Strange Tales #108: Flame On 32

Strange Tales #108, page 2, panel 2 Plot: Stan Lee

Script: Robert Bernstein

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Terry Szenics

It's business as usual in the town of Glenville. Or is it Glendale? Two months-or-so after we finished covering Strange Tales, I really can't remember. And I really can't be bothered to look it up either. Anyway, a truckload of precious furs has been stolen, which begs the question - what building or establishment in Glenville/dale sold or manufactured enough furs of a previous variety that they could fill a van full? Yes, I know it's a shorthand trope to draw Johnny into action as quickly as possible, but still...

Anyway, new letterer Terry Szenics - the first credited female in Marvel super-hero comics - gives us something a little different with her rendition of Johnny's catchphrase. Note the spiky arms on the 'F' and 'E', contained in a rare spiky speech bubble. Such things were not in vogue at Marvel, and went against the house style, which may explain why she never joined the ranks of Silver Age Marvel letterers (well, both of them at least...)

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #108 on our twelfth episode: HYPNOFISH!!!