A fantastic oversight

Thanks to Marvel Comics for the following insight into what might have been: “Reed Richards, the only son of wealthy physicist Nathaniel Richards and his wife Evelyn, was a child prodigy with special aptitude in mathematics, physics, and mechanics. Evelyn Richards died when Reed was seven. Nathaniel encouraged and guided young Reed in his studies and Reed was taking college-level courses by the time he was 14.”

As any fan of the superhero genre will be aware, the talented Reed Richards went on to become none other than “Mister Fantastic”, the leader of the Fantastic Four.

All of which left one of Tulkinghorn’s regular readers wondering: “Why, oh why didn’t they call themselves Reed Richards? A bit of the Fantastic Four’s cachet might do those PEP figures no end of good.”

Richards Butler and Reed Smith: it’s not too late to change your minds.