Real Name: Aaron Stankey

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Unrevealed;
    formerly boxer

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None;
    loosely Fantastic Four (Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Invisible Girl (Sue Richards), Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards), Thing (Ben Grimm), Impossible Man (he never formally met any of them, as he was either possessed or unconscious as they tried to defeat Molecule Man)

EnemiesKlaw (Ulysses Klaw), Molecule Man (Owen Reece)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Manhattan, New York, USA

First Appearance: (behind-the-scenes, unidentified): Fantastic Four I#186 (September, 1977); (fully seen, unidentified): Fantastic Four I#187 (October, 1977); (identified): Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe#7 (July, 1983)

Powers/Abilities: Presumably, Aaron Stankey was a reasonably skilled boxer.

Height: 6’0” (by approximation)
Weight: 205 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: None


(Fantastic Four I#187 (fb)) – Stumbling out of a New York gym, still a bit punch-drunk, Aaron Stankey was surprised by the arrival of the sound being Klaw. Thinking Klaw to be a creature from Hell, Stankey was hypnotically manipulated by Klaw’s sonic claw into grabbing a hold of the Molecule Man’s wand, which Klaw had found earlier in the Florida swamps. As soon as Stankey grasped the wand, the Molecule Man took possession of Aaron’s body, transforming his face slightly to incoporate the jagged scarring and changed lips.

Stankey as Moleule Man(Fantastic Four I#186) – Still possessed by Molecule Man, Aaron accompanied Klaw during an attempted attack on the Fantastic Four at the Baxter Building, where Klaw succeeded in knocking out the Impossible Man.

(Fantastic Four I#187) – When the Fantastic Four returned to the Baxter Building, Molecule Man (in Stankey’s body) transformed the investigating Thing into solid glass. Klaw then took Molecule Man to Reed Richards’ Psi-Amplifier device which would transfer the Molecule Man’s consciousness from his wand into a new, permanent body. The Human Torch soon arrived but Molecule Man transformed the air around the Human Torch into water, dousing the Torch’s flame and eventually causing him to lose consciousness due to lack of air. Shortly thereafter, Molecule Man was hit by the Invisible Girl and Mr. Fantastic entered the fray when Klaw threatened the Invisible Girl. The Impossible Man soon after jumped into the fight against Molecule Man and Klaw, wanting to pay them back for their earlier attack. Copying Klaw, the Impossible Man created a sonic demon that ran straight at Klaw’s sonic demon. As the two collided, creating a sonic boom that knocked everyone present to the ground, Molecule Man took his chance to sneak away and activate the Psi-Amplifier. Unfortunately for Molecule Man, Mr. Fantastic short-circuited the Psi-Amplifier, forcing Molecule Man’s consciousness back into his wand and leaving an unconscious Aaron Stankey collapsed on the floor. Not realizing the significance of the wand, Mr. Fantastic picked it up, inadvertently allowing the Molecule Man to possess his body.

(Fantastic Four I#188) – Aaron Stankey remained unconscious on the Baxter Building’s floor while Human Torch, Invisible Girl, Thing and the Impossible Man battled the Molecule Man-possessed Mr. Fantastic.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z HC Vol. 7 – Molecule Man entry - BTS) – Aaron Stankey stopped boxing.


Comments: Created by Len Wein, George Perez and Joe Sinnott.

In his appearances in Fantastic Four, Aaron Stankey was a boxer and was listed as a boxer in Molecule Man’s entry in the original (and deluxe edition) Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe in the 1980s. In the revised 2008 Molecule Man entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, Aaron Stankey was listed as an EX-boxer, suggesting that, at some point, Aaron stopped boxing.

Profile by Proto-Man.

Aaron Stankey has no known connections to

images: (without ads)
Fantastic Four I#187, p11, pan8 (main image)
Fantastic Four I#187, p12, pan2 (headshot)
Fantastic Four I#187, p15, pan6 (as Molecule Man)

Fantastic Four I#186 (September, 1977) – Len Wein (writer, editor), George Perez, Joe Sinnott (art)
Fantastic Four I#187 (October, 1977) – Len Wein (writer, editor), George Perez, Joe Sinnott (art)
Fantastic Four I#188 (November, 1977) – Len Wein (writer, editor), George Perez, Joe Sinnott (art)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe#7 (July, 1983) – Mark Gruenwald (head writer, editor), Peter Sanderson, Mark Lerer, Tom DeFalco (writers), Josef Rubinstein (inks)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z HC Vol. 7 (2008) – Jeff Christiansen (head writer, coordinator), Sean McQuaid, Michael Hoskin, Stuart Vandal, Ronald Byrd, David Wiltfong, Madison Carter, Mike Fichera, Chad Anderson, Chris Biggs, Eric J. Moreels, Mark O’English, Al Sjoerdsma, Jacob Rougemont, Gabriel Shechter, Markus Ettlinger, Jeph York, Rich Green, Andrew Golentz, Anthony Flamini (writers), Jeff Youngquist, Jennifer Grunwald (editors)

Last updated: 12/22/13

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