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Five Goofiest Moments in Fantastic Four #26-30

All May had the five goofiest moment from a five-issue stretch of a particular comic book run. Once a week there was the ten goofiest moments of a ten-issue stretch. Here is a list of the moments featured.

I figure it would be nice to get my FF moments to an even number, so we finish off this month of Goofiest Moments with a look at Fantastic Four #26-30, all scripted by Stan Lee, all penciled by Jack Kirby and inked by George Roussos (#26-27) and Chic Stone (#28-30).

As always, this is all in good fun. I don’t mean any of this as a serious criticism of the comics in question. Not only were these writers certainly never imagining people still reading these comics decades after they were written, great comics often have goofy moments (Kirby/Lee’s Fantastic Four is one of the best comic book runs of all-time and there were TONS of goofy stuff in those 100 plus issues!).


In #26, it is goofy enough to hear Torch describe Iron Man’s “transistorized magnetic repellent power”…

but it gets even goofier when Iron Man accidentally uses “too much magnetic intensity”…

I love it! If you throw enough combinations of words together, you’re bound to end up with something cool eventually!

(as an aside, that’s not how you spell repellent, right?)

Later in #26, we see a glimpse into Hank Pym’s women issues…

Earlier in #26, I really like Sue’s exclamation…

“Just like old times!”

Reed got sick THAT MORNING!!!

5. Ah yes, inner moisture…

I don’t think “inner moisture” works the way Namor seems to think it works in this bit from #27…

4. “And then they were saved by…let’s say Moe”

I always think of that episode of the Simpsons whenever I see stories that just seem to run out of room at the end…

I suppose that’s the danger of the Marvel Method. “Uhm, Jack, they’re still stuck in the jungles of Transylvania”…

3. Forget Invisible Girl, how about Unperceptive Girl?

In #29, the FF answers a challenge by the Yancy Street Gang, but are instead attacked by some familiar foes…

And yet somehow only ONE of the team manages to figure it out, even after all that. How do you forget that you fought a group of super-apes a few months back!?

The kicker, though, is when Red Ghost introduces himself…

check Sue’s reaction…

Just because your brain turns invisible doesn’t mean it isn’t still there, Sue!

2. What is up with superheroes and spanking?

In #28, Ben Grimm takes a turn…

1. Do you want some privacy, Reed?

Speaking of inner moisture, how goofy is this bit to open issue #27…

I’m just pleased that even Reed’s dirty thoughts are boring or else that scene could have gotten REALLY awkward for Sue and her kid brother (who, you know, Reed, are RIGHT BEHIND YOU IN A ROOM WITH A VIEW INTO YOUR LAB!!!).

Well, that’s it for Goofiest Moments Month! I hope you enjoyed it!



June 1, 2011 at 11:02 am

What cracks me up is that the Human Torch has bandages on, yet they are not catching fire. Reed must have created asbestos bandages just for this sort of occasion. Now we now the real reason Johnny died. It wasn’t a horde of aliens from the Negative Zone. It was cancerous growths on his forehead and arm. Damn you, Richards!

Yeah, they were indeed asbestos bandages.

My favorite part of that panel from #26, where the FF and Avengers are otherwise all bickering, is the Thing looking at Thor and saying “Hey Curly — is that getup of yours for real??” I remember I guffawed out loud when I first read that in that Greatest Superhero Battles book way back when, and it still brings a smile to my face now…

Ooh! Ooh! #26 is my favorite That’s the issue where Namor kidnaps Sue and Reed finds out and flips out and starts dismantling Atlantis and Ben and Johnny are all, whoa Reed, chill out, and Reed is all, screw you guys, and Ben and Johnny are all, seriously dude, that’s not cool, we can talk about this, and Reed is all the time for talk is over the time for my new Atlantis-destroying Ray is now! and Ben and Johnny are all we don’t want to use force Reed and Reed is all what exactly are you going to do, crush me? and Ben and Johnny are like crap, we’re totally outmatched here, and they go get Dr Strange of all people and Dr Strange is all Reed is serious guys, and Ben and Johnny are all, we know! and Dr Strange is all well my work here is done, and Ben and Johnny are all what are you talking about? you didn’t do anything! and Dr Strange is all oh didn’t I? and beams up, and anyway Reed and Namor get in a fight and fight basically to a draw and then Johnny and Ben think to go free Sue and Sue comes in and tells Reed to quit destroying everything Namor ever loved, and Reed says okay fine, and they leave.

Big Fat Heart

June 1, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Jeffwik: #27, actually.

So, if someone introduced Namor to some moisturizing cream, he couldn’t be stopped ever?

My favorite thing is that the Human Torch’s solution to all problems is melting stuff. I wasn’t aware until I read comics that burning molten metal is much safer than flying solid metal.

“Repellent” is the spelling I’ve always seen, but some dictionaries list “repellant” as an acceptable variation. I like to think Stan Lee bribed the editors of those dictionaries.

It strikes me that anyone who invents a thought-projector would probably have to add a “work-safe” mode; let’s hope that’s what’s going on with Reed there for Sue’s sake.

At least the Thing didn’t put Marvel Girl over his knee and proclaim “Papa spank!”

“And then they were saved by…let’s say Baron Hugo”.

Works for me.

“Just because your brain turns invisible doesn’t mean it isn’t still there, Sue!”

Aw, she’s just a dame, ya can’t expect too much from her. Just give a good spanking, that’ll learn her.

Jeffwik: That’s a pretty awesome synopsis, I have to say.

It looks like Sue had a slightly different hairstyle in each story. Was that intentional, or just inconsistency on Jack’s part?

These aren’t very goofy at all compared to the earlier stories.

Without actually looking them up, I think you’ll find “repellEnt” is the adjective, as in “that is repulsive, it is repellent”, and repellAnt is the noun, as in “I bought a can of propellant and a can of repellant”. If you know what I mean.

@Excronimuss: That’s what I thought, bvut a consultation of several dictionaries said otherwise. I found the whole thing rep…ulsive.

All of these are hilarious mostly because of the excessive amount of exposition given. I guess Stan wanted to make real sure everybody knew *exactly* what everything was about! Not to mention showing off his prose skills. ;) Today I chalk it up to artistic license eg. the stories happened but they never actually said those things.

And yeah, hearing The Thing making fun of other people’s appearance is priceless! :D

To whoever ensured that the baboon was always wearing pants while in frame: thank you.

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