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First Appearance of Impossible Man.

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February 1963
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  • * 1st Appearance of "IMPOSSIBLE MAN" * 1st Appearance of "WILLIE LUMPKIN"
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1st Appearance "IMPOSSIBLE MAN"
1st Appearance "WILLIE LUMPKIN"
Story 1:
After trying another serum to change him back to human form, Ben and Reed tell the story about how they met in college and eventually fought in World War II, they then retell the origin of the Fantastic Four. Sue later gets upset by reader mail that expresses peoples dislike of her and question her usefulness on the team, the FF angrily defend Sue by telling of the times that Sue helped the team defeat the Skrulls, and when she saved the team from Dr. Doom's death traps. After to cheer Sue up they take her aboard the flying saucer they have since their adventure on Planet X where Sue finds a surprise birthday cake waiting for her. As they celebrate Sue's birthday, Willie is slogging back to the Baxter Building with another bag full of fan mail for the FF.
Story 2:
An alien being from the planet Poppup arrives on Earth and appears before a group of hobos seeking entertainment. When he asks the homeless men for food they tell the alien that the only way he can get food is with money. Taking this as literally as possible, the alien goes to a nearby bank and takes bags full of money, using his shape shifting powers to get past a teller. When he is stopped by police they begin to shoot at the alien, who quickly turns into metal to deflect the bullets, sending the police fleeing. The authorities then call in the Fantastic Four to handle this alien being and they find the extra-terrestrial gorging on food at a fancy restaurant. Asking where he came from, the Fantastic Four learn that this alien came from the planet Poppup where his people evolved into being that could change shape into any form in order to deal with any threats to their lives.

When they tell the alien that he cannot just steal money, he points out that nobody tried to stop him, leading to the Thing and Human Torch to try to subdue the cocky alien, however his shape changing powers defend him well from any attack. Learning that this alien is on vacation, Sue tries to reason with him explaining that he can't just break Earth laws. When she asks the alien what his name is, he explains that Popuppians do not have names because they "know who they are". When he tries to walk out of the restaurant another fight breaks out and the Thing coins this alien as "impossible", prompting everyone to begin referring to him as the "Impossible Man"!
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