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Fantastic Four #30: Reed’s Stretchy Body 80

Posted in It's Clobberin' Time with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #30, page 7, panel 1

Fantastic Four #30, page 7, panel 1

Fantasticast Four #30: Reed’s Stretchy Body 80

Written by: Stan Lee (A rather nice writer)

Illustrated by: Jack Kirby (A quite noteworthy artist)

Inked by: Chic Stone (A somewhat nifty inker)

Lettered by: Art Simek (An occasionally neat letterer)

It’s hard to work out just how Ben was able to knot Reed around the pillar so effectively. I can’t quite imagine that Reed would have been this pliant, or that he couldn’t undo the knotting all by himself. Still, it makes for a nice, fun, energetic image.

Or, it would, if it wasn’t for the strange depiction of Reed. We’re still in the era when Jack Kirby would happily use 6-9 panel pages, resulting in his art feeling more cramped than we are used to seeing it today. But there’s an almost complete lack of definition on Reed’s face, presumably as a result of trying to fit the entire Fantastic Four in a 1/6th page panel. It’s unfortunate, but it really throws off the entire image.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #30 on our thirty-third episode: Bad Horse, Bad Horse, with special guest host David Walker

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Fantastic Four #29: It’s Clobberin’ Time 3

Posted in It's Clobberin' Time with tags , , , , , , , on July 1, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #29, page 6, panel 5

Fantastic Four #29, page 6, panel 5

Fantasticast Four #29: It’s Clobberin’ Time 3

Written with a dash of greatness by: Stan Lee

Drawn with a hint of glory by: Jack Kirby

Inked with a touch of drama by: Chic Stone

Lettered with a bottle of india ink by: S. Rosen

Is this the most underwhelming use of the phrase ‘It’s Clobberin’ Time’ ever seen in the pages of the Fantastic Four? It’s got to be one of the (dare I say it) laziest panels it’s ever been used on, with Ben and his combatant drawn in the roughest strokes. Even John Byrne, with his infamous ‘Snowblind’ issue of Alpha Flight, would have balked at this. As much as I hate to say that a Kirby panel was rushed, lazy, or poorly done, the fact that if you take away the speech balloon you can’t tell which blurry blob is the Thing speaks volumes.

Unfortunately for everyone involved, the first blurry blob turns out to be one of the Red Ghost’s stupid apes. Oh, happy happy joy joy.

Happy happy joy joy, happy happy joy

Happy happy joy joy, happy happy joy

etc.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #29 on our thirty-second episode: Now With Genuine People Personalities

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Fantastic Four #28: It’s Clobberin’ Time 2

Posted in It's Clobberin' Time with tags , , , , , , , on March 30, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #28, page 11, panel 4

Fantastic Four #28, page 11, panel 4

Written by Stan Lee (The Leader!)

Drawn by Jack Kirby (The King!)

Inked by Chic Stone (The Master!)

Lettered by Art Simek (The Letterer!)

It’s quite clear at this point that neither Stan nor Jack are treating ‘It’s Clobbering Time’ as a proper catchphrase for The Thing. The phrase has clearly stuck with Stan from the previous issue of Strange Tales, but it has yet to embed itself into the strip in the same way that ‘Flame On’ has.

Which is why the second use of it comes on the page’s smallest panel, snuck in between an overly-explanatory caption box and a minuscule drawing of Ben breaking free of Iceman’s ice.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #28 on our thirty-first episode: Just Three Of The Guys, with special guest-host Shawn Engel.

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

Posted in It's Clobberin' Time with tags , , , , , on March 9, 2015 by quizlacey
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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