Fantastic Four (1961 1st Series) #142 VF
Published Jan 1974 by Marvel.
"No Friend Beside Him!" Part 1 of 3. Written by Gerry Conway. Art by Rich Buckler (breakdowns) and Joe Sinnott (finishes). Cover by Rich Buckler and Joe Sinnott. The Fantastic Four reach their lowest point of the bronze age following the shocking events of the previous issue. The team has been torn apart by the crisis with Franklin, and now the team members begin to go their separate ways. Upon reading a note from his girlfriend Alicia Masters, the Thing hops on an airplane and flies to the Balkans to rendezvous with her. Once Ben arrives, he is attacked by Darkoth, the Death-Demon! It's an awesome slugfest between the blue-eyed idol of millions and Darkoth! Meanwhile back in New York City, Mr. Fantastic and Medusa attend Reed's college reunion. Considering that one of Reed's classmates went on to become the monarch of a Balkan country...and also one of the most feared super-villains on the face of the Earth...perhaps Reed should have declined that invitation! Cameo appearance by Doctor Doom. Note: First appearance of Darkoth. Cover price $0.20.