvel) exists Mr. Fantastic (Marvel)
An image for Namor the Sub-Mariner (Marvel) exists Namor the Sub-Mariner (Marvel)
An image for Peotr the Orangutan (Marvel) exists Peotr the Orangutan (Marvel)
An image for Puppet Master (Marvel) exists Puppet Master (Marvel)
An image for Red Ghost (Marvel) exists Red Ghost (Marvel)
Spider-Man (Marvel)(Earth-772)
An image for Superman (DC)(Earth-1 - Pre Crisis) exists Superman (DC)(Earth-1 - Pre Crisis)
Thing (Marvel)(Earth-721)
Thing (Marvel)(Earth-772)
An image for Toro (Marvel)(01 - Thomas Raymond) exists Toro (Marvel)(01 - Thomas Raymond)
An image for Uatu the Watcher (Marvel) exists Uatu the Watcher (Marvel)
An image for Vulture (Marvel)(02 - Adrian Toomes) exists Vulture (Marvel)(02 - Adrian Toomes)
An image for Whizzer (Marvel)(03 - Stanley Stewart) exists Whizzer (Marvel)(03 - Stanley Stewart)

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Atlanteans (Marvel)
Avengers (Marvel)(01 - Original Team)
Fantastic Five (Marvel)(Earth-772 - What If)
Fantastic Four (Marvel)
  Invaders (Marvel)
Squadron Supreme (Marvel)(Earth-712)
Super-Apes (Marvel)

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