Real Name: James Kreig
Occupation: Department store greeter, former security guard
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Reed Richards
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: A "Zipmart" department store, unrevealed location
formerly a rocket base outside of Central City, California
First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#1 (November, 1961)
Powers/Abilities: Kreig is an ordinary human being. As a security guard, he was armed with a rifle.
History: (Fantastic Four I#1 (fb)/Fantastic Four I#126 (fb)/Fantastic Four I#543 (fb)) - Kreig was stationed at when Reed Richards entered the facility alongside his friends Ben Grimm, Susan Storm and Johnny Storm. Richards was able to get past Kreig by presenting his credentials. Kreig was used to seeing Richards come in late to work on the rocket, so he did not investigate the incursion any further, despite thinking it odd that Richards brought three other people with him. Richards ultimately launched the rocket that evening with his friends as crew, and their flight granted them the superhuman powers that transformed them into the Fantastic Four.
(Fantastic Four I#543 (fb) - BTS) - Kreig was fired over the incident, and was unable to get another job in the security guard business.
(Fantastic Four I#543) - Many years later, Kreig was interviewed for a television special on the Fantastic Four, and related the tale of the rocket theft. He was revealed to be employed as a greeter at the super-department store "Zipmart."
Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
I thought you'd might like to know that Dwayne McDuffie named that character after me. Dwayne was my friend and mentor for 20 years and I was, of course, thrilled that he made me part of the FF canon, in such crucial and amusing manner. The best thing I could do in response was name a chicken wing restaurant after him in an episode of Green Lantern: The Animated Series ("The New Guy"). There aren't many Earth names in the show.
Check out James Krieg's IMDB page to learn more about what he does in the entertainment industry.
Profile by Prime Eternal
James Kreig should not be confused with:
Images taken from:
Fantastic Four I#543, page 4, panel 3
Fantastic Four I#1, page 9, panel 5
Last updated: 04/02/07
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