Fantastic Four #3: ATOMIC POWER! 2

Fantastic Four #3, page 10, panel 3

Writer: Stan Lee

Artist: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inker: Sol Brodsky

Uncredited Letterer: Art Simek

You can’t see this, but just off-panel is a giant monstrous movie mascot, animated by the Miracle Man, lifting the Army’s atomic tank into the air, with hypnosis. No, really. This is the big plot-hole in the whole issue. The Miracle Man doesn’t go to military base, so the soldiers are not under his control. So, what are they seeing?

Moving on from plot illogicality, I wondered on the show why the addition of a nuclear reactor to a vehicle designed to take heavy fire on the battlefield would benefit the tank in any way? Surely gasoline provides enough power for the tank. Surely Stan doesn’t think that the addition of the word ‘atomic’ makes anything sound more powerful and cool. Oh, wait…

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

 

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