Fantastic Four #5: Flame On 6

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

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