Archive for October, 2012

Fantastic Four #5: Flame On 6

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , , on October 31, 2012 by quizlacey

Fantastic Four #5, page 14, panel 2

Writer: Stan Lee

Artist: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inks: Joe Sinnott

Uncredited Letters: Art Simek

This rousing battle-cry comes as the three time-lost members of the team mount an attack on a treasure-laden pirate ship, hoping that it will contain Blackbeard’s treasure.

I like the posing of this panel. The camera angle is unusual, and Johnny flying from right to left, shooting across the panel, gives the feel that the panel just happened to capture Johnny’s moment of attack rather than being specifically posed to do so.

There’s another nice touch in that two of the panel borders are absent. One is implied with the top of the speech balloon, but the left-hand one is completely missing. An early experiment by Kirby to break with the rigid panel structure he had adhered to in these early issues? Maybe.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #4 in our third episode: Super Villain Cavalcade

Fantastic Four #5: Flame On 5

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2012 by quizlacey

Fantastic Four #5, page 13, panel 2

Writer: Stan Lee

Artist: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inks: Joe Sinnott

Uncredited Letters: Art Simek

Today’s Flame On is set in piratical times, as the three male members of the team have stepped through Doctor Doom’s time platform to claim Blackbeard’s treasure (which, let’s face it, is a pretty inauspicious start for one of the Marvel universe’s heaviest hitters). Having been forcibly recruited to the crew of a pirate ship, the team cut loose to fight for their freedom. Here, Johnny activates his flame powers to melt a pirate’s sword, much to his surprise.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #4 in our third episode: Super Villain Cavalcade

 

Fantastic Four #5: Reed’s Stretchy Body 6

Posted in Reed's Stretch Body with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2012 by quizlacey

Fantastic Four #5, page 3, panel 2

Writer: Stan Lee

Artist: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inks: Joe Sinnott

Uncredited Letters: Art Simek

Today’s panel sees Reed restraining Ben by wrapping his versatile body around Ben’s limbs, restraining him. This is a common action for Reed, but what I really like about this panel is the posing of his upper body and stoic, unflappable expression on his face. It lends a gentle humour to the image.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #4 in our third episode: Super Villain Cavalcade

 

Fantastic Four #5: It’s A Marvel Comic 3

Posted in It's a Marvel Comic with tags , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2012 by quizlacey

Fantastic Four #5, page 2, panel 4

Writer: Stan Lee

Artist: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inks: Joe Sinnott

Uncredited Letters: Art Simek

What’s that Johnny’s reading? Why, it’s a copy of Marvel’s latest smash-hit magazine, The Incredible Hulk! Why lose a page of story to a house advertisement when you can simply advertise the book in the story itself?

Sadly, this near-mint copy of The Incredible Hulk #1 would never go on to attain a five-figure value, as Johnny sets fire to it just three panels later, to spite Ben.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #4 in our third episode: Super Villain Cavalcade

Fantastic Four #4: Flame On 4

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2012 by quizlacey

Fantastic Four #4, page 23, panel 1

Writer: Stan Lee

Artist: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inker: Sol Brodsky

Uncredited Letterer: Art Simek

Wow, they’re really milking this new catchphrase! Four times in its very first issue!

Here, Johnny yells it as he prepares to create a tornado of unimaginable power that lifts both Namor and Giganto into the ocean, but doesn’t affect anything else lying around (automobiles, rubble, nuclear fallout, etc.)

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #4 in our third episode: Super-Villain Cavalcade

Fantastic Four #3: ATOMIC POWER! 3

Posted in ATOMIC POWER! with tags , , , , , , , on October 26, 2012 by quizlacey

Fantastic Four #4, page 18, panel 4

Writer: Stan Lee

Artist: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inker: Sol Brodsky

Uncredited Letterer: Art Simek

There’s so much that I love about this panel. Let’s start with the caption, which tells us that Ben has been rushing from military base to military base, looking for a nuclear bomb. Because those get stored in suburban military bases…

Then there’s the plan, which is to strap it to his back and walk into the throat of the Sub-Mariner’s giant sea-monster, Giganto.

But best of all is this three-panel sequence featuring the long, lonely march of Ben Grimm. Barely visible against the destruction of of New York and the grotesque monstrosity that is Giganto. It’s an absolute favourite of mine.

Fantastic Four #4, page 18, panels 5-7

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #4 in our third episode: Super-Villain Cavalcade

Fantastic Four #4: Flame On 3

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2012 by quizlacey

Fantastic Four #4, page 12, panel 4

Writer: Stan Lee

Artist: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inker: Sol Brodsky

Uncredited Letterer: Art Simek

So, this is the first time that Johnny has full ignition following his traditional battle cry. I’m pretty sure that he has come to regret this specific instance, as mere seconds later he dropped the amnesiac Namor into the ocean, restoring his memory and setting him on a vendetta against humanity.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #4 in our third episode: Super-Villain Cavalcade

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