|Plot Synopsis: Fantastic Four #21|
Story by Stan Lee pencils by Jack Kirby inks by George Bell.
Guest-starring Sgt. Fury. From the civil rights struggle of the 1960s and the ashes of World War II comes a FF story unlike any other and the birth of a villain who would become one of the Marvel Universe's most dread foes: "The Hate Monger!" When the Four read in the newspapers of how a new rabble-rouser is inciting riots in the Big Apple, they spring to action. Amid torches, jackbooted thugs and a mob with a mind for violence, the Hate Monger thrives and turns the crowd on "the foreign element" in its neighborhood. Enter the Thing who crushes the Hate Monger's platform and robs him of his podium.
It seems cooler heads will prevail when, suddenly, the FF are bathed in weird rays and astonishingly, turn on each other. The mind-bending power of the Hate Monger sends the Thing against Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Girl versus the Human Torch. Disgusted with each other, the Four split and the Hate Monger feels victory in his grasp. But it's then that Reed Richards' old Army buddy from WW II, Nick Fury, shows up (this is pre-SHIELD, by the way, true believer). Fury tells of how the Hate Monger has spread his violence to South America. Separately, the FF follow each not wanting the other to get more glory for the villain's capture. But with Sgt. Fury's help, an antidote is found for the Hate Monger's ray and soon the Fantastic Four are all on the same team again. Their foe stands little chance against a team united and soon falls. But when his mask comes off who could have expected just who was underneath? Story by Stan Lee with art by Jack Kirby.