Fantastic Four #34
Imagine you are the richest person in the world. Your ambition and wealth are equally boundless. Then, the final obstacles to your complete domination of the global economy appear before you, clad in bright blue uniforms and parading before the media as heroes. When the gauntlet is thrown before you 'Defeat the Fantastic Four!' how do you respond?
Gregory Hungerford Gideon responds as any greed-driven executive would. He puts into motion an astoundingly expensive plan to turn the Fantastic Four against each other, and he succeeds. But even as he does, Gideon learns a man can win everything and lose that which matters most his own humanity. In a moral tale perhaps leveled at Howard Hughes, a man who had it all and lost it to greed and madness, Stan Lee presents the FF with its first non-costumed foe. And as
shaken and paranoid as the heroes are by recent attacks by shape-shifters and mind-controlling villains, they fall neatly into Gideon's trap.
Jack "The King" Kirby rises to the occasion by deftly portraying Gideon, a man on the brink of money-made madness and his family, who can do nothing but shrink from him in horror. The Gideon Trust still bedevils the FF in today's new comics. This issue also features one of several Beatles-related sight gags involving the ever-loving Thing.