|guy from cover of Action Comics #1 stars in Saturday Night Fever|
Panic is a funny word. It started as an adjective modifying words like fear, then became a noun unto its own a little over a century later. Add another several decades, and it becomes a verb.
It's also a good bellweather for the times: the phrase "panic attack" entered the language about 1970.
hmm, maybe I should have saved all this for a comic strip...