Fantastic Four #4: The Humanity Of Benjamin J. Grimm 2

Fantastic Four #4, page 7, panels 2-4

Writer: Stan Lee

Artist: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inker: Sol Brodsky

Uncredited Letterer: Art Simek

One of the greatest sources of drama in the Fantastic Four centres around Ben’s humanity. Every now and again his humanity is returned to him, but before long, events conspire to persuade Ben to sacrifice his human form to save other people. Resigned to his fate, the reader can’t help but sympathise with Ben.

This is not one of those times.

Ben flips to human form for no reason at all other than he was about to put his fist right through Johnny’s head and Stan wanted to remind readers that Ben is looking for his humanity. Johnny flies away and only three panels later, Ben reverts to his Thing form.

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

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