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Fantastic Four #18: It’s A Marvel Comic 13

Posted in It's a Marvel Comic with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #18, page 1, panel 1

Fantastic Four #18, page 1, panel 1

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

Whilst we’re some way away from multi-issue continuing narratives and subplots that would take months to resolve, steps are being taken to provide a sense of continuity from issue to issue. This first panel from Fantastic Four #18 does so, reminding readers of the battle with Doctor Doom, providing those who might have missed it with a subtle hint to seek out the previous issue.

Meanwhile, Ben’s referencing the publishing of the Fantastic Four’s adventures in the Marvel Universe. But how quickly can a comics company create and print comics in the Marvel Universe? The news report seems to suggest that the battle with Doom has only been over for a matter of hours, and Ben’s already complaining that people are not buying the comics. Jack had a well-deserved reputation for being a workhorse, but even he would have balked at the thought of plotting and pencilling a 22-page book in a matter of hours.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #18 on our seventeenth episode: No Funny Title Springs To Mind

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Fantastic Four #17: It’s A Marvel Comic 12

Posted in It's a Marvel Comic with tags , , , , , , on October 10, 2013 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #17, page 1, panel 3

Fantastic Four #17, page 1, panel 3

Story: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

Picture yourself recently returned from a minute world hidden inside an atom. You’ve helped overthrow the rule of Doctor Doom, restoring the rightful monarchy. You’ve returned home, fully aware that Doctor Doom is free and on the loose in your world. Do you jump into the Fantasticar and start hunting for the incredibly dangerous villain, or do you flop into an armchair and read an issue of Tales to Astonish, starring Giant Man?

I think almost everyone would choose danger and death over early 1960s Giant Man stories (sorry Abel).

Don’t forget to let us know your favourite under-rated Fantastic Four stories!

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #17 on our fifteenth episode: Whence Came The Man of Asbestos

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Fantastic Four #15: It’s A Marvel Comic 11

Posted in It's a Marvel Comic with tags , , , , , on September 19, 2013 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #15, page 8, panel 3

Fantastic Four #15, page 8, panel 3

Script: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

So, the conceit behind this panel is that the Mad Thinker is orchestrating the break-up of the Fantastic Four by playing on their own desires. So, Johnny goes and joins the circus where he can show-off to his heart’s content, Sue becomes a model, and Ben is offered the chance to put one over on the Yancy Street Gang. Here, we see the moment where a big company decides to hire Reed away, based on the CEO happening to pick up a copy of Fantastic Four that was left in the board room by a janitor. It’s one way to do some headhunting, I suppose…

What irks me about this is the way The Thinker claims credit for this, simply because he knew it was going to happen. He does nothing to influence the event by, say giving the janitor a copy of the comic, or distracting him so that he leaves it in the right place. If The Thinker hadn’t come up with this plan, the CEO would still have decided to try and hire Reed, and Reed would still have accepted his offer.

It’s not quite as crazy as knowing that a monkey would set fire to a shack containing important documents, or endlessly proclaiming what will happen in 11 seconds time, but it’s still pretty crazy.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #15 on our thirteenth episode: The Thinker’s Fantastical Predictions!

Fantastic Four #12: It’s A Marvel Comic 10

Posted in It's a Marvel Comic with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2013 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #12. page 9, panel 4

Fantastic Four #12. page 9, panel 4

Script: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

I’ve waxed lyrical both on the podcast and on this blog about how much I love the conceit that in the Marvel universe, Marvel comics exist purely as a licensing entity, creating comics based on the real-life exploits of super-heroes. This panel is a very subtle example of Stan using the subtleties of this gimmick in his storytelling.

The original ‘bathtub’ Fantasticar has been replaced by the sleeker, more modular incarnation, and on his way down to New Mexico, Reed can’t help showing it off to General Ross. However, he’s not giving away the speed, oh no – he’s even dropped a line to Marvel Comics to ask them not to mention just how fast The Fantasticar goes, hence this rather esoteric and wonderful editor’s note.

However, this conceit does rather sabotage the entire plot of the story. We’ve previously seen Johnny reading a copy of The Incredible Hulk #1, so why, as soon as he sees Bruce Banner, go ‘Hey, he’s the Hulk!’ and save everyone a lot of time?

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #12 in our tenth episode: Hulk? Smash!

Fantastic Four #11: It’s A Marvel Comic 9

Posted in It's a Marvel Comic with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 15, 2013 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #11, page 1, panel 1

Fantastic Four #11, page 1, panel 1

Script: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

Let’s celebrate moving on to another issue of Fantastic Four with a glorious full-page Kirby panel! Continue reading

Fantastic Four #10: It’s A Marvel Comic 8

Posted in It's a Marvel Comic with tags , , , , , , on March 20, 2013 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #10, page 8, panel 1

Fantastic Four #10, page 8, panel 1

Script: Stan Lee

Pencilling: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Uncredited Lettering: Art Simek

Today’s post is very handy. Handy, Because it just features hands. And could be useful. Handy. Get it? HANDY!

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Fantastic Four #10: It’s A Marvel Comic 7

Posted in It's a Marvel Comic with tags , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2013 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #10, page 6, panels 1-2

Fantastic Four #10, page 6, panels 1-2

Script: Stan Lee

Pencilling: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Uncredited Lettering: Art Simek

Today’s long-overdue post features a lovely pair of splash panels from the pen and pencils of Kirby and Ayers! Continue reading

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