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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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Fantastic Four #30: Property Damage 30

Posted in Property Damage with tags , , , , , , , on October 19, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #30, page 21, panel 5

Fantastic Four #30, page 21, panel 5

Fantasticast Four #30: Property Damage 30

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)

This is why I should read ahead… It turns out that a suit of armour is a fairly minor piece of property damage when compared to the completely accidental loss of an entire artefact-filled castle. I really wish I had the ability to put a conjectural price on the loss of the castle, much as people have done with the destruction to Metropolis and New York in Man of Steel and Avengers. So many one-of-a-kind antiques lost forever, as well as the unique alchemical knowledge of Diablo.

Talking of Diablo, he really is one of the lesser Lee/Kirby villains to have gone on and feature within the Marvel universe. He’s one of my least-favourite, even though his origin story far outweighed my expectations. It’s not that the gimmick of the villain doesn’t work for, it’s that it’s so horribly mis-applied. Instead of being a genuine, rare mystical villain for the team, he often gets reduced to an unlikely potion master, with coloured liquids causing all sorts of strange things to happen. He’s not a villain I look forward to returning.

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: Property Damage 29

Posted in Property Damage with tags , , , , , , , on October 16, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four 30, page 20, panel 2

Fantastic Four 30, page 20, panel 2

Fantasticast Four #30: Property Damage 29

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)

Steady on, Ben. You may be angry with Diablo for partially restoring your humanity, deceiving the world, enslaving his neighbours, and all sorts of dodgy stuff that would make the CIA look on with envious eyes, but that’s an antique suit of armour you’re crushing up like aluminium foil. Those things are worth a decent penny, and as we know, the Fantastic Four have their fair share of cash flow issues. You’re literally crushing financial security in your giant, rocky fists. This is the road that leads to having to deal with Collins on a monthly basis!

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: Property Damage 28

Posted in Property Damage with tags , , , , , , , on July 17, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales 123 Property Damage 28

Strange Tales #123, page 5, panel 8

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

There’s so much to talk about today. First of all, this issue of Strange Tales heralds the very brief return of Carl Burgos to the Marvel fold. It wasn’t to be a happy reunion. Lee and Burgos did not work well together, and a couple of years down the line, Burgos would see his hopes of owning the Human Torch dashed when Marvel featured him in Fantastic Four Annual #4 just before the copyright expired.

This issue also marks the point where the Thing started appearing consistently in the book, sharing the plots and actions with the Human Torch. Perhaps this was a move by Marvel to rejuvenate the troubled strip, perhaps this was an admission that the Human Torch wasn’t the breakout character. Either way, from here to the end, this strip is a two-hander.

There’s almost to space for me to mention that The Beetle has broken into a shop to steal the cash register, a loss of a day’s takings, whilst The Thing arrived by destroying one of the exterior walls, causing the loss of the entire business to the owner.

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: Property Damage 27

Posted in Property Damage with tags , , , , , , , on June 29, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #29, page 6, panel 2

Fantastic Four #29, page 6, panel 2

Fantastic Four #29: Property Damage 27

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

Hi, Ben. we need to talk. We understand that it’s been difficult for you in the past few years, what with the transformation, the fact that it’s my fault, that my wife fiancee girlfriend whatever this is goaded you into flying the ship, the endless teasing of regaining of your human form. We get that you can’t walk down the street without attracting attention, that you’ll only truly be good at hide and seek in the Colorado desert, and the only clothing that really fits is your trunks.

But that was a really nice table, man. Really nice. It was well-varnished, it was over a hundred years old, and it was blue. Do you know just how difficult it was to find a blue, antique table? About as hard as finding yellow paint that makes the walls and floor seem like one depth-less plane! You need to do something about your anger…

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

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Fantastic Four #29: Property Damage 26

Posted in Property Damage, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #29, page page 4, panel 4

Fantastic Four #29, page page 4, panel 4

Fantastic Four #29: Property Damage 26

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

Does the Fantastic Four get more classic than this? An angry, emotionally fraught Ben Grimm causes unintentional property damage in a pique of self-pity. The drama crosses the line into melodrama, but it’s broadly drawn emotional dilemmas like this that encapsulate the appeal of Marvel Comics in the 1960s.

Talking of broadly drawn… the standard convention is draw The Thing with many small rocky elements. The larger plates, as seen across his back here, are a great example of how he was envisioned by Kirby before he settled on the greater detail a couple of years down the line. I rather like it, as it plays to the strengths of Chic Stone, allowing for some great detail on the shading to suggest variations in depth.

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

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Fantastic Four #25: Hulk vs The Thing Round 3.5 / Property Damage 25

Posted in Hulk vs The Thing, Property Damage with tags , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #25, page 19, panel 1

Fantastic Four #25, page 19, panel 1

Sensational Story by: Stan Lee

Astonishing Art by: Jack Kirby

Incredible Inking by: George Roussos

Lighthearted Lettering by: S. Rosen

I’m currently in Nantes (hashtag holiday brag) but, thanks to the wonder of pre-scheduled posts, I’m also apparently blogging on a daily basis about mid-1960s Fantastic Four. We’ll see how long I manage before I mess something up with the scheduling…

This lengthy Thing/Hulk brawl continues, moving from the speedboat onto the Washington Bridge itself. As if this tussle wasn’t causing enough havoc and devastation to New York, here Ben decides to destroy the infrastructure of the bridge to keep the Hulk at bay. I’m assuming he managed to clear the bridge of civilians, rather than just destroying it in a Man Of Steel-esque rage of pique. This actually manages to hold the Hulk for an entire two pages, although if most of those pages hadn’t been devoted to Reed and Sue, I’m sure it wouldn’t have lasted that long.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #25 on our twenty-fifth episode: It’ll Be Our Little Secret, with special guest-host Michael Bailey

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