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Why It Took So Long for Invisible Girl to Become Invisible Woman

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Why It Took So Long for Invisible Girl to Become Invisible Woman

In Remember to Forget, we spotlight comic book stories that I wish I could forget, but I can’t, so I instead share them with you all!

Today, we look at an actual defense for NOT changing the Invisible Girl’s name to the Invisible Woman back in 1976!

Even when Sue Storm adopted the name “Invisible Girl” in 1961, it was a bit out of place, as she was dating the scientist, Reed Richards, who has the head of the team and she was taking care of her younger, teenage brother, so even back then, “girl” was an odd choice, especially compared to the other superheroes who used that name around this time (like the teenagers Saturn Girl, Supergirl and Marvel Girl). The best comparison would be the Doom Patrol’s Elastic Girl, who was also clearly an adult woman when she took her name.

But whatever, okay, so she took the name Invisible Girl.

But then over the years, she got married in 1965…

She had a kid in 1968…

The name was getting odder and odder to really fit the life of Sue Storm (now Sue Richards).

The best way to approach it, if you were going to keep it the same, was probably to just ignore it and just keep on keeping on, Washington Redskins style. Instead, in 1976’s Fantastic Four #169 (by Roy Thomas, Rich Buckler and Joe Sinnott), they tried to have Sue explain why she hasn’t changed it and it really doesn’t work…

Woman is literally ONE letter longer than Girl!

Also, people very quickly DID get used to the term “Chairperson.”

Finally, at the end of 1985, almost a DECADE after Fantastic Four #169, John Byrne had Sue get tormented by the Psycho-Man. She “took care” of him and then decided it was finally time to stop being Invisible Girl in Fantastic Four #284…

At least she got it done before the Fantastic Four’s 25th anniversary!

If anyone else has a suggestion for a story that you wish you could forget, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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