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Invisible Woman (Susan Storm) created by Stan Lee & Jack
Kirby in The Fantastic Four #1 (Nov 1961)
Sue Storm is a founding member of the Fantastic Four - hit by
cosmic rays during a space flight, and gained the power to turn
She and her brother Johnny grew up on Long Island - after their
mother accidentally died in a car accident, their father became an
alcoholic who went to prison for accidentally killing a loan
Sue met her future husband Reed Richards when she was a young
girl - when she got older, she met Reed again and they connected,
eventually dating prior to the spaceflight
As a member of the FF, Sue is originally meek and withdrawn,
her invisibility only coming in handy to help the team when stealth
is needed - she goes by the codename Invisible Girl
She later discovers she can project invisible force fields, and
with this new power comes a new self-confidence
She and Reed get married, and she becomes pregnant with a
child, Franklin - she leaves the team, and Johnny’s girlfriend (the
Inhuman Crystal) joins the team in her place
The other team members travel to the Negative Zone to acquire
the Cosmic Control Rod to help with Sue’s pregnancy, since her
irradiated body makes carrying a child difficult - after Franklin’s
birth, Annilhilus releases Franklin’s full powerset - to protect
the world, Reed shuts down Franklin’s mind, causing Sue to leave
They later reconcile with the help of Namor the Sub-Mariner, a
romantic foil for Sue
Sue’s second pregnancy is stillborn, and her ensuing depression
leads Psycho-Man to manipulate her into becoming Malice, Mistress
of Hate - after Reed manipulates her into hating him legitimately,
Psycho-Man’s control is broken, and Sue puts him into a coma - the
situation has a lasting impact on Sue, who changes her name to
Invisible Woman, as the innocence within her died
Sue takes over the FF during Reed’s apparent death - he was
time-displaced, and Sue’s love for him never wavered despite
entreaties from Namor
The team encounters Valeria Von Doom, a being from an alternate
future who is the child of Sue & Dr. Doom - Franklin later
admits that after Sue’s stillbirth, he created an alternate world
where the child survived - Valeria is recreated as a baby in Sue’s
womb, and Dr. Doom assists in the childbirth - she is named Valeria
after Victor’s first true love #BecauseComics
During Secret Invasion, she is kidnapped and taken out by Lyja,
Johnny’s ex-wife, who then posed as Sue to infiltrate the Baxter
Building - Sue was rescued after the Invasion was turned back
Secret Wars - On a ship trying to escape the Incursion, Sue and
the entire FF minus Reed were killed when the ship was ripped apart
- when Reed gained the Beyonders’ ability after God Emperor Doom
was defeated, he resurrected everyone who was killed, including his
Issues - Theme is Being noticed
Jeanine - Being a strong woman in a male-dominated field &
Jeanine - Working with significant other & brother
Philosophy/Psychology behind invisibility
Plugs for Play Comics, Popcorn Psychology, and Howard
In-universe - Give someone else power of invisibility, so Sue
can see what it’s like to be on the other side
Out of universe -
Skit (feat. Lauren from Legends of SHIELD)
DOC: Hello Sue, I’m Dr. Issues.
SUE: Hello, doctor, thanks for taking the time to speak with
DOC: So, what can I do for you today?
SUE: Anything that you consider important would be a big help
DOC: That’s rather flattering, but I don’t typically take the
lead in a session unless it’s absolutely necessary.
SUE: That’s a change for me. I usually have to pick and choose
my spots depending on what’s going on by the hour.
DOC: Don’t we all. I don’t discriminate amongst topics, but the
most common are relationships, work, family…feel free to
SUE: I could write a book on all of those at this point. But,
for the sake of simplicity, let’s start with my husband.
DOC: Was that a sigh of how much you love him, or being
exasperated with him?
SUE: *half statement/half question* Both…? Reed is…well, I do
my homework, so I know you’ve met Reed…of a kind.
DOC: Yessss, yes. He was…eccentric
SUE: You’re being kind for no reason. He’s a narcissist. You
can say it.
DOC: But that Reed was trying to take over the
SUE: And mine is always trying to save it. Doesn’t change the
personality traits. *pause* And still, I know he loves me. He
doesn’t stray, he doesn’t look to complain, and he’s brilliant. Who
am I to argue?
DOC: Based on your description, you may be placing your
emotional responses secondary to the idealistic view of your bond.
SUE: It’s harder now because I handle things differently. I
used to acquiesce to his whims, but I don’t need to do that
anymore. I’m not subservient. I can hold my own. But…sometimes it
gets one-sided. I can find ways to make him the center of my world,
but he doesn’t do the same. That’s not fair.
DOC: Indeed. I won’t disagree with that. Do you have some way
to cope with something that’s gone on this long, or are you
actually looking to change along with him? Maybe a couples
SUE: *interrupting* NO. No…look, no offense, but I think any
couples session you would try with both of us would end up looking
at things from his view because that’s just how things work.
