I was at Comic Expo yesterday and Tom DeFalco was there. While some didn't like DeFalco's FF run, with Ben's helmet, Sue's boob window and other things, I actually loved the DeFalco run. Many disliked what DeFalco did, but I found it amusing and interesting. The FF was fun during his run.
Tom spoke fondly of the FF and we briefly lamented Marvel's handling of the FF and lack of an FF title. Tom said that people who don't like what Marvel is doing should write Marvel and let them know. He says that if enough people do it, they will eventually listen. Whether or not they do something is another story.
I have DeFalco's Fantastic Four Guide (DK) and his "Comics Creators on Fantastic Four" - both are great acquisitions for any FF fan. The latter is one of the most insightful books available on what went into the thought processes behinds various runs on the FF.
Overall, DeFalco is nice guy and it was very interesting to hear his perspective on Marvel and the FF.
I feel much the same as Dakota. Really enjoyed the work up until the death of Reed and Doom. After that it took way too long to bring Reed back. Seemed to drag on forever. I really don't care for stories with replacement members for such an extended period; including She-Hulk's replacement of Ben during Byrne's run. DeFalco's work on the future stories (two five issue mini series that came out a decade apart) was excellent and was titled Fantastic Five. Really enjoyed seeing a more mature Johnny as well as the kids older and viable parts of the team. DeFalco's characterization was really strong and usually sharp in regard's to the members. Paul Ryan's artwork was exceptional. One of my favorites in the genre.
Like the Count says there's good and bad in almost every run of any superhero title. Seeing what been done to the FF over the last decade, I've come to appreciate DeFalco's work much more.