Reed Richards doesn’t shave
Fantastic Four #49, April 1966
What happened? Has there ever been a comic series as packed with gobsmacking moments as the Kirby/ Lee Fantastic Four? This is the issue where we properly meet Galactus for the first time, and the one where it’s hammered home just how serious a threat he is by a single memorable detail: Reed Richards hasn’t had time to shave.
Why was it shocking? Whether facing Doctor Doom or the Mole Man, Reed had always presented himself in respectably dapper fashion, but not this time. He pulls a desperate all-nighter in prep for the Big G, and looks dirty and sweaty and scared. This time, perhaps, we really are going to die…?