Strange Tales #104: Flamin’ ‘Eck 10

Strange Tales #104, page 3, panel 3-4

Strange Tales #104, page 3, panel 3-4

Plot: Stan Lee

Script: Larry Lieber

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

More flaming craziness, as we get the return of flame duplicates.As luck would have it, Johnny’s in the bank when Paste-Pot Pete makes his first appearance as a villain. Of course, thanks to his secret identity, he can’t just flame on and apprehend the crook. So, instead, he uses his finger to create a thin stream of flame that he sends forth into a flame duplicate, which hounds Paste-Pot Pete.

It’s no more nuts than any use of flame duplicates beyond a not-very-convincing mirage effect, although you really do have to wonder how the duplicate manages to follow Pete as well as it does. Unless Pete did nothing but run in a straight line. Which, considering his intelligence levels in these early stories, isn’t completely inconceivable.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #104 on our eighth episode: Don! Don! Don! Don-Don-Don! Don-Don-Don!

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