Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards)

The Religious Affiliation of
Mr. Fantastic
Reed Richards

Religion: humanist; portrayed alternatively as explicitly believing in God and as atheist CBR Scale: S (Atheist)CBR Scale: I (Humanist)

Name: Mr. Fantastic

Alter Ego: Reed Richards

Other Names: Reed Benjamin; Richard Reed; Invincible Man; Man in the Mystery Mask; Big Brain; Doc Fantastic; Sir Richard Reed

Classification: hero hero   scientist scientist  

Publisher(s): Marvel

First Appearance: The Fantastic Four (vol. 1) #1 (Nov. 1961): "The Fantastic Four!"

Creators: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, George Klein

Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes

Number of Appearances: 4,661

   Comic Book Appearances: 4,570

   TV, Film Appearances: 87

   Video Game, Computer Game Appearances: 4

Teams/Affiliations: Fantastic Five; Illuminati; The Avengers; The Fantastic Four

Enemy of: Doctor Doom, Mitch, sea monster

Romantic Interest: Invisible Woman

Allies: The Thing, Human Torch

Family/Relatives: Invisible Woman (wife), Franklin Richards (son), Valeria Richards (daughter)

Occupation: business owner, explorer, scientist

Location: New York City, New York, USA

Birth Place: Central City, California, USA

Race: white

Gender: male

One good place to read about Reed Richards' theological beliefs is the story "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit" in Marvel Double Shot #3 (March 2003). In this story, Reed Richards talks to his son Franklin about God (

In the MC2 future timeline, Reed Richards uses a robotic construction as his remotely controlled body. In this guise, he is known as "Big Brain," a member of the heroic Fantastic Five. "Big Brain" was created by Tom DeFalco and first appeared in What If (vol. 2) #105

Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards)

