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The Fantastic Four is a fictional superhero team appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The group debuted in The Fantastic Four #1 (Nov. 1961), which helped to usher in a new naturalism in the medium. They were the first superhero team created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist and co-plotter Jack Kirby. The Fantastic Four have been adapted into other media, including 4 animated television series, an aborted 1990s low-budget film, the major motion picture Fantastic Four (2005), and its sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007).
Although the group's membership has occasionally changed temporarily, it almost always consists of these 4 core friends and family-members, who gained superpowers after being exposed to cosmic rays during an outer-space science mission: Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards), The Invisible Woman (Susan "Sue" Storm), The Human Torch (Johnny Storm), and the monster-like Thing (Ben Grimm).