Strange Tales #106 features the Acrobat coming to town to make the Human Torch an offer to join up with him and become the Torrid Twosome. Naturally, the Acrobat appeals to the Human Torch’s vanity and points out that Mr. Fantastic takes all the glory and the money. Of course the promises of riches and fame is enough to lure the Human Torch away from the Fantastic Four. However is the Acrobat really what he seems to be?
Overall this issue wasn’t too bad, especially compared to the rest of the issues so far. The story was okay, with the exception of the ending. The artwork was also pretty well done. On the flip side, the whole lame attempt to explain the Human Torch’s secret identity away by saying the whole town already knew and just were respecting his privacy doesn’t work at all and makes the Human Torch look like an idiot. Also, what’s the deal with the Human Torch getting shot in a limb meaning he can’t flame on that limb? How does that work?
In the end Strange Tales #108 is worth a read, even if there isn’t much going on in regards to character or story progression.
- Editor: Stan Lee
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby
- Writers: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
- Pencilers: Dick Ayers
- Letterers: John Duffy