Fantastic Four #31: Flamin' 'Eck 55
Story by: Stan Lee (Who has never been more dramatic!)
Illustrations by: Jack Kirby (Who has never been more thrilling!)
Inking by: Chic Stone (Who has never been more realistic!)
Lettering by: S. Rosen (Who has never been more than an hour late!!)
When a lot of plot needs to happen, there often isn't room for tropes to make an appearance. In the intervening pages, a mysterious figure has arrived from space, taken the place of the incarcerated Franklin Storm (sending him to outer space for safe-keeping), broken free from prison, assumed the identity of the Invincible Man, and started attacking downtown New York.
How could this villain possibly be stopped? With giant flaming staves, that's how! Staves! Made of fire! With totally physical properties that prevent movement! For sure!
Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #32 on our thirty-sixth episode: John Byrne Quits Comics