Fantastic Four #30: Reed's Stretchy Body 79

Fantastic Four #30, page 1
Fantastic Four #30, page 1

Fantasticast Four #30: Reed's Stretchy Body 79

Written by: Stan Lee (A rather nice writer)

Illustrated by: Jack Kirby (A quite noteworthy artist)

Inked by: Chic Stone (A somewhat nifty inker)

Lettered by: Art Simek (An occasionally neat letterer)

I have no idea what's going on with Reed on this page. On first glance, it's pretty simple - he's using his stretching powers to get above the undergrowth to see ahead. But on closer look, things just don't seem right. Reed's belt line is depicted as being below Sue's crotch, when he's normally depicted as being taller than her. So, should I presume that in order to stretch his upper body, Reed had to shrink his lower?

Normally, Reed maintains the general proportions of his body whilst stretching. If using his body to bridge the gap between two skyscrapers, his belt line will remain at the middle of his body, and his limbs will maintain similar sizes. I'm really not sure why he's chosen to ignore those proportions here - just look at the difference in size between his two arms - but it's unsettling to see him break the 'rules' of his stretching.

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