Fantastic Four #17: The Humanity of Benjamin J. Grimm 7

Fantastic Four #17, page 14, panels 6-9 Story: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

Now, this is more like it. Doctor Doom is causing worldwide chaos, and the Fantastic Four are powerless to stop him, thanks to the giant floaty marshmallow men things, which recorded the Fantastic Four's... er... something, and made his ship invulnerable to them.

Reed comes up with a loophole - the human form of Benjamin J. Grimm, which should be able to pass the shields and lower them, allowing the rest of the team to board the skyship. Unlike last issue, where Ben's transformation felt like nothing more than a cheap gag and a space-filler, here it serves a valid plot function, getting the team into a direct confrontation with their nemesis.

Much better!

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