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Amazing Spider-Man #8: Flamin’ ‘Eck 35

Posted in Flamin' 'Eck with tags , , , , , , on May 16, 2014 by quizlacey
Amazing Spider-Man #8, page 21, panels 3-4

Amazing Spider-Man #8, page 21, panels 3-4

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: Steve Ditko

Lettered by: S. Rosen

The completely spurious battle continues, with Jack and Steve using visual imagination to create interesting-looking things for the two heroes do, and Stan doing his best to keep up (and over-writing a little).

It’s the flaming buzzsaws, a slightly more reasonable use of Johnny’s powers. These are, for all intents and purposes, fireballs with a different shape. No homing abilities, no fancy flame colours, and no intelligence. It almost – but not quite – gets a pass from me. Just how does he prevent the flames from losing the definition on the teeth of the blades?

Check out our coverage of Amazing Spider-Man #8 on our twenty-second episode: Going Underground.

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Amazing Spider-Man #8: Flame On 54

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , on May 15, 2014 by quizlacey
Amazing Spider-Man #8, page 20, panel 3

Amazing Spider-Man #8, page 20, panel 3

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: Steve Ditko

Lettered by: S. Rosen

The seldom-used team of Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko reunite for this 6-page backup strip in Amazing Spider-Man #8. It’s an unusual strip, where Spider-Man acts like a massive dick for no reason other than to mess with Johnny Storm. Marvel seemed pretty keen to push the idea that their two teenage super-heroes were not-so-friendly rivals, but never really came up with a reason why they would be so antagonistic towards each other.

So, we have Spider-Man gatecrashing a party hosted by Johnny, before goading him into a four-page wacky fight scene where he manages to piss off pretty much everyone at the party to prove how he’s so much better than the Human Torch. Yeah, right…

Anyway, we get an unusual Flame On, where it seems that Johnny is unbuttoning his shirt whilst igniting. I guess his party shirt wasn’t made from unstable molecules…

Check out our coverage of Amazing Spider-Man #8 on our twenty-second episode: Going Underground.

Strange Tales Annual #2: The Moment That Made Steve Walk Off

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 31, 2014 by quizlacey
Strange Tales Annual #1, page18, panels 1-2

Strange Tales Annual #1, page18, panels 1-2

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inking: Steve Ditko

Lettering: Art Simek

So, this is the moment that made me walk off the show (thankfully, towards the very end of the story, so Andy and Jon weren’t left high and dry for too long). I’ve always found the idea that roller skates popping out of shoes make someone uncatchable to be pretty ridiculous. For the record, it’s my least favourite of Iron Man’s gadgets. The guy can fly – why does he need roller skates?

Here, a master of disguise also turns out to be a master of a miniaturisation technology, as he fits perfectly balanced wheels, a control system and actual rocket propulsion into a standard pair of shoes. To catch him, Spider-Man once again makes a connection with the speed force and overtakes him. Instead of, say, webbing him.

Stan, Jack and Steve were fairly straight-laced, but it’s hard not to imagine that this issue was cooked up after a heavy night of drinking, or some specialist smoking…

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales Annual #2 on our sixteenth episode: The Best Of Annuals, The Worst Of Annuals. It’s the one where Steve walks out over the utter ridiculousness of the story, leaving the show in the hands of Andrew and guest-host Jon M. Wilson.

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Strange Tales Annual #2: Flame On 45

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , on January 30, 2014 by quizlacey
Strange Tales Annual #2, page 9, panel 6

Strange Tales Annual #2, page 9, panel 6

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inking: Steve Ditko

Lettering: Art Simek

I walked out of the coverage of this annual in protest at the levels of ridiculousness achieved in the story. Of all the issues of Strange Tales, this is the one I want to re-read the least. And so, I’m sitting here, writing about this panel without a single clue as to why Spider-Man and the Torch are ready to beat the tar out of each other.

I think it’s something to do with a bank robber, but let’s face it, there are more than enough of those even in the nascent Marvel universe. I was reading Daredevil #25-26 and Amazing Spider-Man #46 for my ancillary reading for the show, and in all three issues we get super-villain origins that involve breaking into safes or bank vaults.

Anyway, there’s some sort of tenuous plot that leads to Johnny crying out his catchphrase.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales Annual #2 on our sixteenth episode: The Best Of Annuals, The Worst Of Annuals. It’s the one where Steve walks out over the utter ridiculousness of the story, leaving the show in the hands of Andrew and guest-host Jon M. Wilson.

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Strange Tales Annual #2: Flamin’ ‘Eck 29 (WTF Spidey Edition)

Posted in Flamin' 'Eck with tags , , , , , , on January 29, 2014 by quizlacey
Strange Tales Annual #2, page 7, panel 2

Strange Tales Annual #2, page 7, panel 2

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inking: Steve Ditko

Lettering: Art Simek

So, how does Spider-Man deal with Johnny’s flame duplicates? Why, by using his super-speed to run away really fast. And not in a straight line, either. Why run very quickly in one direction when you can rapidly change direction for no real reason at all.

Seriously, super speed? I know Spider-Man was a fairly new character at this point, but with the series artist providing inks, and the series writer writing, did nobody think to send the pages back to Jack with a polite ‘thank, but no thanks’ and a request for a redraw?

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales Annual #2 on our sixteenth episode: The Best Of Annuals, The Worst Of Annuals. It’s the one where Steve walks out over the utter ridiculousness of the story, leaving the show in the hands of Andrew and guest-host Jon M. Wilson.

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Strange Tales Annual #2: Flamin’ ‘Eck 29

Posted in Flamin' 'Eck with tags , , , , , , on January 28, 2014 by quizlacey
Strange Tales Annual #2, page 6, panel 6

Strange Tales Annual #2, page 6, panel 6

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inking: Steve Ditko

Lettering: Art Simek

What have I done to deserve this? I’ve stated time and time again that my least favourite crazy power of Johnny’s is to create fire duplicates of himself to confuse an enemy (or, once, to track an enemy). Here, he not only does this, but he states the plan – to confuse Spider-Man. Presumably this will work until Spidey hits one of them and his fists pass right through them. Of course, if Johnny doesn’t shut up, it’ll be pretty easy to work out which is the real one.

Thankfully Johnny is the only person displaying crazy powers in this issue and there definitely won’t be a post tomorrow detailing Spider-Man’s new powers.

Oh no.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales Annual #2 on our sixteenth episode: The Best Of Annuals, The Worst Of Annuals. It’s the one where Steve walks out over the utter ridiculousness of the story, leaving the show in the hands of Andrew and guest-host Jon M. Wilson.

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Strange Tales Annual #2: Flame On 45

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , on January 27, 2014 by quizlacey
Strange Tales Annual #2, page 5, panel 4

Strange Tales Annual #2, page 5, panel 4

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inking: Steve Ditko

Lettering: Art Simek

I mentioned a few posts ago how rare Steve Ditko inking Jack Kirby was, and this annual is (I think) the final instance of the two working together. With Amazing Spider-Man going monthly, with Ditko slowly taking over plotting the strip, the need to provide inks to maintain a regular paycheck (presumably) lessened to the point where it just wasn’t a requirement.

This lovely close-up of Johnny presents a much softer face than Ditko would provide by himself, and with a lighter touch than Ayers would give to the same pencils. I rather like it, and it’s an interesting view into another world where circumstances meant that Ditko’s inking would be more common than we saw in ours.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales Annual #2 on our sixteenth episode: The Best Of Annuals, The Worst Of Annuals. It’s the one where Steve walks out over the utter ridiculousness of the story, leaving the show in the hands of Andrew and guest-host Jon M. Wilson.

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