Comic Book Tales Issue 10 - The First Family of Marvel - April 24, 2015

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The Fantastic Four

1) First appearance:

The Fantastic Four #1 (November 1961) created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby -

2) Who has been a member:

Reed Richards (Mister Fantastic); Sue Storm Richards (Invisible Girl/Invisible Woman); Johnny Storm (Human Torch); Ben Grimm (The Thing)

Other members over the years include:

Crystal Amaquelin (Fantastic Four #81); Medusalith Amaquelin (Fantastic Four #132); Luke Cage (Fantastic Four #168); Frankie Raye as Nova (Fantastic Four #239); Jennifer Walters as She-Hulk (Fantastic Four #265); Sharon Ventura as Ms.Marvel/She-Thing (Fantastic Four #306); Scott Lang as Ant-Man (Fantastic Four #384); Namorita Prentiss (Fantastic Four vol 3 #43); Ororo Munroe as Storm (Fantastic Four #543); T'Challa as Black Panther (Fantastic Four #543); Franklin Richards (Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four #3); Valeria Richards (Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four #3); Dennis Sykes as Flux (Heroic Age: One Month to Live #3); Peter Parker as Spider-Man (Amazing Spider-Man #657/FF#1) and Darla Deering as Ms. Thing (Fantastic Four vol 4 #2)

3) Jumping off point:

The Fantastic Four Omnibus Volume 1 -

4) Top Villan:

Dr. Doom in The Fantastic Four #5 (July 1962) created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby -

5) Movies like comics:

No. The powers for the FF are the same. How they got them is not and Dr. Doom is not even remotely close to the correct origin.

6) Why I like them:

Unlike other teams, the Fantastic Four is truly a family first and heroes second. In many ways, they are more adventurers and explorers than super-heroes. This doesn't mean they aren't involved in all the major Marvel events as heroes, but this isn't' their reason for being. The Fantastic Four started the Marvel Universe. They pre-dated Spider-Man and every other modern Marvel character. At one time, it was subtitled as the World's Greatest Comic. As with all Marvel characters, each member of this team is flawed. Some visible (The Thing) and some more emotionally with Reed and Johnny. Sue tries to hold it all together, but it is never easy. Like any family, there is a great deal of sniping at each other and they often say things that they later regret, but they are still family. This is representative of our world. We fight like crazy with our spouse and siblings, but in the end we still love them. We can say things that are hurtful, but that doesn't give anyone else outside the family the right to hurt any member. The tech is overwhelming at times and only Reed truly understands it. This team is about overcoming everything and still loving each other at the end of the day no matter what happens.

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