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Fantastic Four #30: The Humanity Of Benjamin J. Grimm 10(ish)

Posted in The Humanity Of Benjamin J. Grimm with tags , , , , , , , on September 2, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #30, page 5, panel 8

Fantastic Four #30, page 5, panel 8

Fantasticast Four #30: The Humanity Of Benjamin J. Grimm 10(ish)

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)

I guess this one counts, even though it’s not a full return to human form. One of the central conceits of this issue is that Diablo’s alchemy is able to partially restore Ben’s human form, reducing his monstrous exterior to little more than a severe skin complaint, whilst retaining a large portion of The Thing’s strength. In the way of all such hokum, the reversion proves to be temporary, and appears to come with some kind of mental persuasion. Ben returns to his Thing form after only 5 pages.

What astonishes me is that Reed never went back to Diablo’s alchemy to see if this temporary cure could be used as the base for a permanent one. Despite Diablo’s nefarious intentions, he is able to partially reverse the transformation, and for an extended period of time. Unlike Reed’s one-time use and temporarily effective cures, Diablo appears to be able to offer a workable solution that could be developed further. I guess this is counted as invalid due to it being created by a villain…

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 #23: The Humanity Of Benjamin J. Grimm 9

Posted in The Humanity Of Benjamin J. Grimm with tags , , , , , , on May 29, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #23, page 13, panel 5

Fantastic Four #23, page 13, panel 5

Written by: Stan Lee

Illustrated by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: George Roussos

Lettered by: S. Rosen

Lured to Yancy Street, The Thing is attacked by one of Doctor Doom’s powered henchmen. Not content with giving Ben a run for his money in the punching stakes, the minion also has a cosmic beam gun which triggers a transformation back into his human body. It’s perhaps a sign of the relative regularity of this event – on average, once every three issues Ben returns to human form – that his first thought isn’t ‘Hurrah! My humanity has returned’. Instead, he’s more concerned with who might have been able to invent such a beam gun.

Disappointingly, due to the small panel size (this is a 7 panel page), the transformation is very underwhelming in art terms. The dashed outline looks rushed and a little lazy, and what should be a big event for Ben comes across as just another beat in the fight.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #23 on our twenty-third episode: (Asbestos) Grease Is The Word

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Fantastic Four #19: The Humanity Of Benjamin J. Grimm 8

Posted in The Humanity Of Benjamin J. Grimm, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 7, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #19, page 13, panels 3-5

Fantastic Four #19, page 13, panels 3-5

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: S. Rosen

I’m a big fan of this transformation from the Thing to Ben. Unlike several in the past, this is not really random, and it serves the plot. Without this happening, the Four would likely still be slaves of Rama-Tut.

However, it is a bit surprising that the inciting element for the transformation would be a really hot sun. If this was all that was needed, then Reed would be able to put Ben on the next ICBM to modern-day Egypt and let him enjoy being himself. A better way of looking at this would be that it was a combination of Rama-Tut’s will-sapping ray and the hot sun, causing a unique reaction within The Thing’s body. With all those caption boxes, Stan surely could have squeezed in a better explanation than ‘it got really hot’…

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #19 on our eighteenth episode: Pharoahs And Plants, Spiders And Soldiers

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Fantastic Four #17: The Humanity of Benjamin J. Grimm 7

Posted in The Humanity Of Benjamin J. Grimm with tags , , , , , , on October 16, 2013 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #17, page 14, panels 6-9

Fantastic Four #17, page 14, panels 6-9

Story: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

Now, this is more like it. Doctor Doom is causing worldwide chaos, and the Fantastic Four are powerless to stop him, thanks to the giant floaty marshmallow men things, which recorded the Fantastic Four’s… er… something, and made his ship invulnerable to them.

Reed comes up with a loophole – the human form of Benjamin J. Grimm, which should be able to pass the shields and lower them, allowing the rest of the team to board the skyship. Unlike last issue, where Ben’s transformation felt like nothing more than a cheap gag and a space-filler, here it serves a valid plot function, getting the team into a direct confrontation with their nemesis.

Much better!

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

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Fantastic Four #16: The Humanity of Benjamin J. Grimm 6

Posted in The Humanity Of Benjamin J. Grimm with tags , , , , , , , on September 27, 2013 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #16, page 9, panels 3-5

Fantastic Four #16, page 9, panels 3-5

Script: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

It’s been a very long time since we’ve seen Ben pop back to human form. I wonder if he’s forgotten what his regular face looks like?

Today’s transformation comes in the middle of a spot of spring cleaning. It’s probably the most typical sort of transformation for Ben. Reed has concocted a potion or serum that he happily feeds Ben without any concerns as to its side-effects, carcinogenic contents, any allergies Ben may have, etc.

As we all know by now, these transformations rarely stick, although it’s a full three pages before we see Ben as The Thing again. Rather unusually, the transformation back happens off panel, and not a single member of the team comments on it.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #16 on our fourteenth episode: The Return of Doctor Doom

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Fantastic Four #11: The Humanity of Benjamin J. Grimm 5

Posted in The Humanity Of Benjamin J. Grimm with tags , , , , , , , on April 18, 2013 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #11, page 5, panels 2-3

Fantastic Four #11, page 5, panels 2-3

Fantastic Four #11, page 5, panel 4

Fantastic Four #11, page 5, panel 4

Script: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

It’s about time we had a frivolous yet tantalising glimpse of Ben Grimm’s human form, so let’s have one! Continue reading

Fantastic Four #9: The Humanity Of Benjamin J. Grimm 4

Posted in The Humanity Of Benjamin J. Grimm with tags , , , , , , , on January 14, 2013 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #9, page 19, panel 3 and page 20, panels 1-4

Fantastic Four #9, page 19, panel 3 and page 20, panels 1-4

Script: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

Please forgive my poor attempts at collage today – this sequence spread over two pages and I couldn’t think of a better way to get the the whole progression onto the page. Continue reading

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