In Their Own Words: Who Created The Fantastic Four? Stan & Jack Speak!
JACK KIRBY: I came in with presentations. I'm not gonna wait around for conferences. I said, 'This is what you have to do.' I came in with The Fantastic Four. I didn't fool around. I said you've got to do super-heroes.
I had to fight for the superheroes. In other words, I was at the stage now where I had to fight for those things and I did. I had to regenerate the entire line.
I had to do something different. The monster stories have their limitations - you can just do so many of them. And then it becomes a monster book month after month, so there had to be a switch because the times weren’t exactly conducive to good sales. So I felt the idea was to come up with new stuff all the time - in other words there had to be a blitz. And I came up with this blitz. I came up with The Fantastic Four, I came up with Thor (I knew the Thor legends very well), and the Hulk, the X-Men, and The Avengers. I revived what I could and came up with what I could. I tried to blitz the stands with new stuff. The new stuff seemed to gain momentum.
The Fantastic Four – Heroes Villains
Dr. Doom was the Man in the Iron Mask, which I felt was a classic character. I feel that there are certain characters that will never die. We'll tell them in different versions for the rest of the centuries. Dracula will never die. Frankenstein. They live inside us, and Dr Doom will live inside us.