Marvel Comics announced Friday that from now on Stockton will be identified as the home of the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch, The Thing and Mr. Fantastic.
For 25 years the Fantastic Four comic book placed the comic-book quartet in mythical Central City, Calif.
But Stockton's City Council recently passed a resolution signed by the mayor and city manager requesting Marvel Comics to substitute Stockton for Central City.
Giving Stockton that distinction meant changing a tentative plot line for the magazine's upcoming 25th anniversary edition, which called for Central City to be removed from the face of the earth.
"We've coped with the destruction of universes. We can handle this," said Stan Lee, the Los Angeles-based co-creator and publisher of the comic book.