Fantastic Four #2: It’s… ASBESTOS!!! 1

Fantastic Four #1, page 8, panel 6

Uncredited Writer: Stan Lee

Uncredited Penciler: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inker: George Klein

Uncredited Colours: Stan Goldberg

Uncredited Letterer: John Duffy

One of my absolute favourite misconceptions of the Silver Age of Marvel Comics is the way that asbestos is thrown around as a catch-all substance to retard flames. Yes, asbestos has fire retardant properties – it’s how it was used so extensively before the health risks became apparent – but on almost any occasion that you see asbestos used in the comics you should remember that it is a fibrous substance that is responsible for a pretty nasty and fatal lung condition.

So, when the army throw Johnny into an asbestos-lined cell to contain him, you should be able to visualise all those tiny little fibres heading down Johnny’s throat and latching onto his lungs.

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

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3 Responses to “Fantastic Four #2: It’s… ASBESTOS!!! 1”

  1. […] chemicals, and now he locks him in an asbestos-lined prison cell. Now, the US Army tried this (way back in Fantastic Four #2) and it didn’t work too well for them, so it’s surprising that the Torch is contained […]

  2. […] down to an asbestos-lined dungeon. One hopes that The Wizard has learned from the US Army, who spectacularly failed to make an asbestos-lined cell fireproof way back in Fantastic Four […]

  3. […] on Stan and Jack’s misguided understanding of the physical properties of the substance, from cells and dungeons, to buzzsaws and spray. And don’t get me started on Johnny’s […]

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