A notable Fantastic Four member was killed in battle today after fighting crime for nearly 50 years.
Johnny Storm, aka The Human Torch, died defending his niece and nephew from nemesis Annihilus and his army of bug-like creatures in issue 587 of the classic comic book series.
The latest issue was highly anticipated for months after Marvel Comics announced that issue 587 would be the end of one of the Fantastic Four superheros, the New York Daily News reported.
"It wasn't done with any malice--it was done in the service of this larger story," Tom Brevoort said to USA Today over the decision to kill off the Marvel Comics crime-fighter.
The following Issue, the final Fantastic Four issue, will see the surviving team members, the superhero community, and the world dealing with the death of Storm.