Spirit of '86
The year 1986 would mark the 25th anniversary of Marvel Comics. So, in October of ’85, Field—who was working promotions for KJOY-AM Radio—got the idea to petition Marvel to name Stockton the home of the Fantastic Four, giving them a headquarters right here in the Central Valley.
Through the radio, Field’s petition got local media attention, which led to the Stockton City Council joining in and proclaiming Stockton as the home of the Fantastic Four. Then, the news went national when the Los Angeles Times wrote a story about the petition and contacted Marvel Comics Publisher & comic book forefather himself, Stan Lee—and Lee was fully onboard.
With Lee’s backing, there was no way the Marvel crew in New York could say no. On February 26, 1986, Stan “The Man” Lee came to Stockton, stood on the steps of City Hall for a special ceremony, and made it official. The Fantastic Four comic issue #296 would be the first issue to reference Stockton as the foursome’s home.