Real Name: Joe (surname unrevealed)

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Pilot

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Fantastic Four (Human Torch/Johnny Storm, Invisible Girl/Sue Richards, Mister Fantastic/Reed Richards, Thing/Ben Grimm), Junior, Ralph

Enemies: Charlie, Hulk (Bruce Banner) (both indirectly)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile

First Appearance: Fantastic Four I#166 (January, 1976)

Powers/Abilities: Joe has no superhuman powers but he is a skilled pilot, very knowledgeable of how to fly a jet and the safety precautions needed to fly.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'10")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 175 lbs.)
Eyes: Unrevealed (see comments)
Hair: Gray

(Fantastic Four I#166) - Joe was piloting a 747 passenger jet that happened to have the Fantastic Four as guests as the heroes traveled towards the American midwest in search of the Hulk. When a leaping Hulk subsequently hit the jet's wing, Joe frantically tried to pilot the jet out of a tailspin. The Fantastic Four quickly went into action to save the jet and its passengers, slowing the jet's descent down to a landing on a local road. As the jet neared the ground, Joe's co-pilot asked Joe if they were going to make the landing and a sweating Joe replied that he had no idea, commenting that their descent had slowed but the jet was still coming in too fast. He further warned about the jet hitting the slightest curve in the road before they could brake but the Fantastic Four managed to safely land the jet.

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas, George Perez and Vince Colletta.

    Joe's eye color was impossible to determine, as the only image of him depicts his eyes as nothing more than black dots. For some reason, I imagine him having blue eyes.

Profile by Proto-Man.

should be distinguished from:


Charlie was a hippie who happened to be driving down the road with his friend when the 747 jet piloted by Joe was forced into an emergency landing right behind them. The Human Torch signaled Charlie and his friend to pull away but Charlie missed the signal. When his friend looked behind them and saw the incoming jet, his friend ordered Charlie to pull off onto a side road. Charlie immediately asked why but his frantic friend exclaimed for Charlie to just do as ordered, as he didn't time to explain.

--Fantastic Four I#166


Junior was a young boy passenger of the 747 jet piloted by Joe. Junior accompanied a woman who appeared to be his mother as they relaxed in the jet's lounge area. When a man named Ralph (possibly the woman's husband?) began getting romantic with the woman, the Fantastic Four's Thing got involved and began manhandling Ralph in front of Junior. The woman quickly ordered the Thing to leave Ralph alone and ushered both Ralph and Junior out of the lounge area and away from the Thing.

--Fantastic Four I#166


Ralph was one of the passengers on the 747 jet flown by Joe. Ralph got quite romantic with a female passenger (possibly his wife?), prompting the Fantastic Four's Thing to tell Ralph to go elsewhere. Lifting Ralph up with a single finger, the Thing suggested Ralph might be a spy and warned what he could do to Ralph if Ralph was indeed a spy. Thing's manhandling of Ralph was soon stopped when Ralph's romantic interest ordered the Thing to leave Ralph alone. The woman then suggested both Ralph and the young boy Junior accompany her out of the jet's lounge area.

--Fantastic Four I#166

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Fantastic Four I#166, p8, pan4 (Joe, main image)
Fantastic Four I#166, p8, pan2 (Charlie)
Fantastic Four I#166, p2, pan3 (Junior & Ralph images)

Fantastic Four I#166 (January, 1976) - Roy Thomas (writer, editor), George Perez (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks)

First posted09/23/2022
Last updated: 09/23/2022

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