Strange Tales #108: Flame On 34

Strange Tales #108, page 11, panel 1 Plot: Stan Lee

Script: Robert Bernstein

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Terry Szenics

We seem to come across them on almost every page of the comics we're currently covering on the show, but earlier in the run of the show, these widescreen panels by Jack Kirby were a real rarity. It's great to see him stretch what he can portray in the space of a panel, and this shot of carnival mascots coming to life is really rather fun to look at.

Unfortunately, this is also the point where both the plotter and the scripter forget everything established about The Painter so far in the book. It is spelled out pretty darn clearly that The Painter paints something, and it appears. Here, The Painter uses his powers to somehow animate an already-existing object. Is he painting fast enough to literally animate them? It's a very inconsistent approach to the villain.

Anyway, the point of this post is to catalogue yet another Flame On from Johnny, and here, letterer Terry Szenics treats it almost as an afterthought, extruding the out of the speech balloon and into the sky. Again, it's different, but not quite right.

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