Strange Tales #107: Flame On 27

Strange Tales #107, page 5, panel 2 Plot: Stan Lee

Script: Larry Lieber

Art: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

After a few well-earned days off, I find myself hankerin' for a picture of a teenage boy self-immolating whilst flying, with no harmful effects. And, surprisingly enough, that's exactly what I get.

The ridiculous conceit that Johnny's flame would randomly run out without warning came into play once again this issue. Out for a flaming joyride, Johnny finds himself out over the sea, flameless. Landing on a handy ship, he is put to work by the sceptical sailors until the mists creep in, forcing Johnny to re-flame and help them out.

I love the sailor's surprised reaction to the fact that they had the Human Torch aboard all this time - "Well, I'll be! And we had 'im manicurin' the deck!". Larry Lieber's wonderful wordplay creating a great piece of speech.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #107 in our eleventh episode: Red? Yes! Communist? Yes! Russian? No!