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Fantastic Four #13: It’s… ASBESTOS!!! 9

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , on July 31, 2013 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #13, page 16, panel 6

Fantastic Four #13, page 16, panel 6

Story: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Steve Ditko

Lettering: Art Simek

Today’s panel represents  a first for this blog, and certainly a first for comics.

What seems like a perfectly harmless (well, mostly harmless) sheet of asbestos is actually a patriotic Communist shape-changing ape who is in an ancient abandoned alien city on the moon. I’ll bet you never guessed it was going to be that!

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #13 in our eleventh episode: Red? Yes! Communist? Yes! Russian? No!

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Fantastic Four #13: Reed’s Stretchy Body 21

Posted in Reed's Stretch Body with tags , , , , , , , on July 30, 2013 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #13, page 3, panel 6-8

Fantastic Four #13, page 3, panels 6-8

Story: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Steve Ditko

Lettering: Art Simek

Casually forgetting that he has already invented a rocket ship pilotable by one man that can easily break orbit, Reed is concerned about winning the space race and beating the Communists to the moon. However, he’s seeing it as a solo mission, again forgetting that his best friend is a crack US air force pilot with spaceflight experience.

So, it’s no wonder that Ben is not happy at being left out of the plans, making his point rather physically by grabbing Reed and stuffing him into a nearby oversized test tube. I love this visual, with Reed seemingly shrinking to ensure that he fits in the tube.

I mentioned yesterday that Steve Ditko’s inks would create some great visuals in this book. In these three panels, we see his influence on The Thing, giving more definition to him than we’d seen with Dick Ayers, whilst still retaining the concept of Ben’s skin being hide-like. I love how he gives expression and feeling to Ben’s face whilst never letting us see his eyes through great use of shadow.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #13 in our eleventh episode: Red? Yes! Communist? Yes! Russian? No!

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Fantastic Four #13: It’s… ASBESTOS!!! 8

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , , on July 29, 2013 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #13, page 2, panel 1

Fantastic Four #13, page 2, panel 1

Story: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Steve Ditko

Lettering: Art Simek

We’ve made fun of unusual uses of  asbestos before, focusing on Stan and Jack’s misguided understanding of the physical properties of the substance, from cells and dungeons, to buzzsaws and spray. And don’t get me started on Johnny’s room…

But as we all know, asbestos is a nasty and toxic substance, whose fibres cause a very nasty lung condition that leads to death. Which is why it’s darkly funny that Reed would mix asbestos and unstable molecules to create a protective stretch-suit for himself.

It’s not very apparent from this panel, but the inker for this issue is Steve Ditko, regarded by Stan Lee as his favourite inker for Jack Kirby. We’ll see some notable differences in the artwork this issue as the two styles mesh to create a unique and different look for the book, one that sadly would not be reproduced in Strange Tales Annual #2.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #13 in our eleventh episode: Red? Yes! Communist? Yes! Russian? No!

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Strange Tales #106: It’s… ASBESTOS!!! 7

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , on July 28, 2013 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #106, page 8, panel 5

Strange Tales #106, page 8, panel 5

Plot: Stan Lee

Script: Larry Lieber

Art: Dick Ayers

Lettering: John Duffy

Between the break in posting and the huge amount of content from Fantastic Four #12, it’s been quite a while since we saw an appearance from my favourite trope: Inexplicable usage of asbestos. Thankfully, today’s panel is an absolute classic.

Taking a leaf (and a visual) from Paste Pot Pete’s book, ZANTE extinguishes Johnny’s flame with a jet of liquid asbestos. Ignoring the fact that asbestos is a fibrous substance and liquidising it would be exceedingly difficult, if not impossible.

Ah, my favourite villain and my favourite trope. Life is good!

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #106 in our tenth episode: Hulk? Smash!

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2013 by quizlacey

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Hello and welcome to the 45th episode of the show. This time around, Steve and Andy are once again joined by Christine Hanefalk of The Other Murdock Papers to examine the guest appearances of Daredevil in the Fantastic Four. Well, half a guest-appearance at least. In Fantastic Four #40, the team, along with the Man Without Fear, take part in the Battle of the Baxter Building against none other than Doctor Doom. Then in Strange Tales #134, everybody’s favourite non-interferer turns up to interfere. That’s right, The Watcher is back.

This is our final episode covering Strange Tales as a core Fantastic Four title, and instead of leaving on what you might assume to be a down note (come on, there is a small chance that the story might be pretty good), we decided to produce a list each of five things that weren’t terrible about Strange Tales.

Check out The Other Murdock Papers here, and follow @Chris_TOMP on twitter here.

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Strange Tales #106: Flame On 25

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2013 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #106, page  5, panel 7

Strange Tales #106, page 5, panel 7

Plot: Stan Lee

Script: Larry Lieber

Art: Dick Ayers

Lettering: John Duffy

Take a look at the page and panel reference for today’s image. Now go and see yesterday’s. Now back to today’s again. That’s right, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, and I’ve not made a mistake. Two FLAME ONs in three panels. Johnny sure has an ignition problem, and I’m sure it’s nothing to do with Stan having to cover artistic inconsistencies that saw Johnny alternate between fiery and flame-free form from panel-to-panel.

Other details to notice include Reed’s rarely-seen pipe, which would occasionally pop up in the early 1960s and in stories set during the early days of the Fantastic Four. Also take a look at Ben – his form has rarely been more ‘lumpy-oatmeal’. As Kirby’s main inker in the first couple of years on the book, Ayers played a large role in shaping the look of the Fantastic Four. It wasn’t really until after he had moved on that the Thing’s hide would move away from the organic, hide-like look to the more traditional ‘rocky-platelets’ look.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #106 in our tenth episode: Hulk? Smash!

 

Strange Tales #106: Flame On 24

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2013 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #106, page 5, panel 5

Strange Tales #106, page 5, panel 5

Plot: Stan Lee

Script: Larry Lieber

Art: Dick Ayers

Lettering: John Duffy

It’s back to Strange Tales, and a particular favourite of ours. Not only is issue #106 the episode where Johnny’s pretence at having a secret identity completely falls down, but it also introduces my favourite villain of the entire run – The Acrobat, aka… ZANTE!

ZANTE makes his way into the book by convincing Johnny that he would be better off in a team with him, rather than with his family. Johnny pop round to tell Reed and Ben the news, and predictably, gets into some sort of fight. Still, it makes for a nice ignition panel from Dick Ayers – his first of many.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #106 in our tenth episode: Hulk? Smash!

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