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Strange Tales #124: It’s… ASBESTOS!!! 30

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , , on November 2, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #124, page 10, panel 6

Strange Tales #124, page 10, panel 6

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Written by: Smilin’ Stan Lee

Illustrated by: Darlin’ Dick Ayers

Inked by: Peerless P. Reinman

Lettered by: Adorable Art Simek

You can probably tell I’ve got a big grin on my face whilst creating this post. I’m a huge fan of ridiculous uses of asbestos in 1960s Fantastic Four comics, and the suggestion that Paste Pot Pete has mixed asbestos with his paste to create a fireproof, quick-setting adhesive is completely ludicrous. I mean, for a start, there’s a very good chance that the smothering effect of the paste alone renders the need for a fireproof material null and void. And let’s not talk about the logistics of mixing a fibrous substance into a viscous liquid without further reducing its viscosity.

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: It’s… ASBESTOS 29

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , , on July 22, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #123, page 7, panel 4

Strange Tales #123, page 7, panel 4

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

Ah, asbestos. It seems more appropriate that this should be the feature of our 500th post at this site. It’s also one of the more appropriate uses of asbestos. The Beetle is very much a Human Torch villain at this stage in his career, and his suit is designed for combat with our fiery hero. If anyone could sensibly work asbestos into a functional and practical part of his armour, it’s Abner Jenkins, one of the Marvel universe’s most underrated engineers.

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: It’s… ASBESTOS!!! 28

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , , on May 29, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #122, page 11, panel 1

Strange Tales #122, page 11, panel 1

Rapidly written by Stan Lee

Speedily sketched by Dick Ayers

Instantly inked by Geo. Bell

Lazily lettered by S. Rosen

I can’t work out if Stan Lee is, at this point, just taking the piss with his dialogue. A grey door does not signify that it’s made from asbestos, and considering all Bull does with the door is wield it threateningly, it’s hard to imagine how asbestos would have made any difference to the offensive properties of the door – namely, that it’s really big and hard and would hurt if he whacked someone with it.

As for what exactly an automatic water cannon is, I’m completely lost. Although, as the man in the brown suit is struggling to turn it on, it can’t be that automatic…

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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Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , , on May 20, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #122, page 7, panels 1-2

Strange Tales #122, page 7, panels 1-2

Rapidly written by Stan Lee

Speedily sketched by Dick Ayers

Instantly inked by Geo. Bell

Lazily lettered by S. Rosen

Some ideas are so crazy, you assume that they’ll stick with you for a long time. I remember asbestos lassos, and asbestos sheet, but for the life of me, I have no memory of reading a comic featuring an asbestos-lined caravan. (Yes, I know the dialogue refers to it as a trailer. But it looks suspiciously like the exact caravan we were bundled into every summer by my Dad, and that would get destroyed on a weekly basis in early seasons of Top Gear).

It’s a wonderfully crazy idea. Not only have the Terrible Trio got hold of asbestos rope and asbestos blankets, but somehow they’ve managed to get hold of some kind of easily-applicable asbestos lining. I like to imagine that it was something similar to sheets of vinyl, and they spent ages with credit cards trying to smooth the air pockets to the edge of the sheet. And failing, because let’s face it, the Terrible Trio are completely terrible.

The worst.

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 #122: It’s… ASBESTOS 26

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , , on May 18, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #122, page 6, panel 3

Strange Tales #122, page 6, panel 3

Rapidly written by Stan Lee

Speedily sketched by Dick Ayers

Instantly inked by Geo. Bell

Lazily lettered by S. Rosen

The Terrible Trio are back, and the only redeeming feature of their return is that they’ve seemingly stopped off at World of Asbestos for a few accessories before conning Johnny. Of course, what they didn’t pick up was a copy of ‘Asbestos For Dummies’ (presumably they thought it would be too high-concept for them), as if they had done so, they’d have learned that the asbestos blanket doesn’t need to be airtight to extinguish the Human Torch’s flame.

Idiots.

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 #122: It’s… ASBESTOS!!!

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , , on April 13, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #122, page 6, panel 2

Strange Tales #122, page 6, panel 2

Rapidly written by Stan Lee

Speedily sketched by Dick Ayers

Instantly inked by Geo. Bell

Lazily lettered by S. Rosen

Doctor Doom’s trio of master-less henchmen continue to haunt the pages of Strange Tales #122. In a series that boasted the original Plant Man, the Fifth Dimension, the Sorcerer, and the guy who nearly blew up Glendale with a nuclear bomb, it’s quite something that these should be the most tedious, annoying and forgettable villains of this run. Thankfully, in this panel, my interest levels are raised by my favourite word in Stan Lee’s vocabulary:

Asbestos!

This time, it’s an asbestos rope, which the… er… one with the headdress (look, you didn’t expect me to remember their names, did you?) uses to lasso the Human Torch. This rope would go on to have a minor role in the early Marvel Universe, resurfacing in the hands of the Enforcers in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man. It must be the same one – there clearly isn’t a market for mass production!

And what’s that being held in the background?

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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Fantastic Four #26: It’s… ASBESTOS!!! 24

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , , on August 18, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #26, page 4, panel 4

Fantastic Four #26, page 4, panel 4

Unforgettably Written In The Grand Manner by: Stan Lee

Powerfully Drawn In The Heroic Manner by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: George Roussos

Lettered by: Art Simek

The asbestos continues , as an injured Johnny races back into the action. He’s in a rush, with no time to remove his asbestos bandages. I think we’ll leave aside the incredible unlikelihood of a hospital having a stock of asbestos bandages just in case the Human Torch should happen to be admitted as a patient.

Instead, we’ll as what would happen to Johnny’s flight capabilities when his body is not fully flamed. When Johnny was shot by ZANTE during Strange Tales #106, his arm was unable to ignite. His flight was off-balance and he had to compensate for this, as well as flying slower. It’s a little sad to see no acknowledgement of the struggles he would face with an arm not functioning properly, although an argument could be made that he has learned from his previous experience. As that would involve Johnny exhibiting signs of intelligence during the Strange Tales era, I would have to discount that argument.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #26 on our twenty-seventh episode: Hulk Goes Home And Plays With His Trains with special guest-host Michael Bailey.

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