DR. RICARDO JONES
Earth-21766

Real Name: Ricardo Jones

Identity/Class: Alternate reality (Earth-21766) human mutate (pre-modern era)

Occupation: NASA astro-biologist;
    former ground control supervisor for the Cassandra 4 rocket program

Group Membership: NASA (Dr. Reed Richards, Sue Storm, others)

Affiliations: Enrico Fermi, President Lyndon B. Johnson, President John F. Kennedy

Enemies: The Fantastic Four (Human Torch/Johnny Storm, Invisible Woman/Susan Storm, Mister Fantastic/Reed Richards, Thing/Ben Grimm)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Washington, D.C., USA

First Appearance: Fantastic Four: Life Story#1 (July, 2021)

Powers/Abilities: Dr. Ricardo Jones was a brilliant inventor and designer, especially in regards to astro biology and space travel technology.

After being mutated, Dr. Jones possessed superhuman strength and a durable, rock-like hide.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 6'0", originally 6'1")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 500 lbs., originally 215 lbs.)
Eyes: Blue (originally brown)
Hair: Bald

History:
(Fantastic Four: Life Story#1 (fb) - BTS) - Shortly after NASA was formed, Dr. Ricardo Jones had lunch with several other scientists and they all concluded that the galaxy was teeming with millions of alien civilizations, prompting Enrico Fermi to ask where all the aliens were.

(Fantastic Four: Life Story#1) - In April 1961, Dr. Ricardo Jones sat in on a meeting between President Kennedy and Reed Richards, in which Kennedy tapped Richards to help design a rocket for the international "Space Race." After Kennedy placed Richards in charge of the project and suggested Dr. Jones would make sure Richards had everything he needed, Dr. Jones grew angry and exclaimed that he had been promised command of the Cassandra 4 rocket program.

Arguing that Richards' designs didn't even look like rockets, Dr. Jones was told by Kennedy that they already knew what failure looked like and suggested they try "failing" in new ways. Dr. Jones reluctantly backed down from the argument and stood off from the other two as Richards admitted that Dr. Jones was right to be concerned. Kennedy then told Richards since Dr. Jones was a skeptic who would keep Richards grounded, he would be placed in charge of ground control for the program. Dr. Jones then watched as Kennedy asked Richards about a new form of subatomic fuel Richards had developed. Later, while Richards was on the phone with his girlfriend Sue Storm, Dr. Jones interrupted the phone call to talk to Richards about his fuel, claiming he could not approve the rocket launch until they could test Richards' new fuel. When Richards asked when they might be able to test the fuel so the project could continue, the jealous Dr. Jones claimed they wouldn't be able to test such an experimental fuel until sometime in 1982 and he decided to mothball Richards' rocket design, canceling the entire Cassandra 4 project.

Later, after Dr. Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm launched the stolen Cassandra 4 rocket and were bombarded with cosmic radiation, Dr. Jones observed the recovering foursome at a military hospital and told a nurse that he wanted a cell culture from each of the four. He was interrupted when Johnny Storm uncontrollably burst into flames and he later led Dr. Richards and Sue Storm to Ben Grimm, who had been transformed into a rock-hided creature, remarking to Richards his hopes that Richards was happy with himself after what had happened. Richards asked Dr. Jones how long before Grimm would return to normal but Dr. Jones commented that it could be the next day and it could be never, assuring Richards that he was doing everything to understand Grimm's new condition.

In 1964, Dr. Jones, who had become NASA's chief astro-biologist, was asked to President Lyndon Johnson's White House for a meeting with Dr. Reed Richards to discuss the looming threat of the cosmic destructor Galactus. Dr. Jones suggested Richards' paranoia over Galactus and even the idea of Galactus himself could be a psychosis affecting Richards following Richards' exposure to cosmic rays. As a smiling Dr. Jones watched, President Johnson opted not to do anything about Galactus, as he was already very busy with Earthly affairs.

Later, in 1967, Dr. Jones appeared on television alongside Dr. Richards and when asked if he had brought any aliens with him, Dr. Jones chuckled and admitted that while the galaxy was likely filled with alien life, perhaps the aliens were content to watch Earth from afar. When Dr. Richards was questioned, he suggested the question of where the aliens were was self-terminating, as Earth was lucky to have not yet encountered alien life. He later located Ben Grimm at the Runway Bar and offered to transform Grimm back into human form while he would take on the rocky form Grimm then possessed. Grimm happily accepted and Dr. Jones was transformed into a rocky creature while Grimm was restored to his original human form. Plotting to murder Reed Richards, Dr. Jones then entered the Fantastic Four's headquarters posing as Ben Grimm and agreed to assist Reed Richards as Richards activated his subspace chamber in an attempt to learn more about Galactus.

As the chamber was activated, Dr. Jones revealed his true identity to Richards and shoved Richards, claiming that Richards had stolen everything from him and spread lies about seeing Galactus. Just as Jones was ranting, however, the two met Galactus, who proclaimed that he was coming for Earth. Realizing Richards had been right the whole time about Galactus and the destruction he would bring, Dr. Jones repented on his actions as the chamber collapsed. Richards was ready to die but Dr. Jones insisted that Richards had to survive, as he was the only other man who truly knew what Galactus was and could stop him. Shoving Richards back through the chamber's exit, Dr. Jones then fell back into the subspace chamber and when he died, Ben Grimm reverted back to his rocky form.

Comments: Created by Mark Russell and Sean Izaakse.

Profile by Proto-Man.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Earth-21766's Dr. Ricardo Jones
should be distinguished from:


images: (without ads)
Fantastic Four: Life Story#1, p26, pan4 (Dr. Ricardo Jones with rocky form, main image)
Fantastic Four: Life Story#1, p27, pan3 (Dr. Ricardo Jones, headshot)
Fantastic Four: Life Story#1, p3, pan2 (Dr. Ricardo Jones, headshot in human form)
Fantastic Four: Life Story#1, p3, pan3 (Dr. Ricardo Jones in suit)
Fantastic Four: Life Story#1, p13, pan3 (Dr. Jones in lab coat)
Fantastic Four: Life Story#1, p23, pan2 (Dr. Jones without glasses)


Appearances:
Fantastic Four: Life Story#1 (July, 2021) - Mark Russell (writer), Sean Izaakse (art), Tom Brevoort  (editor)


First posted: 10/13/2022
Last updated: 10/13/2022

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