Reed Richards – Mr. Fantastic
Sue Storm – Invisible Woman
Johnny Storm – The Human Torch
Ben Grim – The Thing
New York City
Fantastic Four #1 (1961)
Currently Seen In
Fantastic Four, Marvel Age – Fantastic Four, Ultimate Fantastic Four
Mr. Fantastic – Elastic Body, Superior Intellect
Invisible Woman – Invisibility, Create Force Fields
The Human Torch – Cover Body with Flames, Shoot Flames, Manipulate Flame, Flight
The Thing – Super Strength, Rock Skin, Super Endurance
The Fantastic Four came about because the heads of the two big comic publishers, DC and Marvel(Timely comics at the time) where playing golf together and the head of DC mentioned they were launching a new comic book about a super team, The Justice Society of America. The head of Marvel came back to work and told Stan Lee and Jack Kirby to do the same, and the Fantastic Four was born.
Reed Richards, a brilliant scientist, took his crew on an unregistered space ship launch to become the first to do interstellar travel. An accident occurred, and the crew was bathed in cosmic rays and was forced to return to earth. When they got back to earth, the realized that through the cosmic rays, they were changed on the most basic molecular level. They each had super powers, some with great abilities and little change to their physical appearance, but in the case of The Thing, the side effects were very noticeable and monstrous.
The four had a choice, to hide their powers and shy away from society, or to embrace their newfound abilities and use them to help the very people that might consider them freaks. Reed, Sue, Johnny, and Ben all decided to face their fears and as The Fantastic Four, they have become more powerful than they would be as individuals and their bonds have made them a family of sorts, ready to take on any challenge. Now, they are adventurers of a new kind, and have traveled to places and domains humanity has never thought even existed.