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Fantastic Four #30: Reed’s Stretchy Body 81

Posted in Reed's Stretch Body with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #30, page 15, panels 5-6

Fantastic Four #30, page 15, panels 5-6

Fantasticast Four #30: Reed’s Stretchy Body 81

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)

Sometimes, it’s the less-flashy things that catch my eye. I really get the feeling that Sue, Johnny, and the reader, just happened to stumble upon Reed as he was making his way through Diablo’s castle. There’s no showing off, no intimidating his enemies, just a guy using his powers to do a job. It’s very casual and understated, and I really like 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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Fantastic Four #30: Reed’s Stretchy Body 80

Posted in It's Clobberin' Time with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #30, page 7, panel 1

Fantastic Four #30, page 7, panel 1

Fantasticast Four #30: Reed’s Stretchy Body 80

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)

It’s hard to work out just how Ben was able to knot Reed around the pillar so effectively. I can’t quite imagine that Reed would have been this pliant, or that he couldn’t undo the knotting all by himself. Still, it makes for a nice, fun, energetic image.

Or, it would, if it wasn’t for the strange depiction of Reed. We’re still in the era when Jack Kirby would happily use 6-9 panel pages, resulting in his art feeling more cramped than we are used to seeing it today. But there’s an almost complete lack of definition on Reed’s face, presumably as a result of trying to fit the entire Fantastic Four in a 1/6th page panel. It’s unfortunate, but it really throws off the entire image.

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: Reed’s Stretchy Body 79

Posted in Reed's Stretch Body with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #30, page 1

Fantastic Four #30, page 1

Fantasticast Four #30: Reed’s Stretchy Body 79

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 have no idea what’s going on with Reed on this page. On first glance, it’s pretty simple – he’s using his stretching powers to get above the undergrowth to see ahead. But on closer look, things just don’t seem right. Reed’s belt line is depicted as being below Sue’s crotch, when he’s normally depicted as being taller than her. So, should I presume that in order to stretch his upper body, Reed had to shrink his lower?

Normally, Reed maintains the general proportions of his body whilst stretching. If using his body to bridge the gap between two skyscrapers, his beltline will remain at the middle of his body, and his limbs will maintain similar sizes. I’m really not sure why he’s chosen to ignore those proportions here – just look at the difference in size between his two arms – but it’s unsettling to see him break the ‘rules’ of his stretching.

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 #29: Reed’s Stretchy Body 78

Posted in Reed's Stretch Body with tags , , , , , , , on July 13, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #29, page 9, panels 1-2

Fantastic Four #29, page 9, panels 1-2

Fantasticast Four #29: Reed’s Stretchy Body 78

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

It feels like ages since we last saw Reed stretch himself properly, and whilst this selection doesn’t necessarily show his full capabilities, it is utterly insane. Reed is wrapped around a super-strong gorilla, ineffectively attempting to prevent him from doing anything with his arms. The gorilla then hooks Reed on to the back of a passing delivery truck, stretching him out like an elastic band, hoping that he’ll snap back.

First of all, pity the poor driver, speeding through the streets of New York only to see a bunch of super-powered simians tussling with the greatest super-heroes in town. Secondly, did the truck driver drive right through the gorilla? It looks like he’s standing right behind the truck, and he’s hooking Reed onto the corner of the vehicle closest to the reader, rather than the one closest to him. Finally, I really hope that the next panel is just a giant ‘TWANG’ sound effect.

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

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Fantastic Four #28: Reed’s Stretchy Body 77

Posted in Reed's Stretch Body with tags , , , , , , , on April 7, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #28, page 14, panel 6

Fantastic Four #28, page 14, panel 6

Written by Stan Lee (The Leader!)

Drawn by Jack Kirby (The King!)

Inked by Chic Stone (The Master!)

Lettered by Art Simek (The Letterer!)

The Fantastic Four and the X-Men don’t exactly have an illustrious history of team-ups. There’s the Pat Lee Fantastic Four/X-Men miniseries from about a decade ago, which was terrible. There was the weird Ultimate X-Men/Ultimate Fantastic Four miniseries that came towards the end of both of those titles, which was about the same level of quality as the parent titles. There’s the Claremont/Bogdanove miniseries, which is actually rather good. And then there’s this issue, the first meeting of the teams, which is generic beyond belief.

Today’s panel comes from the second major battle between the two teams, which takes place on a deserted mountaintop, and threatens to be a repeat of the first battle but without any pesky walls getting in the way. The Thinker and the Puppet Master have other plans, having booby-trapped the mountaintop with all sorts of devices that remove combatants from the team one-by-one.

We see here that Reed somehow gets caught up on a revolving reel that suddenly pops up from the ground. I guess it was lucky that Reed stepped on the exact spot between the two components of the reel, as it’s hard to see just how this could have been effective if he’d been a foot to the right.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #28 on our thirty-first episode: Just Three Of The Guys, with special guest-host Shawn Engel.

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Fantastic Four #28: Reed’s Stretchy Body 76

Posted in Reed's Stretch Body with tags , , , , , , , on March 25, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #28, page 9, panel 1

Fantastic Four #28, page 9, panel 1

Written by Stan Lee (The Leader!)

Drawn by Jack Kirby (The King!)

Inked by Chic Stone (The Master!)

Lettered by Art Simek (The Letterer!)

I love this panel a lot. I shouldn’t enjoy it as much as I do. I should be irritated by Reed’s body bending at right angles. I should be wondering just what muscles would allow someone to manipulate their body in such a way. I definitely shouldn’t be overthinking this as much as I am.

But, as with a lot of Kirby’s artwork, such anatomical concerns are completely invalidated by the sheer energy he imbues the image with. The Beast is moving at speed, and Reed’s stomach-side-step is clearly an instinctive reaction. The speed lines, the way Reed’s stomach seems to contract as if he were breathing in, the positioning of his arms, all of which make this image pop.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #28 on our thirty-first episode: Just Three Of The Guys, with special guest-host Shawn Engel.

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Fantastic Four #28: Reed’s Stretchy Body 75

Posted in Reed's Stretch Body with tags , , , , , , on March 23, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #28, page 8, panel 2

Fantastic Four #28, page 8, panel 2

Written by Stan Lee (The Leader!)

Drawn by Jack Kirby (The King!)

Inked by Chic Stone (The Master!)

Lettered by Art Simek (The Letterer!)

We’ve seen Reed turn himself into a ball before. It’s a nifty defensive trick, one that apparently increases his dexterity, allowing him to avoid, for instance, a hail of bullets. This, however, is the first time he’s used his ball-form in such a circus-like fashion.

He probably shouldn’t have chosen the most agile of the mutants to try this trick on. The Beast is only momentarily thrown off-guard by the move, quickly using his oversized feet and gymnastic ability to take control. We’ll see what that looks like for Mr Fantastic in the next post.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #28 on our thirty-first episode: Just Three Of The Guys, with special guest-host Shawn Engel.

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