Classification: Terrestrial technology

Creator: Mr. Fantastic

Users/Possessors: Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Invisible Girl, Mr. Fantastic, Thing

First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#39 (June, 1965)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: Operation: Artificial Powers included a robot of the Thing which was operated through remote control by Ben Grimm, and could mimick the Thing's strength and voice. Sue Storm wore an Electro-Vibra Suit which could generate a force field and turn her invisible. Johnny Storm wore a costume which could ignite into flame and allow him to fly. Reed Richards wore an exo-skeleton with extendable arms (Auto-Extenders) and legs.

History: (Fantastic Four I#39) - After being stripped of their powers by the Frightful Four's Q-Bomb, the Fantastic Four searched for a way to duplicate their abilities, and Mr. Fantastic provided his teammates with devices which could mimick most of their powers. As they were in the middle of testing their powers, they received a visit from their lawyer, Matt Murdock. Then the FF were attacked by Dr. Doom, who fired stun-blasts at them. Reed's exo-skeleteon was destroyed in the first volley, and the Thing robot was crushed saving Sue from a collapsing wall. Just as the flame in Johnny's costume gave out, he was saved by Daredevil, and the now-powerless foursome joined Daredevil against Dr. Doom; Reed later used the Stimulator to restore the team's powers.

(Fantastic Four I#185-186) - Reed again made use of the Auto-Extenders when he had temporarily lost his powers. Reed used the Auto-Extenders to battle Salem's Seven along with the rest of the Fantastic Four, but he subsequently retired from the team until his powers returned.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Frank Giacoia and Wally Wood.

When this story was adapted in the 1990's Fantastic Four animated series, Grimm used a Thing exoskeleton instead of the robot.

by Prime Eternal

Operation: Artificial Powers should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Fantastic Four I#39, page 10, panel 1

Fantastic Four I#185-186 (August-September, 1977)

Last updated: 05/12/05

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