Strange Tales #104: Flamin’ ‘Eck 11

Strange Tales #104, page 4, panel 6

Strange Tales #104, page 4, panel 6

Plot: Stan Lee

Script: Larry Lieber

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

Today, we prove that Stan and Jack are better than Montgomery Scott as the laws o’ physics are changed before your very eyes!

Remember yesterday how I said that Johnny’s flame duplicate was more than a mere distraction? Today we find out how.

Compelled by some unknown force, the duplicate gives chase to Paste-Pot Pete, following him wherever he goes. Burning without fuel, tracking without any form of sentience to guide him, this duplicate really can do it all. Oh, and he also leaves a heat trail behind him that Johnny is able to follow.

I guess it’s lucky that it wasn’t very windy that day, allowing the heated air molecules to hang more or less in the space they occupied as the flame duplicate passed them, allowing for Johnny’s leisurely pursuit of his double. Because, as we all know from watching cop shows on TV where they use infra red cameras to track heat signatures, everything that generates heat leaves large heat trails behind them as they move.

On the podcast, we’re over twenty issues ahead of the blog, and I am so very glad to say that this category, Flamin’ ‘Eck gets rarer and rarer as the books progress into the mid-1960s.

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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