Fantastic Four #18: Reed's Stretchy Body 43

Fantastic Four#18, page 20, panel 1 Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

This is it, the final panel from Fantastic Four #18. We've featured 13 panels from this comic, with big focus on Reed's Stretchy Body. So, it's appropriate that the final excerpt should be this unusual moment of elasticity.

Because the story is coming to a close, the Super Skrull is more susceptible to the attacks of the Fantastic Four, meaning that all Reed needs to do here is encase him from all sides. Forgetting that he can fly, the Skrull falls for it. What really draws the eye is the way that Reed creates the barrier. you might expect giant stretchy hands to emanate from Reed's relatively-normal arms, but no. Reed eschews traditional bipedal anatomy for a far strange form, with gigantic bingo wings linking up with his entire torso and lower body.

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