Fantastic Four #12: Flame On 22

Fantastic Four #12, page 7, panel 4 Script: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

We continue small step backwards in the development of the Human Torch's signature catchphrase in today's panel from Fantastic Four #12.

We've got quite used to a triumphant FLAME ON! being given prominence on the page. Its own speech balloon, often with a thicker or jagged edge, significantly larger font, orange or red fill. It's become an occasion to look forward to in the narrative. Which is why this one just seems to be a bit lacklustre, struggling for room in its own panel, and not standing out in the context of the page at all.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #12 in our tenth episode: Hulk? Smash!