Fantastic Four #18: Reed's Stretchy Body 42

Fantastic Four #18, page 15, panel 7  

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

I think it's clear where the inspiration for this image comes from: Glaucomys sabrinus, the North American flying squirrel. Although the dialogue mentions Reed's body being a parachute, I much prefer him using his body to create a glider effect, as seen.

It's not an image or usage we've seen in the 50 issues since, sadly.

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