Wednesday, September 15, 2010
FF Panels at Random # 1
For many years my all-time favorite comic book was FANTASTIC FOUR. I discovered it with the MARVEL COLLECTOR'S ITEM CLASSICS reprints in 1966 and first picked up the regular title during Johnny's search for the Great Refuge and Crystal! Throughout its long run, the FF has been a constant and splendiferous source of wonder and has generated some genuinely amazing art, plots and characters. Kirby, Buscema, Byrne, Ordway, Ryan, Weiringo, Davis, Pacheco...so many great comics artists showing off some of their best work here BUT...as you might imagine, from time to time there were some odd panels here and there. This occasional series will spotlight a few of them, starting with this Kirby shot from waaaaaaay back in issue 2. Here we see the teenage Johnny Storm, the Human Torch, capable of white hot firebursts and fighting intergalactic menaces, brandishing a rifle and seemingly threatening whoever has been impersonating him!