Fantastic Four #23: Flamin’ ‘Eck 36

Fantastic Four #23, page 6, panel 6

Fantastic Four #23, page 6, panel 6

Written by: Stan Lee

Illustrated by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: George Roussos

Lettered by: S. Rosen

The fight between Johnny and Ben over who would make a better leader of the Fantastic Four continues, with Johnny pulling this particularly unusual move. He generates a gigantic cold-flame fly swatter.

Now, I could go on about the physical properties of flame, that attempting to move fire itself that quickly through the air is most likely going to dissipate the flames, but what’s more interesting is the description Stan gives the fly swatter: Cold flame. Did he feel that having Johnny directly attacking Ben with super-hot fire was a step too far, and inserted a quick description to keep things on the ‘friendly tussle’ side?

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


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