[identity profile] dr_hermes.insanejournal.com posting in [community profile] scans_daily
Figure this one out. It's a sequence from "The Return of Doctor Doom!" in THE FANTASTIC FOUR# 10, January 1963. Script by Stan Lee, art by Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers.




So. Alicia Masters is a talented sculptor (well, her father was the Puppet Master, so you can see how she grew up with the materials around her), despite the fact that she's blind. She touches people and things to get a sense of what they look like and carves statues that are quite accurate. So far, okay, not out of the limits of the possible and (by comic book standards, quite modest a claim).

Yet how does she create these little figurines of finks like Dr Doom, the Sub-Mariner, the Skrulls? The Fantastic Four had only met the Mole Man once at this point, certainly hadn't taken any photos of him.(The statuettes are in great poses, by the way, very expressive of the subjects' personalities). Did Ben talk her through the process? How long would that take? Weeks, months? ("Naw, honey, the Miracle Man's waist was slimmer...")

There's only one answer that makes sense to me. Despite the fact he had fingers as thick as cigars, with only three fingers and a thumb on each hand, Ben was actually the sculptor! He was using Alicia as a front, because he thought his artistic inclinations were too sissy for a guy in 1963...

Date: 2009-07-06 04:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blake_reitz.insanejournal.com
This was actually the explanation in Earth X, if memory serves. Her latent "mutation", a result of being born near all that highly radioactive clay, was the ability to "see" people as they would be without Celestial influence. It was a cool idea in a series that has several, and just went on wayyyy too long.

Date: 2009-07-06 05:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aaron_bourque.insanejournal.com
In Earth X, it turns out Earth is housing a gestating Celestial. That's why a) there are so many people with superpowers--to protect the organism; and b)Galactus was so damn interested in it--he's charged with preventing the Celestials with becoming too numerous, so he eats the worlds they grow in.

Date: 2009-07-06 07:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] perletwo.insanejournal.com
So the gestating Celestial = tasty nougat center?

Date: 2009-07-06 08:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aaron_bourque.insanejournal.com
Essentially. And, I could be misremembering, but I think the Terragin mists are basically waste product of the baby Celestial.

Date: 2009-07-06 08:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] perletwo.insanejournal.com
So the Inhumans have a Celestial amniotic fluid sauna? Ew. Ew. Ew.

Date: 2009-07-06 10:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arilou_skiff.insanejournal.com
Nah, the Terrigan Mists were created by the kree for some reason or other, the inhumans were basically parasiting off the gestating celestial somehow.

I believe they called them a foreign virus while the native superheroes were the Celestial's immune system.

Or something.

Date: 2009-07-07 01:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashtoreth.insanejournal.com
I don't get it. How's the Celestial making people look different? Why? And what do they really look like--Alicia makes realistic statues..

Date: 2009-07-06 04:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashtoreth.insanejournal.com
It all sounds like my wondering how Daredevil recognizes supervillains he's never personally met.

But what you're talking about actually isn't that different from what her stepfather does--whose power, we must never forget, is magic from Wundagore!

By the by, have you ever seen the movie Eyes Without A Face? I was astonished to realize that a recent Alicia story had ripped the movie off pretty blatantly.

Date: 2009-07-07 01:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashtoreth.insanejournal.com
No, that's the one. Watched it recently, but its pretty obscure French horror.

There was a Alicia and Puppetmaster story (shortly before he was killed by Ms. Marvel) where he kept murdering people and surgically removing their eyes and putting them in Alicia. Really wierd to watch the movie and imagine the two characters in the actors places.

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