This image basically typifies the Fantastic Four. It’s an action shot that also nicely shows the conflicting personalities of the Human Torch and the Thing; at the same time, it also flaunts the team’s new duds and debuts the Fantasti-Car. The cover of issue #3 even sports a giant title card that reads “The Greatest Comics Magazine In The World!” Stan Lee is nothing if not humble.

Most of the times those claims are purely for show, but for the first eight years of the book’s run, The Fantastic Four was the best title in the world of comics. And covers like this one drove readers to the store every month just to see what Jack Kirby’s mind would project onto the page next.