Fantastic Four #15: Flame On 35

Fantastic Four #15, page 2, panel 6 Script: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

Thankfully, the antics of The Painter are well and truly behind us. I can't stand villains with ridiculously over-complicated schemes and powers whose assumed name is a brief description of what they do. So, let's move on to Fantastic Four #15, featuring - The Thinker! Oh, bugger...

I'll get onto why I dislike The Thinker in a future post, as today we're dealing with an early panel from the book. It's only the second time that the book has opened with a series of scenes depicting the members of the team off living their lives, only to be summoned to the Baxter Building by a flare. It's a great little device that easily sets up the characters before bringing them together.

Here, Johnny's out on one of the last pre-Dorrie dates with a poor, quickly-abandoned young lady named Peg. I think his Flame On is as much about igniting his fire as it is about showing off to her. Enjoy it whilst it lasts, Johnny - Dorrie will not be a fan of your showing off!

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #15 on our thirteenth episode: The Thinker's Fantastical Predictions!