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Strange Tales #124: Flamin’ ‘Eck 51

Posted in Flamin' 'Eck with tags , , , , , , , on October 30, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #124, page 10, panel 2

Strange Tales #124, page 10, panel 2

Strange Tales #124: Flamin’ ‘Eck 51

Written by: Smilin’ Stan Lee

Illustrated by: Darlin’ Dick Ayers

Inked by: Peerless P. Reinman

Lettered by: Adorable Art Simek

Ah, the infamous panel where Johnny was possessed by the Phoenix Force 13 years before its creation.

Or…

The infamous panel where Johnny inadvertently proves and disproves the theories regarding conservation of energy. Ignoring the fact that the kinetic motion of the car’s engine provides the energy to recharge the battery which is used to start the car itself, Johnny decides that he can expend his flame whilst creating new flame energy to store within him to use in the future. He’s literally creating energy out of nothing.

Sometimes, Stan’s pseudo-science hits the right level of believability. Other times, it’s pure crap.

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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Strange Tales #124: Flamin’ ‘Eck 50

Posted in Flamin' 'Eck with tags , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #124, page 3, panel 1

Strange Tales #124, page 3, panel 1

Strange Tales #124: Flamin’ ‘Eck 50

Written by: Smilin’ Stan Lee

Illustrated by: Darlin’ Dick Ayers

Inked by: Peerless P. Reinman

Lettered by: Adorable Art Simek

As we make our way through the final 10-or-so issues of Johnny Storm’s solo adventures in Strange Tales, we’re going to see logic (not a quality seen in abundance, admittedly) become scarcer and scarcer. Here’s a good example of a panel which should never have been drawn, and which should have been picked up by anyone involved in the creative process from the penciling onwards.

Having had half of his house destroyed by The Thing’s refusal to use the front door, Johnny then decides to some on-the-spot spot-welding to repair the damage. So, he uses his intense heat and flame to repair his very obviously wooden house.

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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Strange Tales #124: Property Damage 31 / Flamin’ ‘Eck 49

Posted in Flamin' 'Eck, Property Damage with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales 124, page 1, panel 4

Strange Tales 124, page 1, panel 4

Strange Tales #124: Property Damage 31 / Flamin’ ‘Eck 49

Written by: Smilin’ Stan Lee

Illustrated by: Darlin’ Dick Ayers

Inked by: Peerless P. Reinman

Lettered by: Adorable Art Simek

Our streak of The Thing destroying everything in his wake continues as we return to our favourite Silver Age punching bag, Strange Tales. This opening sequence sees Ben decide to give Johnny a wake-up call by… er… lifting a side of his house off its foundations, presumably destroying the structural stability of the house. Judging by the way that rear wall doesn’t change angle, there has to be a massive gaping crack somewhere along the side of the house as well. As Andy most likely said at the time, this makes no sense. And it still doesn’t.

We’ve also got yet another flaming lasso, easily my least-favourite thing in the entirety of Strange Tales (and beyond, as evidenced by its appearance in the comic covered on this week’s episode). At least this is 1964, and we can pretty much guarantee that the walls are lined with asbestos, explaining why Johnny can throw his flame around in such a cavalier fashion.

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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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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Strange Tales #123: Flamin’ ‘Eck 47

Posted in Flamin' 'Eck with tags , , , , , , , on July 24, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #123, page 8, panel 7

Strange Tales #123, page 8, panel 7

Fantasticast Four #29:

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

We’re currently recording episodes covering Fantastic Four comics from 1972. Strange Tales is long-gone, and despite the wildly inconsistent quality of Stan Lee’s writing during his brief return to the title, a lot of the tropes from the early days of the Fantastic Four are no longer relevant. Whilst I may miss the ridiculous usage of asbestos, I really don’t miss the implausible uses of Johnny’s powers.

Thankfully nothing in the Air Walker saga is as insane as Johnny deciding to wrap The Beetle in a blanket made of fire to heat him up as opposed to, say, just hurling fire at him. Nice to see that the colouring appears to have been done in felt-tip as well…

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

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Strange Tales #122: Flamin’ ‘Eck 45

Posted in Flamin' 'Eck with tags , , , , , , , on May 27, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales 122 Flamin' 'Eck 44

Strange Tales #10, page 10, panel 4

Rapidly written by Stan Lee

Speedily sketched by Dick Ayers

Instantly inked by Geo. Bell

Lazily lettered by S. Rosen

As I’m going through this story, I’m finding that I have absolutely no recollection of it. I don’t remember the asbestos-lined caravan. I have no memory of the special shower which dries Johnny out by blasting him with steam. This story feels completely new to me.