This character is in the following 454 stories which have been indexed by this website:
Alpha Flight (vol. 1) #40 (Nov. 1986): "Love" (only on cover)
The Amazing Spider-Man
Astonishing X-Men
Astonishing X-Men Saga #1 (Mar. 2006) (cameo)
Avengers / Thunderbolts #4 (July 2004): "Four: Betrayal" (cameo)
The Avengers
The Avengers and the Thunderbolts (1998) (mentioned)
The Avengers Annual #12 (1983): "Moonrise"
Before Fantastic Four: Reed Richards
Black Panther (vol. 5) #12 (Mar. 2010): "Power: Part 6"
Captain America
Captain America and the Falcon (vol. 1) #12 (Apr. 2005): "Brothers"
Captain America: Man Out of Time #5 (May 2011): "Part 5"
Captain America: Reborn
Captain America: Who Won't Wield The Shield? #1 (June 2010): "The Incredibly Normal and Bourgeois Idea of Doctor America, Occult Operative of Liberty"
Captain Britain (vol. 1) #4 (3 Nov. 1976): "The Thing -- Amok!"
Captain Marvel (vol. 2) #1 (Nov. 1989): "The Dream is the Truth"
Cerebus #56 (Nov. 1983): "Something Like an Origin" (character based on)
Civil War #6 (Dec. 2006)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report #1 (Mar. 2007)
Cloak and Dagger (vol. 2) #9 (Nov. 1986): "The Lady and the Unicorn" (only on cover)
Comet Man #3 (Apr. 1987): "When the Truth Is Found to Be Lies!"
Conspiracy #2 (Mar. 1998): "Print the Legend"
Contest of Champions II
The Craptacular B-Sides
Daredevil/Spider-Man #4 (Apr. 2001): "Unusual Suspects, Part Four: Things Get Worse" (cameo)
Daredevil: Father
Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia #1 (Aug. 2009): "Utopia: Part 1" (1-panel cameo)
Dark Reign: Young Avengers #5 (Dec. 2009): "Young Masters: Part Five" (mentioned)
Dark Wolverine
Dark X-Men #2 (Feb. 2010): "Journey to the Center of the Goblin: Part Two" (photo/picture/video)
Dark X-Men: The Beginning #1 (Sep. 2009): "Dark Beast" (mentioned)
Deadpool / GLI - Summer Fun Spectacular #1 (Sep. 2007): "Squirrel Girl Interludes"
The Defenders
Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #1 (Nov. 1988): "Love is the Spell. The Spell is Death!" (cameo)
Earth X
Exiles (vol. 1) #10 (Apr. 2002): "A World Apart: Part 3"
Fantastic Five
Fantastic Force
The Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four Unlimited
Fantastic Four: The World's Greatest Comics Magazine!
Fantastic Four: What Lies Between (2007)
Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1 (July 2008): "Gone"
Giant-Size X-Men #1 (July 1975): "Second Genesis" (mentioned)
Heroes for Hire
Hulk: Raging Thunder #1 (Aug. 2008): "Thundra at Dawn!"
The Incredible Hulk
Iron Man (vol. 1) #212 (Nov. 1986): "Precious Legacy" (only on cover)
Marvel Age Annual #1 (Jan. 1985)
Marvel Comics Presents
Marvel Double-Shot #3 (Mar. 2003): "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit" (lead character)
Marvel Fanfare
Marvel Feature (vol. 1) #11 (Sep. 1973): "Cry: Monster!"
Marvel Holiday Special 2004
Marvel Knights
Marvel Knights 4
Marvel Knights Spider-Man
Marvel Super-Hero Contest of Champions
Marvel Super-Heroes (vol. 1) #21 (July 1969): "The Avengers Meet... Sub-Mariner!" (3-panel cameo)
Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars
Marvel Team-Up
Marvel Treasury Edition
Marvel Treasury Special, Giant Superhero Holiday Grab-Bag
Marvel Two-in-One
Marvel Universe: Millennial Visions #1 (Feb. 2002): "The Death of the Fearsome Four"
Marvel Universe: The End
Marvel Year-in-Review #4 (1992)
Marvel: The Lost Generation #12 (Mar. 2000): "This is where it Ends!" (photo/picture/video)
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (24 Oct. 2006)
The Marvels Project #1 (Oct. 2009) (1-panel cameo)
Maximum Security
Maximum Security: Dangerous Planet #1 (Oct. 2000): "A Very Dangerous Planet" (2-panel cameo)
Megaton Man
The Mighty Avengers
Moon Knight Saga (Oct. 2009) (1-panel cameo)
Ms. Marvel
The New Avengers
The New Avengers 100 Project (May 2011)
The New Mutants (vol. 1) #45 (Nov. 1986): "We Were Only Foolin'" (only on cover)
New Thunderbolts
The Order
The Original Ghost Rider #19 (Jan. 1994): "Silent Night... Deadly Night!"
Peter Parker: Spider-Man (vol. 2) #53 (Apr. 2003): "Rules of the Game" (cameo)
Power Man #25 (June 1975): "Crime and Circuses" (cameo)
Secret Wars II
The Sensational She-Hulk #45 (Nov. 1992): "Change of Mine..." (cameo)
Slapstick #1 (Nov. 1992): "The Totally Awesome Origin of Slapstick!" (cameo)
Special Edition X-Men #1 (Feb. 1983): "Second Genesis" (mentioned)
Spider-Boy Team-Up #1 (June 1997): "Too Many Heroes -- Too Little Time" (character based on)
Spider-Island: Spider-Woman #1 (Nov. 2011)
Spider-Man and X-Factor: Shadowgames #1 (May 1994): "Shadow-Games" (cameo)
Spider-Man Family (vol. 2) #4 (Oct. 2007): "Tales of the Puppet Master!" (toy)
Spider-Man: Fear Itself (Feb. 1992) (cameo)
Strange Tales
Super-Villain Team-Up #1 (Aug. 1975): "Slayers from the Sea!" (cameo)
Superman / Fantastic Four (Apr. 1999): "The Infinite Destruction"
The Thing (vol. 2) #8 (Aug. 2006): "Last Hand"
The Torch
Ultimate Fantastic Four #32 (Oct. 2006): "Frightful, Part 3"
Ultraforce / Avengers #1 (Fall 1995): "Becoming More Like God"
The Uncanny X-Men (vol. 1) #135 (July 1980): "Dark Phoenix" (1-panel cameo)
Universe X Special: 4 (Oct. 2000)
Untold Tales of Spider-Man Annual '96
Untold Tales of the New Universe (June 2006): "Adventures in the Mulletverse" (cameo)
Untold Tales of the New Universe: Starband #1 (May 2006): "Adventures in the Mulletverse" (cameo)
Vengeance of the Moon Knight #1 (Nov. 2009): "Shock and Awe: Chapter 1: The White Knight" (1-panel cameo)
Web of Spider-Man
What If...? (vol. 2) #112 (Sep. 1998): "Brave Old World"
What If? (vol. 1) #22 (Aug. 1980): "What If... Doctor Doom Had Become a Hero?"
Wolverine (vol. 2) #136 (Mar. 1999): "Trust" (cameo)
The X-Men
X-Men: Millennial Visions 2001 (Jan. 2002): "New Mutants: First Soldiers"
Young Avengers #9 (Dec. 2005): "Family Matters: Part 1" (someone disguised or dressed as)
Young X-Men

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