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Strange Tales #124: Flame On 72

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , , on October 28, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #124, page 8, panel 6

Strange Tales #124, page 8, panel 6

Strange Tales #124: Flame On 72

Written by: Smilin’ Stan Lee

Illustrated by: Darlin’ Dick Ayers

Inked by: Peerless P. Reinman

Lettered by: Adorable Art Simek

It’s amazing how disparate Strange Tales is from the main Fantastic Four book at this time. I’m not just talking in terms of quality – and issues like the Molecule Man and the Infant Terrible ones show that the core book can read as badly as the spinoff – but in terms of aims and context it’s as if the two book are coming from very different eras. Whilst the main book is offering fast-paced tales featuring aliens and alchemists, mutants and Avengers, packed with character and a relentless drive forward, Strange Tales seems stuck in a depressingly domestic late 1950s as depicted in pop culture that probably never quite existed.

8 pages into this story, and we’ve seen some tame, uninspired shenanigans at home (with no authoritative presence), and then Johnny’s gone bowling with girlfriend. If it hadn’t been for his signal ring (making its one and only appearance a few panels earlier), you can just imagine the two going for some malted shakes together. Where’s the genre-defining, boundary-pushing storytelling seen in the Fantastic Four? It’s certainly not to be seen here.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #124 on our thirty-third episode: Bad Horse, Bad Horse, with special guest host David Walker

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Fantastic Four #30: Flame On 71

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #30, page page 12, panel 1

Fantastic Four #30, page 12, panel 1

Fantasticast Four #30: Flame On 71

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)

Ah, good old blank backgrounds. The sign of an artistic shortcut. Based on this panel alone, I have no idea where the Fantastic Four currently are. I mean it. I browse the comic for these posts visually, I pay little attention to the actual plot. I think they’re still in Transylvania, but so much has happened over the past few pages, that I’m not sure.

And by ‘so much’, I mean that Diablo has enchanted the whole world, re-seeded the African desert, done lots of dirty deals with tinpot dictators, un-cured the Thing and entrapped him, and enslaved the populace of the town near his castle. He’s been busy, and the Fantastic Four have… just let this happen? Way to be a super-hero team, guys!

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 #30: Flame On 70

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #30, page 5, panel 5

Fantastic Four #30, page 5, panel 5

Fantasticast Four #30: Flame On 70

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)

We’re back. For a little bit, at least. The plan is to try and get ahead on these posts for the next few weeks and get the momentum going again. I suspect it might all go a little wrong, though, as I’m off for two weeks of holiday in mid-September, and it’s slightly more pressing to ensure the podcast hits its release schedule than the blog. Let’s see what happens…

Not that I’m avoiding writing about today’s panel at all, oh no. Reed, Johnny and Sue are on the trail of Ben, who has gone missing in the middle of night, leaving only a trail of destruction leading to a mysterious abandoned castle. Johnny’s ‘Flame On’ leads to his contribution to the tracking – melting through a thick stone wall to see what’s behind it.

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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Strange Tales #123: Flame On 69 / Flamin’ ‘Eck 48

Posted in Flame On, Flamin' 'Eck with tags , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #123, page 13, panels 4-6

Strange Tales #123, page 13, panels 4-6

Strange Tales #123: Flame On 69 / Flamin’ ‘Eck 48

Written by: Stan Lee (‘Nuff Said)

Illustrated by: Carl Burgos (Who was first to draw The Torch, way back in the Golden Age of Comics)

Inked by: Darlin’ Dick Ayers

Lettered by: Smilin’ Sam Rosen

Our look at the debut of The Beetle concludes here. Johnny gets a ‘Flame On’ so underwhelming that I wonder if anyone involved in that panel remembered that this was a catchphrase. Sam Rosen gets some credit for using a heavier brush stroke for these words, but it barely stands out at all.

More interesting is the unusual use of flame that comes from this, as Johnny creates a ring of fire where the Beetle is burrowing away. The wheel excavates the area, exposing the villain. I’m calling it our because earlier in the story, the Beetle had no problem flying or using the asbestos on his armour to withstand the heat. Here, because there’s only one page of story left, he just decides to give up and submit to the teen hero.

Can you imagine how ineffective Zemo’s Thunderbolts would have been if he’d have recruited this version of The Beetle?

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #123 on our thirty-second episode: Now With Genuine People Personalities

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Fantastic Four #29: Flame On 68

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , , on July 3, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #29, page 7, panel 4

Fantastic Four #29, page 7, panel 4

Fantasticast Four #29: Flame On 68

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

I think for the rest of this book, the only criteria by which I decide whether I like a panel or not will be, ‘Does it feature the Red Ghost and/or his stupid apes’?

So, let’s take a look. We have the Human Torch, using his fiery blasts to obliterate debris before they can crash into bystanders or buildings, which looks fine. There’s not reason why he should be crying his catchphrase when he’s already in his ‘flame’ form, though. But, because of the lack of a Russian cosmonauts and his pathetic primates, this one gets a thumbs up!

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

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Strange Tales #122: Flame On 67

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , , on April 8, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #122, page 5, panel 6

Strange Tales #122, page 5, panel 6

Rapidly written by Stan Lee

Speedily sketched by Dick Ayers

Instantly inked by Geo. Bell

Lazily lettered by S. Rosen

We’re back to Strange Tales today, with a story that quite literally nobody asked for – the return of Doctor Doom’s underwhelming henchmen from Fantastic Four #22 (or #23, as the cover would have it). In a move which never bodes well for a story, almost the entirety of the first three pages are flashbacks, with Dick Ayers redrawing the work of Jack Kirby to recap the issue.

Not much better is the plan of the henchmen, which involves one of the trio (Handsome Harry, with his power to hear things) turning up on Johnny’s doorstep and enticing him into joining him in a garage to look at a car. With his dark glasses, long coat and suspicious hat, it’s very hard to read this scene without remembering the advice of every parent – don’t accept cars from strangers. Was it cars? It might have been sweets…

Johnny eventually rumbles the plot against him. And by ‘rumbles’, I mean ‘has the plot revealed to him’ and reacts by flaming on. I’m not sure I really like Ayers and Roussos’s depiction of Johnny flaming on – he looks like his limbs are too small for his body, and the exterior inking lines are very thick. And why exactly does he fly around so much in such a small space?

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #122 on our thirty-first episode: Just Three Of The Guys, with special guest-host Shawn Engel.

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Strange Tales #121: Flame On 66

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , on October 12, 2014 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #121, page 6, panel 1

Strange Tales #121, page 6, panel 1

Written in the sensational style of Stan Lee

Drawn in the marvellous manner of Dick Ayers

Lettered by: Art Simek

Strange Tales #121 featured the return of one of the more notable (and infamous) Human Torch villains – The Plant Man. Remember him? He’s the lunatic, convinced that plants had intelligence, who found himself able to command any vegetable matter when a lightning bolt hit his special pruning shears. He’s the only villain to temporarily defeat the Human Torch with the morning dew, and to escape by encasing himself in a tree.

He launches a wave of crime in Glendale, avoiding interrupting by dampening Johnny and locking him in the closet for half an hour. Johnny catches up with Doris at the scene of one of the crimes, before flying away, with his catchphrase once again framed as a sound effect rather than a cry or shout.

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

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