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Fantastic Four #21: ATOMIC POWER! 8

Posted in ATOMIC POWER! with tags , , , , , , on April 25, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #21, page 10, panel 2

Fantastic Four #21, page 10, panel 2

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: George Bell

Lettered by: Art Simek

Having disbanded the team, Reed returns home to find that an old friend from his days as a soldier in World War II. Yes, it’s Nick Fury, clean-shaven and working for the CIA (presumably his last job before joining SHIELD). He’s dropped by to ask Reed to lend a hand with one of the CIA’s favourite activities – supporting regime change in a South American country.

This is the spur for the plot of the second half of the book, but we’re pausing for a moment to note that Reed has a completely spurious nuclear activator whirring away loudly for no reason at all. Note the lack of radiation shielding, or warning notices. Did he not learn a costly lesson about the harmful effects of radiation?

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #21 on our twenty-first episode: Powered By Hateful Hate From A Hate Raygun, with special guest host David Wynne.

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Strange Tales #112: ATOMIC POWER! 7

Posted in ATOMIC POWER! with tags , , , , , , on April 1, 2014 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #112, page 10, panel 1

Strange Tales #112, page 10, panel 1

Story plot: Stan Lee

Script: Jerry Siegel

Art: Dick Ayers

Lettering: S. Rosen

It’s been over a year since we last looked at an example of Stan’s hilarious misunderstandings of how nuclear power works, and I think you’ll agree, today’s panel was worth the wait.

Having failed to decide if the Eel or the device he was carrying was the true threat, Stan and Jerry decide to ramp up the tension by revealing that the explosion is due to occur right next to a Veterans’ Hospital. Ignoring the fact that the scale of the explosion and resulting fallout would not only obliterate the hospital but pretty much all of the town and surrounding countryside, the story decides that only a noble sacrifice from Johnny can negate the blast.

So, Johnny flies upwards, and wills both the force of the explosion as well as the radiation up into the atmosphere with him. Imagine that. No, really, imagine it. Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima, each of these catastrophic nuclear events could have been prevented by a teenager with a lot of willpower.

Even more hilarious is the ridiculous expository speech bubbles which, thanks to the high perspective showing the curvature of the Earth, suggests that the people speaking are either in space, or they’re shouting really loudly so that the reader can hear them.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #112 on our seventeenth episode: No Funny Title Springs To Mind

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Fantastic Four #10: ATOMIC POWER! 6

Posted in ATOMIC POWER! with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2013 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #10, page 2, panel 2

Fantastic Four #10, page 2, panel 2

Script: Stan Lee

Pencilling: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Uncredited Lettering: Art Simek

A minor instance of misuse of nuclear technology, so we’ll have a small post. Continue reading

Strange Tales #102: Atomic Power! 5

Posted in ATOMIC POWER! with tags , , , , , , , on December 14, 2012 by quizlacey
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Strange Tales #102, page 5, panels 4-5

Uncredited Writers: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber

Uncredited Artist: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inker: Dick Ayers

Uncredited Letterer: Art Simek

I’ll never understand why The Wizard eschewed a career as a noted nuclear engineer and settled on a life of crime and attempting to humiliate a teenage boy. Continue reading

Strange Tales #102: Atomic Power! 4

Posted in ATOMIC POWER! with tags , , , , , , , on December 13, 2012 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #102, page 4, panel 3

Strange Tales #102, page 4, panel 3

Uncredited Writers: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber

Uncredited Artist: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inker: Dick Ayers

Uncredited Letterer: Art Simek

I’m not sure we’ve come across anything as crazy as today’s example of Atomic Power. It’s a real favourite of mine. Continue reading

Fantastic Four #3: ATOMIC POWER! 3

Posted in ATOMIC POWER! with tags , , , , , , , on October 26, 2012 by quizlacey

Fantastic Four #4, page 18, panel 4

Writer: Stan Lee

Artist: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inker: Sol Brodsky

Uncredited Letterer: Art Simek

There’s so much that I love about this panel. Let’s start with the caption, which tells us that Ben has been rushing from military base to military base, looking for a nuclear bomb. Because those get stored in suburban military bases…

Then there’s the plan, which is to strap it to his back and walk into the throat of the Sub-Mariner’s giant sea-monster, Giganto.

But best of all is this three-panel sequence featuring the long, lonely march of Ben Grimm. Barely visible against the destruction of of New York and the grotesque monstrosity that is Giganto. It’s an absolute favourite of mine.

Fantastic Four #4, page 18, panels 5-7

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #4 in our third episode: Super-Villain Cavalcade

Fantastic Four #3: ATOMIC POWER! 2

Posted in ATOMIC POWER! with tags , , , , , , on October 11, 2012 by quizlacey

Fantastic Four #3, page 10, panel 3

Writer: Stan Lee

Artist: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inker: Sol Brodsky

Uncredited Letterer: Art Simek

You can’t see this, but just off-panel is a giant monstrous movie mascot, animated by the Miracle Man, lifting the Army’s atomic tank into the air, with hypnosis. No, really. This is the big plot-hole in the whole issue. The Miracle Man doesn’t go to military base, so the soldiers are not under his control. So, what are they seeing?

Moving on from plot illogicality, I wondered on the show why the addition of a nuclear reactor to a vehicle designed to take heavy fire on the battlefield would benefit the tank in any way? Surely gasoline provides enough power for the tank. Surely Stan doesn’t think that the addition of the word ‘atomic’ makes anything sound more powerful and cool. Oh, wait…

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #3 in our second episode: Secret Invasion Tie-In

 

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