Strange Tales #121: It’s Clobberin’ Time 1

Strange Tales #121, page 14, panel 1

Strange Tales #121, page 14, panel 1

Written in the sensational style of Stan Lee

Drawn in the marvellous manner of Dick Ayers

Lettered by: Art Simek

A historic moment in the history of the Fantastic Four. So historic that we completely forgot to mention it on the podcast. Well, to be fair, when looking for the first time The Thing utters his iconic catchphrase, ‘It’s Clobberin’ Time’, you’d hardly expect to have to be looking at an issue of Strange Tales featuring the Plant Man.

It’s an inauspicious start for the catchphrase. Ayers’ small panel and scratchy definition on the Thing makes it look like he’s daintily stepping around the plants, rather than wantonly destroying them to save Dorrie Evans. In the context of this panel alone, it seems like Stan popped in a pithy, macho-sounding phrase simply to meet his own rule of ensuring that each character in a panel receives something to day. Except Dorrie, of course. Which is good.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #121 on our thirtieth episode: Horny Namor


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