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Five Goofiest Moments in the Human Torch Feature in Strange Tales #106-110

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Every day this month will have the five goofiest moment from a five-issue stretch of a particular comic book run. Once a week it will be the ten goofiest moments of a ten-issue stretch. Here is a list of the moments featured so far.

Today we’re looking at the next five Human Torch stories from Strange Tales. All five issues were plotted by Stan Lee and inked by Dick Ayers. #106-107 were scripted by Larry Lieber while #108 and 109 was scripted by Robert Bernstein and #110 was scripted by Ernie Hart. Dick Ayers penciled #106-107 and #110 while Jack Kirby penciled #108-109.

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!).

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Johnny often had new powers. This one might not technically be a NEW power, but it is awfully odd looking (from #108)…


In #109, Johnny sees some cranky old guy known as “the sorcerer” yelling at some kids to get off of his property. Johnny decides to teach him a lesson..



I dunno about the logic of your position there, Johnny. It WAS his own property, after all. I guess Johnny doesn’t believe in the idea of private property. How did the John Birch Society fail to find out about this?!?

In #108, the bad guy is a painter with magic paint that makes things that he draws comes to life. Check out his exceptionally goofy origin…



5. This puff lives IN the sea!

This bit from #107 would be higher except that I think Namor actually debuted this power in a previous issue of the Fantastic Four…


Either way, it’s still pretty darn goofy!

4. “Yeah, that’s the ticket!”

I love Johnny’s over-elaborate explanation for why he can flame on right after being submerged underwater…


It’s like he’s trying to convince us of something he doesn’t even believe.

3. Overthinking things there a bit, Johnny…

In #108. the Painter’s plans appear to be a success…


but wait!!!


So, beyond how overly complicated Johnny’s plan is – why didn’t he just destroy the painter’s paint LAST NIGHT if he was in the painter’s hideout with the painter asleep?!?

2. Nice duds…

In #106, the Acrobat convinces Johnny that he should leave the Fantastic Four and join the Acrobat in the Torrid Twosome. Check out Johnny’s awesome costumes for the group…


A beret, Johnny?!? A beret?!?!

1. Johnny’s Identity Crisis…

As you know from last time around, one of the goofiest things about the early issues of Johnny’s solo stories is that Stan Lee decided that Johnny should have a secret identity, even after establishing that he didn’t in Fantastic Four.

Well, in #106, Lee decided to give in to the silliness of the idea…




Funny stuff.