Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Ben Grimm Totally Rocks! Reason #13

I haven't done one of these in a while. So, without further ado:

Why does Ben Grimm totally rock?

13. Not only is he polite and considerate of those cooking for him, he also enjoys one of the finest foods ever created in this mortal world: pamcakes!:
Ben Grimm #13


Long before another hero who totally rocks sunk his big choppers into pamcakes, Ben Grimm was chowing down and keeping up his amazing strength through the mighty alchemy of golden hotcakes, rich creamery butter and pure Vermont maple syrup. May we all have such high regard for the power of nature's perfect food: the pamcake. And now you know...another reason why Ben Grimm totally rocks.

Scan from Fantastic Four #67. Want to know more reasons Ben Grimm totally rocks? Here ya go, true believer!


3 comments:

PAUL SAETHER said...

hi bully
i've tried to send this off to you many times and i'm unsure whether it's got through and you've ignored it or if i am just crap at using the internet.

i'll try one more time:

in Fantastic Four #27, on page 15, panel 2 Ben says to reed:

"OKAY TALL MAN! BUT HOW'S ABOUT GIVIN' ME SLOPPY SECONDS?"

please tell me that ben is simply asking for more pamcakes smothered in syrup.

that is not what 'SLOPPY SECONDS' means here in the U.K. though.

I would hate to pollute your little Bovine mind by telling you what it does mean!

Paul Saether.

Bully said...

Hi Paul! No, I hadn't gotten that message from you before, sorry! But yikes! Like I said about tentacle rape when I mentioned it in last week's reviews, I'm not certain I'm s'posed to know what sloppy seconds are. Knowing both Stan and Ben Grimm, it's prob'bly an unfortunate colloquialism that means something more specifically dirty now than it did at the time Stan wrote it.

Besides, Benjy, while an enthusiastic eater, is very neat, even for second helpings!

(Thanks, Paul...that's one for the "did they really mean that?" book!)

PAUL SAETHER said...

yeS Bully, i'm sure you are right about stan not thinking about the stuff he was writing (so incredibly rapidly) back then.
That would explain how the following series of comments found their way into the Galactus Trilogy:

WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH STAN’S MIND AT THE TIME HE WROTE THIS? - APART FROM INSECTS THAT IS:


REED: “He’s treating us like
bothersome GNATS!”

JOHNNY: “So you think we’re just a pack of INSECTS, huh?”

GALACTUS: “You puny human GNATS…!”

JOHNNY: “He turned his back to me…
the same way I’d ignore a
FLEA!”

JOHNNY: “I just realised how a
MOSQUITO must feel when
someone swats it!
Galactus made a MONKEY*
out of me!”

BEN: “That fog-horned fink has been
treatin’ us like a buncha
INSECTS!”

GALACTUS: “Puny space INSECT!”

GALACTUS: “Irritating MITES!”

REED: “He’s throwing us off as easily
as you’d brush off a FLY!”

GALACTUS: “Would you hesitate to tread
upon an ANT hill?”

JOHNNY: “We’re like ANTS…
just ANTS …!!”


* NOT TOO SURE HOW THE MONKEY CREPT IN
AMONGST THIRTEEN (!)INSECT
REFERENCES,BUT ITS INCLUSION
SURE ADDS TO THE ODDNESS OF THE
SEQUENCE DOES IT NOT?

DO YOU THINK STAN/JACK WAS ‘ON’
SOMETHING AT THE TIME OF WRITING?
WHAT, EXACTLY, IS A ‘FOG-HORNED
FINK’?)

- AND NOTE: NOT A SINGLE REFERENCE TO
RUMIN...ANTS (RUMINANTS - GEDDIT?)

paul saether