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Fantastic Four #4: Flame On 4

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2012 by quizlacey

Fantastic Four #4, page 23, panel 1

Writer: Stan Lee

Artist: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inker: Sol Brodsky

Uncredited Letterer: Art Simek

Wow, they’re really milking this new catchphrase! Four times in its very first issue!

Here, Johnny yells it as he prepares to create a tornado of unimaginable power that lifts both Namor and Giganto into the ocean, but doesn’t affect anything else lying around (automobiles, rubble, nuclear fallout, etc.)

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #4 in our third episode: Super-Villain Cavalcade

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Fantastic Four #3: ATOMIC POWER! 3

Posted in ATOMIC POWER! with tags , , , , , , , on October 26, 2012 by quizlacey

Fantastic Four #4, page 18, panel 4

Writer: Stan Lee

Artist: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inker: Sol Brodsky

Uncredited Letterer: Art Simek

There’s so much that I love about this panel. Let’s start with the caption, which tells us that Ben has been rushing from military base to military base, looking for a nuclear bomb. Because those get stored in suburban military bases…

Then there’s the plan, which is to strap it to his back and walk into the throat of the Sub-Mariner’s giant sea-monster, Giganto.

But best of all is this three-panel sequence featuring the long, lonely march of Ben Grimm. Barely visible against the destruction of of New York and the grotesque monstrosity that is Giganto. It’s an absolute favourite of mine.

Fantastic Four #4, page 18, panels 5-7

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #4 in our third episode: Super-Villain Cavalcade

Fantastic Four #4: Flame On 3

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2012 by quizlacey

Fantastic Four #4, page 12, panel 4

Writer: Stan Lee

Artist: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inker: Sol Brodsky

Uncredited Letterer: Art Simek

So, this is the first time that Johnny has full ignition following his traditional battle cry. I’m pretty sure that he has come to regret this specific instance, as mere seconds later he dropped the amnesiac Namor into the ocean, restoring his memory and setting him on a vendetta against humanity.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #4 in our third episode: Super-Villain Cavalcade

Fantastic Four #4: Reed’s Stretchy Body 5

Posted in Reed's Stretch Body with tags , , , , , , , on October 24, 2012 by quizlacey

Fantastic Four #4, page 11, panel 1

Writer: Stan Lee

Artist: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inker: Sol Brodsky

Uncredited Letterer: Art Simek

A lovely, large splash panel gives us our coverage for today. Normally I wouldn’t cover instances of Reed stretching out really far, but there are three reasons why I’m making an exception for this.

  1. I get to post a Jack Kirby splash panel.
  2. Kirby really works the perspective in this panel, giving it a a dizzying sense of vertigo.
  3. Reed stops a helicopter that is going about its business by holding onto its wheel.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #4 in our third episode: Super Villain Cavalcade

Fantastic Four #4: Flame On 2

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2012 by quizlacey

Fantastic Four #4, page 10, panel 5

Writer: Stan Lee

Artist: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inker: Sol Brodsky

Uncredited Letterer: Art Simek

The second ever FLAME ON! is our focus today, and the first notable thing about this panel is how similar it is in posing to the first ever one. Johnny is facing the camera, holding up his right hand, and igniting his index finger. The second notable thing is that, once again, his catchphrase is not accompanied by a full body ignition. Based on these first two usages, it would appear that FLAME ON! was initially a method for Johnny to control his flame at a minute level, rather than as a battle cry.

Oh, and the shaggy vagrant about to get a fiery shave? Why, it’s Namor, the Sub-Mariner.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #4 in our third episode: Super-Villain Cavalcade

Fantastic Four #4: It’s A Marvel Comic 2

Posted in It's a Marvel Comic with tags , , , , , , , on October 22, 2012 by quizlacey

Fantastic Four #4, page 8, panels 3-4

Writer: Stan Lee

Artist: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inker: Sol Brodsky

Uncredited Letterer: Art Simek

If you’re following the story of this issue through this blog, then… well, good luck with that. Johnny ends up reading Golden Age comics in a flop house. As you do. Coincidentally, it’s a comic featuring a bum from the flop house, who is actually Namor, the Sub Mariner.

Now, knowing everything that has happened since 1962, you have to wonder how history would have panned out if Johnny had picked up a copy of Captain America instead. Now, there’s a good idea for an issue of What If?

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #4 in our third episode: Super-Villain Cavalcade

Fantastic Four #4: Property Damage 7

Posted in Property Damage with tags , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2012 by quizlacey

Fantastic Four #4, page 6, panel 1

Writer: Stan Lee

Artist: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inker: Sol Brodsky

Uncredited Letterer: Art Simek

In this glorious splash panel from the arbitrary start to chapter 2 of this issue, Ben hoists a car above his head, ready to hurl it into Johnny’s body. The actual damage comes in the next panel, as he misses and the car crashes through the wall, destroying both the wall and the car. But this was such a nice panel, I couldn’t resist posting it, even if I had to bend the rules slightly to do so.

You’ve got to feel sorry for the guy who owns this garage, though. Since this series began, he’s had two walls and two cars belonging to customers completely wrecked because of his continued employment of Johnny Storm. Luckily for Johnny, this is comic-book-world, so instead of getting fired and sued for damages, he has a job for whenever he feels like turning up to do some work.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #4 in our third episode: Super-Villain Cavalcade

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