One of the more surprising and exciting parallels between comic books and dramaturgy is the shared cultural intentions. Stan Lee, for example, speaks of a liberal inclusivity that echoes Diderot, and recognises art (in his case, comic books) as a medium for presenting philosophical ideas. The Fantastic Four, however, continue to express a very familiar ethos even into the 1990s, as in a scene from issue 511.
The Four are invited to stay in heaven - which Reed Richards calls 'the province of ultimate knowledge'. They decline, stating that 'we are not yet done exploring.'
And here are Lessing's thoughts on the matter.