Jul 5, 2021

Episode 46: Superhero labor laws? (Strange Tales #106) -- Mar 1963

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Edward Nevraumont
What if... the Marvel Universe was real? In 1961 the Fantastic Four revealed themselves to the world and everything changed. Mike and Ed discuss the in-universe implications of super powers, aliens, monsters and more. From how Avenger Insurance will pay for Thor's property damage to why Spider-man needs a new PR agency, its comic books discussions in a whole new way. Every issue covered in the Marvel Universe from the very beginning. Full backstory on every episode with transcripts at www.SuperSerious616.com
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In this episode:

Mike and Ed discuss Johnny Storm’s first solo press conference, and how Reed Richards is running the Fantastic Four’s finances. How are governments paying the Four, and why isn’t Johnny being compensated for his labor?

Strange Tales comic books issue 106

In this issue:

Johnny Storm is practicing his torching skills outside of the town of Glenville. He returns home from practice to see that Carl Zante, the self-described world’s greatest acrobat, is keen to join forces with Johnny as a crime fighting duo “the Torrid Twosome”, promising fame and fortune to the young superhero. Johnny, who does not seem to be making any money from his time with the Fantastic Four, mulls over Carl’s offer. Johnny then quits the Fantastic Four, sews himself a new costume, and joins up with Carl. Their first mission is to rescue a teller at the Glenville bank who is locked in a vault. Johnny burns through the vault, whereupon he is betrayed by Carl, who douses him with liquid asbestos. Fortunately for Johnny, Carl’s gun jams before he can execute the young hero. Johnny’s former Fantastic Four teammates then show up and put Carl in his place, giving Johnny the opportunity to capture Carl himself. Johnny then rejoins the Fantastic Four with a new appreciation for his teammates.

Assumed before the next episode:

The gossip columns are full of speculation about the Fantastic Four and whether they will continue as a team.

This episode takes place:

After Carl Zante has been arrested for his crimes.