We’re tackling our oldest comic yet on New to Comics, which is appropriate when dealing with Marvel’s ‘First Family’ of superheroes. So without further ado, come and check out the 1966 classic The Coming of Galactus.
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Stan Lee
Art by: Jack Kirby
Founding Members: Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, The Thing
Base of Operations: New York City
First Appearance: The Fantastic Four #1 (November 1961)
Determined to explore the unknown, scientist Reed Richards took his girlfriend Susan Storm, his best friend Ben Grimm and Sue’s kid brother Johnny Storm on a trip in his experimental shuttle to explore the stars! However, on their maiden voyage, the group was struck with cosmic rays and plummeted to Earth forever changed. Reed’s body gained incredible elasticity, Susan could cast force-fields and turn invisible, Johnny could throw fire and set himself aflame, while Ben was transformed into a rock-hided, monstrous ‘Thing’. Though Ben’s new form initially created some animosity amongst the old friends, the four decided to band together as the Fantastic Four; the ‘first family’ of superheroes. While the team would devote themselves to saving lives from the likes of Reed’s rival Doctor Doom and alien threats such as the Skrulls, they also strive to explore the wonders of the universe, paving the way for a better tomorrow through their scientific discoveries. In time, Reed and Susan would marry and have children, making the Fantastic Four the beginning of the most fantastical family around!