Fantastic Four #14: Flame On 31

Fantastic Four #14, page 15, panel 1

Fantastic Four #14, page 15, panel 1

Script: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

Now, this is a more interesting Flame On.

Captured by Namor (who, I should point out, is being manipulated  by The Puppet Master), the male members of the team are confronted with the Sub-Mariner’s death trap for Sue – she’s encased in an air bubble in a tank, being menaced by a large octopus. To free her, the team will have to fight Namor.

As it’s his sister in peril, Johnny is the first one up. The image we have is an interesting one that I like to describe as being a couple of frames early. His body is on fire, but the flames haven’t reached their full density and the unstable molecules in his suit haven’t finished reacting to the combustion around him, meaning that his costume is partially visible beneath the fire.

The panel also shows us that his flame starts low and moves up – his head has yet to ignite, allowing Kirby and Ayers to communicate his anger, rage and feeling for his sister.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #14 on our twelfth episode: HYPNOFISH!!!

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