Former Espionage Agent
|Citizen of the United States with no criminal record.|
|Nation or Planet of Origin|
|Central City, California|
|Base of Operations|
Baxter Building, New York, New York
|6' 1" - Varies|
|Brown, with gray temples.|
Exposure to cosmic radiation resulting in a highly malleable body capable of stretching, deforming, expanding or compressing by force of will.
Excellent hand-to-hand combatant with training in the martial arts and adept in using his elasticity in offensive and defensive postures.
Genius level intelligence with skills in a wide variety of scientific studies, some of which were pioneered by Dr. Richards himself.
Fantastic Four Comlink: Personal communications device worn on the outside of the uniform resembling the team logo.
Fantastic Four Uniform: Clothing made of unstable molecules which is resistant and conforms to the abilities of members.
Resources and Inventions of the Fantastic Four.
Note: The Fantastic Four's primary source of income is derived from inventions and patents created by Dr. Richards.
Avengers Vol. 1
Fantastic Four Vol. 1, 2 & 3
Fantastic Four: 1...2...3...4
Fantastic Four: First Family
Fantastic Four: Foes
|Fantastic Four Vol. 1 #1 (Nov. 1961)|
|Stan Lee & Jack Kirby|
The only son of wealthy physicist Nathaniel Richards and his wife, Evelyn, Reed Richards was a child prodigy with special aptitude in the areas of mathematics, physics and mechanics. Encouraged and guided by his father, the youngster enrolled in college-level courses by 14 years of age. At State University, he met two individuals who would come to play important roles in his life.
Assigned to a dorm room with arrogant Latverian genius Victor Von Doom (Dr. Doom I), who took an immediate dislike to Richards, he was forced to request other quarters. Richards' new roommate was a gruff New Yorker, Benjamin Grimm (Thing II), who soon became the budding scientist's closest friend.
Years later, Richards designed and fabricated an experimental starship capable of interstellar travel. Threatened by the U.S. government with cancellation of the partial funding of his project, he chose to make an immediate test flight with Grimm, now an Air Force pilot as the chief astronaut. Rounding out the crew of four were Richards' fiancée and long-time sweetheart, Susan Storm (Invisible Girl), and her brother, Johnny (Human Torch II).
A freak cosmic-radiation storm changed the rocket's inhabitants granting them each unique powers. When the rocket crashed back to Earth, Richards discovered that he was capable of manipulating any part of his body like rubber. With his fellow explorers he founded the Fantastic Four and declared himself their leader and public spokesman Mr. Fantastic.