Archive for September, 2012

Fantastic Four #2: Fear Of The Thing 2.1

Posted in Fear Of The Thing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2012 by quizlacey

Fantastic Four #2, page 6, panel 3

Uncredited Writer: Stan Lee

Uncredited Penciler: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inker: George Klein

Uncredited Colours: Stan Goldberg

Uncredited Letterer: John Duffy

Just a quick postscript to yesterday’s post, with this great reaction from the rest of the team. It’s not often we have three of the team members conspiring against the fourth, but we absolutely get it here. The two-tone colouring and sotto voce whispering add to an air of conspiracy which, thankfully, wouldn’t become a staple of the series.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #2 in our second episode: Secret Invasion Tie-In

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Fantastic Four #2: Fear Of The Thing 2

Posted in Fear Of The Thing with tags , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2012 by quizlacey

Fantastic Four #2, page 5, panel 4

Uncredited Writer: Stan Lee

Uncredited Penciler: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inker: George Klein

Uncredited Colours: Stan Goldberg

Uncredited Letterer: John Duffy

Our first excerpt from Fantastic Four #2 sees Ben not really helping himself in the ‘Not-A-Rampaging-Monster’ stakes. He has been riled by a series of imposters – actually shape-changing Skrulls with artificially-induced powers – who have been causing chaos around the country and besmirching the name of the team.

Whilst this is going on, the Four have taken a holiday in a remote cabin where no-one can find them. Unless the army need to… There’s a very uncomfortable panel featuring Johnny polishing the barrel of a shotgun. But we’re not here to look at teenagers with firearms. We’re here to look at an angry Ben hurling a mounted bear head through the side of a cabin to prove that he is not a mindless rampaging creature…

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #2 in our second episode: Secret Invasion Tie-In

Fantastic Four #1: ATOMIC POWER 1

Posted in ATOMIC POWER! with tags , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2012 by quizlacey

Fantastic Four #1, page 7, panel 8

Fantastic Four #1, page 8, panel 1

Fantastic Four #1, page 8, panel 2

 

Writer: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Uncredited inking by George Klein and Christopher Rule

Uncredited colouring by Stan Goldberg

Uncredited lettering by Art Simek

Stan Lee has a very casual relationship with the possibilities and dangers of nuclear power. For him, nuclear power represents unlimited possibilities, the future within our grasp. Dangers such as radiation and meltdown have mostly been overcome in his mind, and the addition of atomic power to any device, no matter how impractical, instantly makes it stronger, faster and better.

So, of course, it’s great fun to sit here, decades after Chernobyl and Three Mile Island, and take a look at a more innocent time.

Here, we see that the US Air Force are quite happy to launch nuclear missiles at Manhatten island. Not because there’s an alien invasion spearheaded by an Asgardian god that is determined to subjugate the Earth to the rule of Thanos, the mad Titan. Oh no. Here, it’s because there’s a bloke flying around on fire.

Can we say “massive over-reaction”?

Instead, Reed hurls the missile out to sea where it explodes ‘harmlessly’. Because all nuclear explosions are harmless and completely lack any form of fallout. Just ask the producers of 24

Fantastic Four #1: Fear Of The Thing 1

Posted in Fear Of The Thing with tags , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2012 by quizlacey

Fantastic Four #1, page 5, panel 2

Writer: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Uncredited inking by George Klein and Christopher Rule

Uncredited colouring by Stan Goldberg

Uncredited lettering by Art Simek

For a blog named after The Human Torch, we sure are taking our time to get onto him… other than the cover of this issue, we have yet to see him in the narrative so far!

Finally, Ben’s rampage is over, and we move onto another trope of the early comics: Ben’s monstrous form and the ways in which people react in terror to him. Not for nothing have we named this “Fear Of The Thing”. Here, Kirby renders Ben in shadow, obscuring his eyes and humanity. Ben’s temperament, coupled with his appearance, justifies the terror shown by the two men in the panel.

At this stage in the book, the claim that Ben is a Martian could have been taken seriously by the reader. The origin of the team has yet to be shown, and we’ve had no evidence to disprove this claim.

Eagle-eared listeners will notice that this instance of “Fear Of The Thing” hasn’t been counted by us on the show. When we recorded episode one way back in November 2011, we hadn’t yet decided on this category, so I now get to go back and retroactively add it in. Retcons!

Find our coverage of Fantastic Four #1 on our very first episode: Introductions, Origins and Fantastic Four #1

Fantastic Four #1: Property Damage 4

Posted in Property Damage with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2012 by quizlacey

Fantastic Four #1, page 5, panel 1

Writer: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Uncredited inking by George Klein and Christopher Rule

Uncredited colouring by Stan Goldberg

Uncredited lettering by Art Simek

The rampage is still on, as in the very next panel, without even fully climbing out of the hole, Ben smashes up a sturdy – and therefore expensive – automobile. We get a small glimpse into the early character of Ben Grimm, as instead of apologising for the damage, he yells at the driver for not seeing him in time. Yes, Ben, because we all drive down the road hesitantly in case a super-strong superhuman should suddenly burst out from the street…

Find our coverage of Fantastic Four #1 on our very first episode: Introductions, Origins and Fantastic Four #1

Fantastic Four #1: Property Damage 3

Posted in Property Damage with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2012 by quizlacey

Fantastic Four #1, page 4, panel 7

Writer: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Uncredited inking by George Klein and Christopher Rule

Uncredited colouring by Stan Goldberg

Uncredited lettering by Art Simek

Ben’s rampage isn’t yet over, as following a brief stroll through the sewers, he decides that the urgency of the flare overrides any concerns regarding public safety.

Find our coverage of Fantastic Four #1 on our very first episode: Introductions, Origins and Fantastic Four #1

Fantastic Four #1: Property Damage 2

Posted in Property Damage with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2012 by quizlacey

Fantastic Four #1, page 4, panel 4

Writer: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Uncredited inking by George Klein and Christopher Rule

Uncredited colouring by Stan Goldberg

Uncredited lettering by Art Simek

Just a few panels later, Ben Grimm shows himself to be on a reluctant rampage. His appearance is still new and shocking to the people of New York. A cop called Pete, his shouted warning unheeded by Ben, fire off a warning shot. To escape, Ben rips a manhole out of the ground so that he can have an easy escape route. In an early example of over-writing, the very next panel has a speech bubble explaining the actions from this panel.

Find our coverage of Fantastic Four #1 on our very first episode: Introductions, Origins and Fantastic Four #1

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