DOC: Fair enough.
SUE: If only he could…nevermind, that’s dangerous.
SUE: See…I’ve had a perspective about my love with him that’s
unbreakable at this point. I’m not saying it to boast, but we’ve
been tested repeatedly. I’m not going to waste my breath…ugh, why
am I waffling about this?
DOC: I dunno, if it’s about wanderlust
DOC: *pause* Huh. Well, then. This is a rare time that I must
acknowledge I have no personal knowledge of that person,
SUE: *interrupting* I’m sure at this point he’d be considered a
stalker in every sense of the word, and I don’t think restraining
orders are effective against a guy like that. But he won't DO
anything if I don’t allow it…have you ever heard of “what-if?” He
burns that into anyone’s soul he comes across.
DOC: So I should delete this unsolicited email that says
“URGENT MATTER RE: SAVING SUE FROM A MUNDANE LIFE PLEASE OPEN
IMMEDIATELY FOR THE GOOD OF THE WORLD” ?
SUE: That sounds on brand. Any opportunity to woo me, even if
it’s meant to be a confidential situation.
DOC: You seem unphased by that. I’m legitimately concerned for
the wellbeing of you and the ones you love!
SUE: Ugh, you too? Please. A word of advice from the one
considered the client: I’ve done this for a long time. You don’t
have to protect me. I’m sure it comes from a place of decency, but
I’d rather have a sense of respect.
DOC: Point taken. I concede that you must be an expert
negotiator and clearly not a hostage. I think there’s something
SUE: Plenty of practice. Love and loss, doctor. Love and
DOC: Loss and war? Ouch. What’s that about?
SUE: If you don’t mind, the loss part…let’s not go there right
DOC: OK, what about war?
SUE: I’ve hinted that I can deal with men fighting as the lone
woman in the room. Well, it’s easier when it’s over me. The
challenge is when everyone else is picking their own battles and
I’m expected to choose sides.
DOC: My bias is to pick my own side, but I know that doesn’t
work for everyone. Who are you referencing?
SUE: You know more than you think. You met Ben,
DOC: Nice guy. Really smart. Self deprecating
SUE: Ahhhh, so you were willing to cut to the heart of who he
is but not Reed? Anyway, he tends to get into it with my brother. A
DOC: I’m sure it’s just
SUE: HE CRUMPLED JOHNNY’S CAR INTO A BALL AFTER JOHNNY SHOT A
FIREBALL INTO HIS FACE.
DOC: That….yeah, that’s intense. And you all work together? If
SUE: *rapid-fire, as though she’s run through this list
numerous times* If you ask about splitting up, keeping distance,
having a mediator, finding methods to nullify powers, go into other
planes of existence, seek some sort of magical conduit to channel a
better life, or fight to the death (I’d WIN, by the way) then you
are barking up the wrong tree.
DOC: You came up with all of that much quicker than I would
have anticipated. I don’t know if that’s due to imaginative
emotional catharsis or…uh…I’ll just stick with that.
SUE: Thank you. The point is, it’s a challenge to deal
with. And don’t get me started on parenting. It seems like I’m the
only one that considers the details, but everyone else wants to
just look at the big picture.
DOC: They get the highlights, you get the unedited blooper
reel. Got it.
SUE: Spot on! So…what do I do about it? All of it?
DOC: Please take this with the kind nature that I’m
relaying…with all due respect…in the nicest way...all things
SUE: Spill it
DOC: I HAVE NO CLUE! You have just told me an incredibly
complex dynamic of lifetime egos looking to coexist while leaning
on you for servicing their physical and spiritual needs at the
highest level, and you’ve not only survived, but in some way
THRIVED despite all of this. I can be your vent man. I can look for
blind spots, or should I say invis
SUE: You’re on a roll, don’t ruin it
DOC: Sorry. The point is, I can offer an outside perspective
that coaches you towards self-actualization rather than a pill
pusher that is trying to find problems. Maybe you needed to hear
that. I don’t know.
SUE: *pause* You’re serious about that?
SUE: Just do me a favor then.
DOC: What’s that?
SUE: *sound of phone notification* Here’s a separate email
address to forward any of Namor’s…nonsense. Trust me. It’s better
to have a log so I don’t have to repeat myself. This stuff happens
in real time.
Recommended reading: Any FF run, or the Invisible Woman
miniseries by Mark Waid
Next episodes: Gambit, Mystique, Poison Ivy
Review read: Lizardprince222 - Found this show at the beginning
of the pandemic. It quickly became my Wednesday morning ritual. Not
only is this podcast entertaining and comics focused. It is also a
fun opportunity for introspective moments. Anthony & Doc Issues
put in so much time and dedication into this podcast and it
shows with every episode. 100/10 would recommend.
Saving the world doesn't necessarily mean you go home happy. How's the mental health of your favorite superhero? A comic aficionado and a board-certified psychiatrist look at the various neuroses of your favorite heroes and villains and provide options for treatment.