Fantastic Four #18: Reed's Stretchy Body 41

Fantastic Four #18, page 12, panels 6-8Fantastic Four #18, page 13, panel 1

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

Yet more great examples of Jack Kirby's visual imagination when he gets the chance to cut loose with Reed's stretchy powers. The idea that the Super Skrull is pushing Reed to the absolute limits is conveyed brilliants across these four panels. First, in the sheers size of Reed's body in the third panel - he's got to be about 6 stories tall at this point. The motion lines around him really help convey the pressure and stress his body is dealing with.

But it's the delightful chaos of the final panel that nails all of the above. A cross between a snapped elastic band and a rapidly deflating balloon, Reed has rarely looked so outclassed and helpless.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #18 on our seventeenth episode: No Funny Title Springs To Mind