Strange Tales #105: Flamin’ ‘Eck 16

Strange Tales #105, page 12, panels 3-4

Strange Tales #105, page 12, panels 3-4

Plot: Stan Lee

Script: Larry Lieber

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

There comes a point when you look at panel after panel of inconsistent, scientifically implausible and, occasionally, downright lazy uses of Johnny’s powers when you really struggle to come up with new and interesting ways to look at them. I could point out how ridiculous it is that Johnny can create a flaming saw that cuts – not burns – through the ceiling, causing the plaster to fall onto The Wizard’s head. But you’re not an unintelligent reader, far from it. Why point out the obvious?

I could talk about the overly slapstick nature of the action here, Stan and/or Jack had watched one too many Roadrunner/Wile E. Coyote cartoons. I could talk about it being a weak and unsatisfactory conclusion to a story which did not do a good job of persuading the reader that The Wizard makes for a strong recurring villain. But I think I’ll just point out that it’s a bit crap, and move on to the next issue tomorrow.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #105 on our ninth episode: Episode 9 – Patriotic Pedestrians Proceeding from Planet Poppup Prefer Poorly Produced Podcasts!

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One Response to “Strange Tales #105: Flamin’ ‘Eck 16”

  1. I really enjoyed the artwork on this issue. Everything looks really great with the exception of the Torch. Kirby and Ayers combine for some awesome drawings of the Wizard where he’s so grotesque it’s almost beautiful. The drawing of the Thing eating pie on page 5 kills me, he looks like Darkseid!

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