Fantastic Four #22: Flame On 53/Reed’s Stretchy Body 55

Fantastic Four #22, page 9, panel 3

Fantastic Four #22, page 9, panel 3

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: George Roussos

Lettered by: Sam Rosen

It’s another two-fer today! Having been hounded out of town by interfering busybodies (ranging from the police wishing to check zoning permits to canasta clubs sticking their noses into other people’s business), the team decide to buy a random rocky island in the Atlantic  and go for a holiday. Because nothing says relaxation like sitting on rocks miles away from civilisation for a week…

Johnny gets to cry his catchphrase as both he and Reed attempt to find a landing spot on the island for their U-car. Note how Johnny’s speech bubble is coloured yellow. This is not really an attempt to add more impact to his catchphrase. A short-lived fad in Marvel comics at this time was to randomly colour speech balloons. And I mean ‘random’ – there was no rhyme or reason to them. It was rather distracting, which is why they stopped pretty quickly…

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #22 on our twenty-second episode: Going Underground.

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