Wednesday, January 22, 2014

365 Days of KirbyTech, Day 22: The NYPD's All-Purpose Blaster

Well, whatdayaknow, as Ben Grimm might say. No sooner had I posted last night's look at Kirby-designed armaments for the New York Police Department and posed the musical question "where do they get those wonderful toys?," than I remembered a panel from Fantastic Four which explains it, like Clarissa, all for you. New York's Finest got it from...where else? Mr. Fantastic. Oh, he's always doin' that.

Panel from Fantastic Four (1961 series) #65 (August 1967), co-plot and script by Stan Lee, co-plot and pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Joe Sinnott, letters by Artie Simek

Say, pretty nifty! But...All-Purpose? Hmmm, is it really? Can it make toast? Can it mow the lawn? Can it take your dog out for a walk? Can it rub gum and chew its belly at the same time?

The answer, of course, since it has been designed by Jack Kirby, is yes.

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