In 1961, an impressionable young man named George R. Martin (he would gain the second middle initial R later) wrote in to Marvel to congratulate Jack Kirby and Stan Lee on a recent issue of Fantastic Four:

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Here's the issue Mr. Martin was referring to:

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Martin's only complaint was that the Human Torch wasn't brutally stabbed through the face with a rusty sword as The Thing was tortured for 9 issues straight.