Fantastic Four #29: Yancy Street Pranks 7, 8 and 9
Written with a dash of greatness by: Stan Lee
Drawn with a hint of glory by: Jack Kirby
Inked with a touch of drama by: Chic Stone
Lettered with a bottle of india ink by: S. Rosen
I'll try my hardest not to post full, consecutive pages of these comics. Splash pages seem like fair game, story pages less so. However, I'm doing this today because this is the first time the Yancy Street Gang has taken on the entire Fantastic Four. As I'm sure anyone reading this knows, the Yancy Streeters focus their attentions on Ben Grimm, but it's clear here that if the FF head onto their turf, then the entire team become fair game.
So, in short order, we get a trashcan, a pail of water, and some sneezing powder (purchased, no doubt, from the small ads in any Marvel Comic!) used to see the heroes off. It's a scene that works really well. None of the pranks are truly offensive, none are illegal. Kirby and Stone enjoy the physicality of the humour, from a bedraggled Johnny to a hopping Ben.
Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #29 on our thirty-second episode: Now With Genuine People Personalities