Fantastic Four #19: Reed's Stretchy Body 45

Fantastic Four #19, page 7, panel 3 Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: S. Rosen

Now, this is what Ben Hur should have looked like.

Ignoring the fact that there is nothing keeping Reed's torso in a fixed position rather than just rotating with his limbs, this is a great panel. Kirby put a lot of fun and energy into the action scenes the last time the Fantastic Four travelled back in time, and now, perhaps spurred by box office success of Cleopatra, the battle sizzle.

There's a word for this kind of enjoyable fun that doesn't demand to be taken too seriously: romp. This issue is a total romp, and I hope the tropes will allow for plenty of panels to be shared from this story.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #19 on our eighteenth episode: Pharoahs And Plants, Spiders And Soldiers

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