Name: Fantastic Four
First Appearance: Fantastic Four #1 (November, 1961)
Did You Know: The Fantastic Four are often considered the first superhero family in comics.
Comic Book Origins: Fantastic Four – A Little History
The origin story illustrates Reed Richards and his never-ending desire to create and send a rocket to the furthest depths of space. Unfortunately, at the conclusion of his creation, the Government unnecessarily cut his funding. Sadly, his argument about its now completion went on deaf ears and his dream was cut short.
Unwilling to let this setback defeat him, Reed decided to move up what was supposed to be the launch date. He did this so as to send his rocket into space before the Government’s decision could be announced to the world.
His time was limited so he immediately set out to put together a team of individuals to accompany him on his quest. Without giving it too much thought, he sent out an invite to his former college roommate-turned test pilot, Ben Grimm, his girlfriend Susan Storm, and her brother Johnny Storm.
Before he could get his rocket launched, Reed incurred another setback. Concerned over the potential of cosmic rays, his flight was cancelled by the space board. Reed and his team, not wavered by the setback, snuck into the facility and prepared for launch. As the quartet pushed into the depths of space, their ship was as feared, bombarded by cosmic rays. The rays broke through the metal of the ship and forced the team back to Earth.
After landing, the four quickly realized that the rays had changed them and they now possessed powers they didn’t have before.