Strange Tales #101: Flame On 11


Strange Tales #101, page 7, panel 5

Uncredited Writers: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber

Uncredited Artist: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inker: Dick Ayers

Uncredited Letterer: Art Simek

Today’s instance of Johnny’s catchphrase  sees a printing error add extra flare.

Take a look at the body of the Human Torch, and the speech bubble containing the ‘Flame On’. The orange colour is misaligned by a few millimetres, a fairly common error in comics from this time. Sometimes, it can be extremely disconcerting to read when the colour is so off, but here the error enhances the speech bubble.

The standard presentation of Johnny’s catchphrase at this time was to have large bubble letters, filled in with red or orange. The displacement of the colour lends an added burning effect to the phrase, which is rather nice.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #101 in our fifth episode: The Strangest Tales Of All


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