The Fantastic Four: Marvel Comics’ Premier Superhero Team

by Barbara

The Fantastic Four is arguably Marvel Comics’ most prestigious superhero team. Known as Marvel’s First Family, they have a nearly unchanging roster and have thrived through every era since their debut. The iconic quartet—Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm—transform into Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, the Human Torch, and the Thing to combat any threat to Earth. Their adventures, indeed, live up to the team’s name.

Debuting in 1961, the Fantastic Four have accumulated over half a century’s worth of storylines. This rich history showcases why they are a formidable team and an even stronger family unit. However, such an extensive catalog can be daunting for modern fans trying to find the best stories. To simplify this, here are the ten best Fantastic Four comic stories in Marvel Comics history, ranked:


10. The ‘New FF’ – A Hardcore, Short-Lived Team

Fantastic Four #347-349 by Walter Simonson and Arthur Adams


In a rare roster change, Wolverine, Ghost Rider, Hulk, and Spider-Man temporarily replaced the original team after a Skrull attack. Despite the stellar lineup, the storyline underutilized these characters and was too short. Nevertheless, the “New FF” remains a fascinating chapter in the team’s history.


9. Reed Richards Becomes the Maker

Ultimate Doom by Brian Michael Bendis and Rafa Sandoval

Reed Richards’ transformation into the villainous Maker in the Ultimate Universe was a shocking development with lasting repercussions in the Marvel Multiverse. “Ultimate Doom” details how Reed’s descent tore the Fantastic Four apart, making it a captivating and heartbreaking read.

8. Namor the Sub-Mariner’s Return to Canon

Fantastic Four #4 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

When Johnny Storm helps a homeless man with amnesia, the team discovers he is Namor the Sub-Mariner. Once his memory returns, Namor defeats the Fantastic Four single-handedly. This storyline reintroduced Namor into Marvel continuity, shaping the future of the Marvel Universe.

7. The Introduction of Doctor Doom

Fantastic Four #5 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Doctor Doom’s debut in “Meet Doom” is iconic, establishing him as the greatest villain of the Fantastic Four and a significant threat in the Marvel Universe. The issue introduces Doom’s origin and powers, laying the foundation for many classic conflicts.

6. Doctor Doom’s Sorcery in “Unthinkable”

Fantastic Four Vol. 3 #68-Vol. 1 #500 by Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo

“Unthinkable” delves into the terrifying extent of Doctor Doom’s sorcery. Doom uses a spell to possess Valeria Richards, demonstrating his dark powers and adding a chilling layer to his character. This storyline is one of the most thrilling in the Fantastic Four’s history.

5. The Thing’s Iconic Story

Fantastic Four #51 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

“This Man… This Monster” explores the Thing’s struggles with his appearance and identity. After his powers are stolen by a mad scientist, Ben Grimm experiences life as a human, longing to return to his former self. Concurrently, Reed Richards breaks into the Negative Zone, a key development in the team’s lore.

4. The Ongoing Series by Ryan North

Fantastic Four Vol. 7 by Ryan North

Ryan North’s current run on Fantastic Four has been praised for its near-perfect depiction of the superhero family. Balancing low-stakes and high-stakes storylines, North captures the essence of the Fantastic Four, making it an excellent time for fans to dive in.

3. Reed Richards’ Trial for Saving Galactus

Fantastic Four #262 by John Byrne

“The Trial of Reed Richards” explores the cosmic consequences of Reed saving Galactus’ life. Accused of causing the deaths of billions, Reed’s trial reveals Galactus’ role in the universe, making this storyline a compelling and expansive addition to the Fantastic Four’s canon.

2. The Debut of Galactus

Fantastic Four #48-50 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

“The Galactus Trilogy” is a cornerstone of Marvel Comics, introducing Galactus and his herald, the Silver Surfer. This storyline expanded the Fantastic Four’s universe and set a high standard for epic storytelling, making it essential reading for fans.

1. “Solve Everything” – The Council of Reeds

Fantastic Four #570-572 by Jonathan Hickman and Dale Eaglesham

“Solve Everything” is a high-concept sci-fi masterpiece where Reed Richards joins the Council of Reeds, a group of alternate Reeds working to solve multiversal problems. Ultimately, Reed chooses his family over the council, reaffirming his heroism and the core value of family, making it the best Fantastic Four story.

These stories highlight the best of the Fantastic Four’s rich history, offering fans a glimpse into why Marvel’s First Family remains iconic.

Related topics:

Former Marvel Editor Cooper Wins Emmy

Marvel Studios’ Approach to ‘Blade’ Sparks Challenges in Pre-Production

Insomniac to Introduce Eight New Suits in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 Update


You may also like


Rnada is a movie portal. The main columns include trailers, movie reviews, celebrities, movie knowledge, news

Copyright © 2023