Membership: Bones, Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Shorty, numerous others

Purpose: To entertain

Aliases: Bones & Bailey Circus

Affiliations: Their patrons

Enemies: Mad Thinker (though they were unaware of it)

Base of Operations: Mobile throughout the southern USA

First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#15 (June, 1963)

History: (Fantastic Four I#15 (fb) - BTS) - The criminal Mad Thinker arranged for over a dozen serious accidents to befall the Bones 'n Bailey Circus in an effort to force the Human Torch's cousin Bones to seek the Human Torch out. The Thinker's plan worked perfectly and business quickly dropped off, forcing Bones to send a telegram to the Human Torch asking to meet with him.

(Fantastic Four I#15) - Bones and his associate Shorty ventured into New York to recruit the Human Torch for the Bones 'n Bailey Circus. Explaining the Circus' financial dire straits and insisting he needed a new star to bring the crowds back to the Circus, Bones successfully recruited the Human Torch. Days later, the Human Torch performed fiery tricks to the delight of the Bones 'n Bailey Circus patrons but he began to feel like the public applause was empty and that he couldn't take much more of the same old routine. Soon after, the Human Torch decided to leave the Circus and return to the Fantastic Four.

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

This profile was completed 9/28/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Proto-Man.

The Bones 'n Bailey Circus has no known connections to:


Bones was the cousin of the Human Torch and Invisible Woman who ran the Bones 'n Bailey Circus. After a series of accidents befell the Circus, Bones sent a telegram to meet with the Human Torch and soon traveled to New York to recruit the Human Torch to his Circus in an effort to boost ticket sales. Bones' plan worked perfectly and Bones successfully recruited the Human Torch for several days, bringing the crowds back to the Circus.

--Fantastic Four I#15


Shorty was a diminutive employee of the Bones 'n Bailey Circus. When Bones traveled to New York to recruit the Human Torch into the Circus, Shorty accompanied him.

--Fantastic Four I#15

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Fantastic Four I#15, p12, pan3 (Bones 'n Bailey Circus, main image)
Fantastic Four I#15, p12, pan4 (Human Torch performing with the Circus)
Fantastic Four I#15, p7, pan5 (Bones & Shorty)

Fantastic Four I#15 (June, 1963) - Stan Lee (writer, editor), Jack Kirby (pencils), Dick Ayers (inks)

First Posted: 09/29/2021
Last updated: 09/28/2021

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