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So awful, it's great!,
This review is from: Essential Human Torch Volume 1 TPB: v. 1 (Paperback)
Unless you've got money to burn on these old Strange Tales back issues, you've probably never read these stories before. And it's pretty obvious why they've never been reprinted!
Most of the stories are corny, flag-waving, simplistic rubbish - but that's what makes them great! There's no deep Alan Moore writings, none of the weirdness of Grant Morrison, heck, there's little enough promise in there of the greatness that was to come from Lee/ Kirby.
Johnny Storm is the celebrity turn in his own version of smallville. In between constant mood swings as he tries to prove to the other members of the Fantastic Four that he's a grown-up, Johnny Storm fights the likes of Paste Pot Pete, Plantman and plenty of commies with dodgy tricks up their sleeve. The Thing later teams up with Hothead, and there's always plenty of FF action, not to mention the X-Men's Iceman. One disappointment is the Spider-Man team-up. Astonishingly bad art by penciller Jack Kirby and inker Steve Ditko!