Tuesday, 22 August 2017

A Cartoon & Comic Book Tour Of #London No.22: The Fantastic Four

Daily Constitutional Editor Adam writes…

Every year at this busy time I dig into the archives of The Daily Constitutional and repost a few favourites - it allows me to enjoy the school holidays with my daughter and still lead my London Walks tours.

This year I'm reposting my Cartoon & Comic Book Tour of London - a series of posts tracing the inky footsteps left behind in our capital by everyone from William Hogarth to Scooby Doo. It's been one of the most popular series of all on The Daily Constitutional and I'm looking forward to updating it after the holidays with posts on Captain America, the X-Men, George Cruikshank and Mary Darly. In the meantime, here's the story so far…

This post was first published in June 2015…

Panel No.22: The Last (For Now!) Fantastic Four

These are tempestuous times in the Marvel Universe. First we had to deal with the death of Deadpool (regular readers will remember he visited London in Panel 13 ) and now the Fantastic Four are no more!

Say it ain't so.

With issue No. 645 of the original Marvel superhero team's adventures hitting the shops last week, we finally bid farewell to Reed Richards (Mr Fantastic), his wife Sue Richards (Invisible Woman), Johnny Storm (The Human Torch) and Ben Grimm (the Thing) who have been saving the world together since 1961.

As battle raged all around them in the exciting finale, we were pleased to see dear old London was given a cameo appearance…

… in the shape of Big Ben of course. Which we discussed earlier in Panel 4, Panel 8 & Panel 13!Yes, Big Ben has been very popular with American cartoonists down through the years!

Farewell Fantastic Four! Thanks for including us in your final bow!


A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.

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