Fantastic Four Annual #1 Flame On 44

Fantastic Four Annual #1, page 28, panel 1

Fantastic Four Annual #1, page 28, panel 1

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

Another superb Flame On today as Johnny gives chase to Namor to rescue his sister. This panel encapsulates so much that is great about Kirby and Ayers working together – it’s a small panel (one of eight on this page) and yet it’s bursting with detail, from the insinuation of Johnny’s physique beneath his flame to the richly rendered building in the background.

At the same time, it shows the frustrations of these small panels – Kirby designs this panel to be a feature moment, yet it feels lost on the page, tucked away in the top corner to allow space to be given to the soapy Namor/Dorma/Sue love triangle. If this annual had come two years later, this moment would have been given more space to breathe, and would have had been more impactful.

Don’t forget to let us know your feel-good Fantastic Four reading experiences!

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four Annual #1 on our sixteenth episode: The Best Of Annuals, The Worst Of Annuals.

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