Sadly, this also means that I don’t remember this moment where Johnny uses an asbestos rope – the same rope which previously caused his flame to die out instantly – to grapple one of his fireballs and… er… hurl it at one of the Terrible Trio. Quite why he needs to do this when he’s previously been able to control his fireballs with an unlikely degree of accuracy is truly beyond me.

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: Flamin’ ‘Eck 44

Posted in Flamin' 'Eck with tags , , , , , , on October 13, 2014 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #121, page 13, panel 3

Strange Tales #121, page 13, panel 3

Written in the sensational style of Stan Lee

Drawn in the marvellous manner of Dick Ayers

Lettered by: Art Simek

For me, one of the best things about this period of Strange Tales is that the stories are so bland, there’s very little for me to pull out and post. At least under the terms of this blog, otherwise the panel where Johnny, under attack from acorns, is extinguished whilst crying ‘Too many of them! Covered in dew! So moist!’ would be a definite contender.

So, we instead get this panel from later on in the story where Johnny decides to call for the police, not the Fantastic Four, by using the ‘Four’ signal. He’s somehow managed to alter his flame so that instead of cracking the glass of the conservatory and setting fire to the building, it passes harmlessly through the roof and into the sky. I have no idea how he achieved this…

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

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Strange Tales #120: Flamin’ Eck 43

Posted in Flamin' 'Eck with tags , , , , , , , on September 12, 2014 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #120, page 12, panel 7

Strange Tales #120, page 12, panel 7

Deftly Written by: Stan Lee

Dazzlingly Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Dramatically Inked by: Dick Ayers

Distinctively Lettered by: S. Rosen

I’d attempt to recap the plot of this issue, but it’s one of the most tedious of the Human Torch solo strips, so I won’t bother. Instead, things have progressed to the point where Johnny feels that the Barracuda and his men are such lame villains that he can break out the flaming lasso and attempt to restrain them this way. Rather surprisingly, this works, although the lasso doesn’t tighten, instead forming a floating wing at waist-height that the several of the thugs feel restrained by.

If I’d have known just how many lassos there would be in these books when I started this blog two years ago, I’d have given them their own category…

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #120 on our twenty-eighth episode: Bailey’s Iceman Podcast with special guest-host Michael Bailey

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Strange Tales #120: Flamin’ ‘Eck 42

Posted in Flamin' 'Eck with tags , , , , , , , on September 11, 2014 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #120, page 9, panel 9

Strange Tales #120, page 9, panel 9

Deftly Written by: Stan Lee

Dazzlingly Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Dramatically Inked by: Dick Ayers

Distinctively Lettered by: S. Rosen

We’re back to Strange Tales, as Jack Kirby draws his final Human Torch solo strip. It’s not a great story, being notable for introducing the third-rate Sub-Mariner villain Barracuda, and teaming up the Human Torch with Iceman from the X-Men. If you’ve read the pre-Crisis story featuring the first meeting of Batman and Superman (the one on the cruise ship, brilliantly re-told in Superman/Batman Annual #1, with extra-added Deathstroke and Deadpool), then the basics of this issue will be very familiar.

Of course, neither Superman nor Batman attempted to defeat the villain by hurling fireballs seemingly at random towards the wooden deck they were standing on, being unable to generate fire from their bodies, and having a health respect for the flammability of wood. Even with Iceman on hand to extinguish any stray flames, it seems like an incredibly stupid thing for Johnny to do.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #120 on our twenty-eighth episode: Bailey’s Iceman Podcast with special guest-host Michael Bailey

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Strange Tales #118: Flamin’ ‘Eck 41

Posted in Flamin' 'Eck with tags , , , , , , on July 17, 2014 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #118, page 13, panel 1

Strange Tales #118, page 13, panel 1

Story: Stan Lee

Art: Dick Ayers

Lettering: S. Rosen

With the Wizard making his escape into the skies, Johnny decides to use a flame lasso to try to catch him. We’ll leave aside the physical logistics of using a lasso comprised of flame, and instead look at the logistics of using a lasso in this situation. Based on the relative size of the Wizard, he must be at least a quarter of a mile away from Johnny. Even if Johnny had the skill to successfully land a lasso, could he do so over such a distance?

Well, of course the plan fails – he misses, and the Wizard floats helplessly into the sky, where he’ll suffer a horrific Silver Age death. Meaning that we’ll assume he dies but find out in a flashback in a different title the unusual coincidences that led to his survival.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #118 on our twenty-fourth episode: An Enfant Terrible Is Not Literally A Terrible Infant

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