Based on page notes by Stan Lee, Sol Brodsky added the Thing's shadow to panel 1.
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Sounds like Lee asked Sol Brodsky to add that atypical shadow mass in panel one.
Gorgeous page despite Brodsky's poor job on the drop shadow.
I didn't notice until now but isn't it weird that there isn't a sound effect on the last panel?
There's probably no sound effect there because of the limited amount of dead space in the panel, and also because a sound effect, being read from left to right, would go in the opposite direction of the blast lines of the explosion, which are going from right to left. If the scene had been reversed somehow, with the Torch coming in from the right and the explosion radiating out from the left, a sound effect could have been placed more easily.