Fantastic Four #16: Flame On 39

Fantastic Four #16, page 21, panel 2

Fantastic Four #16, page 21, panel 2

Script: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

This landmark 201st post features a lovely image of the three currently-visible members of the team running towards the camera, with a catchphrase used to unite the team. You could easily replace Reed, Ben and Johnny with Thor, Cap and Iron Man, Flame On substituted for Avengers Assemble. It’s a wonderfully iconic shot, one that would surely have been given greater prominence a few years down the road, where the pacing of the stories over multiple issues allowed Kirby to let moments like this shine in the form of a half-page panel.

The three members of the Four are charging to beat up Doctor Doom, although the fact that it’s page 21 of a 22 page comic suggests that either the fight will be brief, or Doom will make an improbably easy escape. As it’s the first part of the title’s first two-part story, my money’s on the latter.

And as for Sue… she’s busy freeing Ant-Man.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #16 on our fourteenth episode: The Return of Doctor Doom

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