Strange Tales #127 (Human Torch)
Issue(s): Strange Tales #127 (Human Torch story ony)
So when Johnny and Ben get out of line...
...Reed dresses up in an anonymous costume...
...and beats the crap out of them for the whole issue to prove that he is their superior...
...and that his orders require instant obedience.
The boys dutifully fall back in line.
Reed's villain arsenal includes, of course, liquid asbestos.
Stan Lee makes one of his Sloppy Seconds references.
It's mentioned in this story that at this point the Avengers don't have an official leader.
And here's a random Aunt Petunia reference which i submit for your analysis in light of the John Byrne revelation that Petunia is really a younger woman (no contradiction as far as i'm concerned).
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP places this between FF #30-31 and before FF annual #2, but because Johnny is shown returning home from this issue in Amazing Spider-Man #19, i've pushed this forward in publication time a bit. It's context free so that shouldn't be a problem.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Essential Human Torch
Johnny calls The Thing B.J. Is Ben's middle name something starting with J or is this a typo
Ayers is underappreciated. Moody pencils, if a little simplified, but he really does use lots of dramatic angles and interesting storytelling devices
Posted by: RobGranito_InTheHouse! | October 2, 2013 9:19 PM
Ben's middle name is Jacob.
Posted by: Michael | October 2, 2013 9:36 PM
The plot is similar to the cover story from BLACKHAWK #109, in which (spoiler warning) a villain called the Question Mark is revealed at the end to be Blackhawk, testing the other Blackhawks to see who could take over from him.
Posted by: Luke Blanchard | March 19, 2015 8:35 PM
In Planetary, Ben Grimm's counterpoint is named Jacob Green.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | October 30, 2016 8:00 PM
I meant counterpart not counterpoint.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | October 30, 2016 8:02 PM
I think Ben gets his middle name of Jacob from his uncle Jake Grimm, who was the husband of Aunt Petunia. Petunia (or Penny) was closer to Ben in age than she was to Jake. All or most of this was revealed much later, during the John Byrne run on Fantastic Four, but it had been long established that Ben's middle initial was "J.," as his name had often been written as "Benjamin J. Grimm" many times before this 1975 story was written.
Posted by: Holt | February 11, 2018 12:16 AM
Oops, I should have written "1964" instead of 1975 as the date of this story. (I had just linked to this story from 1975's Fantastic Four #154).
Posted by: Holt | February 11, 2018 12:25 AM
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