Top: from "The Last Days of Lois Lane!" in Lois Lane #27 (August 1961), script by Robert Bernstein, pencils and inks by Kurt Schaffenberger
Middle: from "Bride of Destruction!" in Detective Comics #510 (January 1982), script by Cary Burkett, pencils by José Delbo, inks by Joe Giella, colors by Tom Ziuko, letters by John Costanza
Bottom: from "The Invisible Crimes" in Detective Comics #138 (August 1948), script by Bill Finger (?), pencils and inks by Dick Sprang
You may remember a couple years ago when I announced that this humble little blog was the The Official Comics Blog of the 2012 Olympics! That was, until the International Olympics Committee caught me and told me to cut it out. So here's a completely unauthorized Winter Olympics Comic Book Blog!
"Winter Sports Champions of the World" PSA from The Adventures of Bob Hope #43 (February 1957), script by Jack Schiff, art by Ruben Moreira
It occurs to me I need to have a sub-section of KirbyTech designated Things for Ben Grimm to Lug Around, just so we can cover the class of mechanical and electronic objects that are really big, really heavy, and serve no true story purpose except that they are Things for Ben Grimm to Lug Around. For example: Reed Richards' Iconometric-Frammistat!
Panel from Fantastic Four (1961 series) #45 (December 1965), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Joe Sinnott, letters by Artie Simek
The Iconometric-Frammistat! We don't know what it does, do we? We get no clue from context: it's not being used in the story, simply cleared out to make room for Dragon Man (not to be confused with the television show Make Room for Daddy, although upon seeing each, Danny Thomas is known to have done a spit-take).Well, an iconometer can measure the distance at which something is if you know its size (or the size of it if you know its distance) through use of a measured lens or lenses. Iconometry is the art of doing this measuring-type stuff, and an iconometric object is one that does such measuring. A framistat (note the difference in spelling) is a nonsense word meaning "doohickey," "thingamajig," or "whatchamacallit." The variation "frammistat" seems rather lax of Reed, who generally gives his devices a double-barreled name that pins down its purpose squarely, but let's allow him this one, okay? So, a device for measuring distances or sizes: quite possible either galactic or microscopic, considering the scale of the machine. And Reed's warning not to shake it? Quite possibly a confirmation that there are lenses within it that need to be handled gently.
So there you go: the Iconometric-Frammistat!And it's a thing for Ben Grimm to lug around, too!
I hope you were here yesterday when I asked the musical question "How do you solve a problem like Victor von Doom?" "Is Reed going to use his totally cool Psionic-Refractor (which Dr. Doom stole) to battle the world's greatest psionic threat, Egg-FuOnslaught, exactly 300 issues later?
Panels from Fantastic Four (1961 series) #116 (November 1971), script by Archie Goodwin, pencils by John Buscema, inks by Joe Sinnott, letters by Artie Simek
And the answer is...well, not specifically. He's going to create a much more powerful machine, one which I like to guess was based on and improved over the Psionic-Refractor: the Neuromantic Disruptor!
Panel from Fantastic Four (1961 series) #416 (September 1996); script by Tom DeFalco; pencils by Carlos Pacheco; inks by Bob Wiacek and Harry Candelario; ink assists by Ariane Lenshoek, Craig Huston, and Ed Lazzelari; letters by Richard Starkings and Kolja Fuchs
Look out look out look out look out! (in my Shangri-Las impression)...the alien Over-Mind has invaded the Earth!
Panel from Fantastic Four (1961 series) #116 (November 1971), script by Archie Goodwin, pencils by John Buscema, inks by Joe Sinnott, letters by Artie Simek
In addition to his amazing tossin'-Kirby-Krackle powers, the Over-Mind is also the most powerful in the universe at mind control! (And, he came in second place twice in the Galactic Universal Conqueror Pageant, Metal Armor Division!) Since this is the era when Professor X has had his comic book cancelled out from underneath him the year before, the only one who can stop the Over-Mind is Reed Richards...the ever-elastic Mr. Fantastic! Oh, too late; he's already seized control of Reed's mind. Well, that'll happen.
So, who else can save the day? Deadpool? Dazzler? Devil Dinosaur? (Oh, we wish!) Nope...coming to our rescue is everybody's favorite hero, your friendly neighborhood Dr. Doom, armed with his powerful Psionic-Refractor!
It's true, Gentle Readers: with this post, Grover Groundhog Day III is now officially over.
Panel from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer #10 (December 1959), script by Sy Reit (?), pencils and inks by Rube Grossman(?)
Little Stuffed Me, Grover, Rudolph, Angel Love and all your favorites from GGD sure hope you've enjoyed today's excitement, and that you'll return next year for Grover Groundhog Day IV: The Quest for Peace!
Until then, you can count down the days using Rudolph's handy wall calendar for 1958! Hey, hey, hey, there, no complaining...because 1958's calendar is the same as 2014's! Grover Groundhog sez: have a dandy, shadow-filled year!
Here's why I want to live in Jack Kirby's world: because it's a world where an innocent-lookin' spiked multi-ton barbell...
Panels from Thor #173 (February 1970), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Bill Everett, letters by Artie Simek
...is actually The Government's Secret Dual Computer for National Defensein disguise.
More to the point, it's a world where The Government's Secret Dual Computer for National Defense looks like that. And as we all know, Jack Kirby predicted what military computers were going to look like in his future, our present, completely accurately.