Fantastic Four #23: Flame On 56

Fantastic Four #23, page 6, panel 4

Fantastic Four #23, page 6, panel 4

Written by: Stan Lee

Illustrated by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: George Roussos

Lettered by: S. Rosen

Following the raptor shenanigans, the team decide to hold elections for a new leader. Well, Ben, Johnny and Sue decide to, because Reed is far too busy with science to get involved. Because these are hot-headed superheroes, and not electoral officials, the rules of the election do not preclude voting for yourself, resulting in a three-way tie that put Florida in 2000 to shame.

Things descend from there into a typical Ben and Johnny fight, with this rather lovely panel of Johnny deciding to escalate the conflict. One of the best things about George Roussos’ brief tenure as inker was the expressions he brought to the faces of the team, more exaggerated and cartoony than, say, Sinnot, but capturing an energy that really helped the pacing of these scenes.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #23 on our twenty-third episode: (Asbestos) Grease Is The Word

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