The Fantastic Four (vol. 1) #1 (Nov. 1961):
“The Fantastic Four!”
by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, George Klein

The Fantastic Four (vol. 1) #1

Title: “The Fantastic Four!”

Medium: comic

Cover date: Nov. 1961

Publisher: Marvel
Written by: Stan Lee
Art by: Jack Kirby, George Klein

14 characters in this story:

(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Pub. #
The Thing The Thing (Ben Grimm) hero
CBR Scale: S Jewish
Fantastic Five; The Avengers...  Marvel 5,017
Human Torch Human Torch (Johnny Storm) hero
CBR Scale: I Episcopalian
Fantastic Five; Fantastic Force...  Marvel 4,393
Mr. Fantastic Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards) hero scientist
CBR Scale: SCBR Scale: I humanist; portrayed alternatively as explicitly believing in God and as atheist
Fantastic Five; Illuminati...  Marvel 4,661
Invisible Woman Invisible Girl (Susan Storm Richards) hero
CBR Scale: S Episcopalian
Lady Liberators; The Avengers...  Marvel 4,069
Mole Man Mole Man (Harvey Elder) villain scientist
  [ruler of much of Subterranea] Marvel 297
Giganto villain
CBR Scale: U Deviant religion
[big green monster from the cover of FF #1]
Marvel 4
Mayor supporting character
  [Central City mayor; alerted governor when FF first appeared] Marvel 1
Pete supporting character
  [shot at the Thing before anyone knew about FF] Marvel 1
Pierre supporting character
  [soldier] Marvel 1
Tricephalus villain
CBR Scale: R Deviant religion
Deviants Marvel 3
The Fantastic Four The Fantastic Four hero group
  [1st app: The Fantastic Four (vol. 1) #1 (Nov. 1961)] Marvel 100
unnamed cabbie
supporting character
  [taxi driver] Marvel 2
monsters of Monster Island monsters of Monster Island supporting character villain group
CBR Scale: D N.A.
[1st app: The Fantastic Four (vol. 1) #1 (Nov. 1961)] Marvel 52
Edward Harrison Edward Harrison
(behind the scenes) 
supporting character villain
CBR Scale: M conspiracy theorist
Control; U.S. Army
[Donald Blake's old friend]
Marvel 5

This issue is divided into three chapters: "The Fantastic Four!", "The Fantastic Four Meet the Mole Man!" and "The Moleman's Secret!" All three chapters constitute one continuous narrative, and all were created by the same creative team. So we are listing the entire issue as a single story.