Debuted in 1961, Fantastic Four has had a long comic book history and one of the earliest Marvel superheroes created by writer and editor Stan Lee. The Fantastic Four is in fact the first team of superheroes to be popularized by Marvel Comics. The team is composed of Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, and The Thing. Mister Fantastic being the most intelligent and level-headed member of the team is the unanimous leader. All the members got their superpowers after being exposed to cosmic rays when they were chosen to conduct a scientific outer space mission near the sun. After exposure to cosmic rays, scientist Reed Richards became Mister Fantastic who can stretch and morph his body beyond normal. The only woman in the team, Susan Storm, became Invisible Woman who can make herself invisible and can even project force fields to repel possible attacks. Johnny Storm, brother of Susan, became the Human Torch who gained the power to generate flames from his body. By manipulating this superpower, flight became possible for the Human Torch. Ben Grimm gained superhuman strength and endurance due to his stony flesh and became known as The Thing.
Most notable villains of the Fantastic Four
The team recurrently gets into battle with the villainous monarch known as Doctor Doom. His alter ago, Victor von Doom, was originally a friend of the team who also happened to be responsible for picking up the members to the outer space mission where their superpowers originated. Doctor Doom presented several villainous plots to defeat the Fantastic Four and rule over the entire world. A more formidable foe is the world-devouring Galactus. The entity possesses cosmic powers beyond what the human eyes have seen. His powers are so vast that the Fantastic Four often sought for aid from another alien superhero known as the Silver Surfer. Another alien race known as the Skrulls had frequent encounters with the superhero team. This alien race has the ability to shape shift rendering them undetectable in the human world. Although the Skrulls do not have considerable strength and power to defeat any human being by hand, their long history as an alien race afforded them with highly advanced technologies.
Collecting Fantastic Four comic books
Pioneering comic books are treasured by comic book fans all over the world. Putting these into display or auction is the reason why these splendid works of art are viable investment ventures. The Fantastic Four, in particular, is one of the most priced comic books and can be sold for several folds more than its original value.