Strange Tales #119: Flame On 62

Strange Tales #119, page 9, panel 5

Strange Tales #119, page 9, panel 5

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Dick Ayers

Lettered by: S. Rosen

It’s a late first-panel from this issue of Strange Tales, and upon reading the issue looking for panels to take, I’m rather surprised to see that I found any. Strange Tales #119 is the only appearance of The Rabble Rouser, a Communist agent armed with some kind of mesmerising wand and a truly terrible moustache, whose only mission appears to be to discredit a teenage boy within the confines of his home town. As if this wasn’t bad enough, he also makes use of Adolf Hitler’s reverse-thrust subterranean rocket, from Fantastic Four #21. Taken in by this frankly ridiculous plan, the Mayor bans Johnny from igniting within the town limits.

So, for ten pages, we have Johnny struggling to contain his urges, in a fairly unfortunate metaphor for being a teenage boy. And then he decides that he just doesn’t care, and lets it all go in the middle of the town.

Yes. An unfortunate metaphor indeed. I’m sure it won’t get worse tomorrow…

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #119 on our twenty-sixth episode: Ha! Not So Different After All! with special guest-host Michael Bailey

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