Fantastic Four #3: Fear Of The Thing 4

Fantastic Four #3, page 4, panel 3

Writer: Stan Lee

Artist: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inker: Sol Brodsky

Uncredited Letterer: Art Simek

We’re back to what is clearly the most predominant recurring feature of the early issues, Ben Grimm’s anger issues. Here, he is called on stage by the Miracle Man and humiliated (through hypnotism) when the Miracle Man slices a massive log in two with his finger (through hypnotism). He then takes a full-force Thing punch to the chin without even blinking (through hypnotism). This is the final straw, and Ben loses his rag and has to be restrained from pounding the Miracle Man into the ground, which he probably wouldn’t be able to do (through hypnotism).

What’s that you say? You’ve never heard of the Miracle Man? Not surprising, as he didn’t make another appearance for 11 years, then made only a couple more appearances before The Scourge of the Underworld shot him to death (with hypnotism a bullet).

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #3 in our second episode: Secret Invasion Tie-In

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