I'm not exactly sure this is the right thread, but heck, it's sort-of a piece of Dragon's pre-history, so...
This is from Erik's old "One Fan's Opinion" column at CBR. God, I just checked the date and realized it's already 6 years old...!http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page ... e&id=15261
Anyways, at one point, Erik mentions a story from his younger days :
There was a group of artists in Middle School. There were enough of us that, at some point, the faculty accommodated us by concocting a class called ""Comic book art." Which was an art class, taught by the librarian who, if memory served me, really had no business teaching art of any kind to anybody. But we endured. At some point he brought in a pile of Fantastic Four comics. He'd cleared the shelf of the existing copies of "Fantastic Four" #178, a book that ended on a cliffhanger, and had us attempt to continue the story on our own, with mixed and often hilarious results.
I must have read that column at the time, but it did not occur to me to check what exactly happened in FF #178 back then. And it so happens that...http://marvel.wikia.com/Fantastic_Four_Vol_1_178
Yep. Enter The Brute, a.k.a. Reed Richards from the Counter-Earth.(... as well as the inspiration for Ben Blank, a.k.a. The Lummox, but don't say it too loud.)
I wonder how much of Young Erik's art class assignment found its way into Savage Dragon #s 108-111!