Fantastic Four #15: Reed's Stretchy Body 25

Fantastic Four #15, page 13, panel 3

Script: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

So, the Fantastic Four have split up. And whilst The Think takes advantage of a meteor strike to break into the Baxter Building, Reed is busy doing a spot of mechanical engineering... from the inside-out! (Yes, I know the caption tells us that it's an electronics lab, but that really looks like an engine). It's a throwaway gag visual, but it nicely sells us on the idea that Reed's time with his powers has moved his behaviour away from the conventional, socially acceptable norm. It doesn't bother him at all, or course, but it does reinforce the idea that Reed has moved beyond the idea of holding down a 'normal' job.

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