Classification: Terrestrial technology

Creator: Dr. Doom

Users/Possessors: Dr. Doom

First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#17 (August, 1963)

Powers/Abilities/Functions: The Followers were humanoid-shaped devices designed to home in on magnetic signals transmitted by discs attached to the Fantastic Four. Each of the Followers was in a "phased" mode, unable to be harmed by any physical attack. While following the Fantastic Four, they recorded data which was then transmitted to Dr. Doom.

History: (Fantastic Four I#17) - Disguised as a janitor, Dr. Doom surreptitiously placed tracking discs on each of the Fantastic Four, and dispatched the Followers to pursue them. The Followers caused the team a great deal of public embarrassment, as one followed the Human Torch while he was on a date, one followed the Thing while he was out in the streets, one followed the Invisible Girl as she was posing for a U.S. Savings Bond poster, and one followed Mr. Fantastic as he was about to receive an honorary degree.

Humiliated, the Fantastic Four met at the Baxter Building, where Reed discovered the discs planted on them, and had them removed. The Followers then vanished, but they had already fulfilled their purpose for Doom by embarrassing the FF in public, and by providing him with the data he needed to defend his Flying Fortress from the team.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers.

by Prime Eternal

The Followers should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Fantastic Four I#17, page 8, panel 1

Fantastic Four I#17 (August, 1963) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks)

Last updated: 07/05/14

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