Fantastic Four Annual #1: Flamin' 'Eck 27

Fantastic Four Annual #1, page 29, panel 6 Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

Even more Johnny, as we kick off another year of semi-regular bursts of posting!

Here, the idea is that Johnny has enough raw power and control over his flame to be able to burst down through quite a deep part of the ocean to a dormant undersea volcano, heating it up until it explodes. The resulting explosion showers Namor with rock and lava, giving Johnny an advantage in the fight.

Again, this is one of those uses of flame powers where I struggle to find a starting point with the ridiculousness of it all. How does Johnny know exactly where the volcano is? How can a hero who struggles with a light coating of dew summon enough power to blast down through a large volume of water (Namor has a submarine, so it can't be shallow water) as well as rock to cause the volcano to erupt? How does he justify the environmental impact of a forced volcanic explosion?

As we've become rather fond of saying on the show... it makes no sense!

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four Annual #1 on our sixteenth episode: The Best Of Annuals, The Worst Of Annuals.