Archive for November, 2012

Strange Tales #101: Flame On 10

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2012 by quizlacey

Strange Tales #101, page 5, panel 3

Uncredited Writers: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber

Uncredited Artist: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inker: Dick Ayers

Uncredited Letterer: Art Simek

I had a few days away from the blog recently to deal with some personal stuff that came up. I’m back now, and we’re still in the middle of Johnny Storm’s debut solo strip in Strange Tales. Join me after the jump to find out why Johnny is flaming on. Continue reading

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Strange Tales #101: It’s… ASBESTOS 3

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2012 by quizlacey

Strange Tales #101, page 2, panel 3

Uncredited Writers: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber

Uncredited Artist: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inker: Dick Ayers

Uncredited Letterer: Art Simek

The asbestos madness continues in the very next panel! Continue reading

Strange Tales #101: It’s… ASBESTOS!!! 2

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2012 by quizlacey

Strange Tales #101, page 2, panel 2

Uncredited Writers: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber

Uncredited Artist: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inker: Dick Ayers

Uncredited Letterer: Art Simek

In his debut story in the anthology magazine Strange Tales, Johnny Storm hits a peak with the usage of asbestos to control the harmful side-effects of his flaming powers. Continue reading

The Fantasticast Episode Twenty-Four: An Enfant Terrible Is Not Literally A Terrible Infant

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2012 by quizlacey

Episode 24

No, it really isn’t. Except that this time it is. I messed up the uploading of this episode on Friday, but didn’t notice until Charlie Niemeyer pointed it out to me. Unfortunately, at that time I was in Leeds, 200 miles away from my laptop. I then found out that it’s nigh-on impossible to edit posts from my iphone, which is how the previous post popped up. Oh, and I’d linked to the wrong episode in that post anyway. So, basically, as far as the podcast goes, the weekend was a bit of a disaster.

So, whilst the internet was crying out for new Fantasticast, both Andy and I attended the annual Thought Bubble Convention in Leeds. Thought Bubble is a wonderfully friendly, small-scale convention that attracts a stellar guest-list that most cons would kill for. This year’s convention boasted Jason Aaron, Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera, Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Esad Ribic, Yanick Paquette, Charlie Adlard, David Hine, Doug Braithwaite, Sean Phillips, Eric Stephenson, Stephen Wacker, Anthony Johnson, Emma Riod, Phil Noto, Barry Kitson, Alison Bechdel, Scotty B, Pia Guerra, Becky Cloonan, Lee Garbett, Jock, and many more. Fiona Staples was also on the list, but an unfortunate bout of food poisoning kept her out of the convention for the weekend. So, yes, it’s a show that bats above its weight considerably with the quality of its guests.

Andy and I met for the first time. Former guest-host David Wynne provided me with an amazing piece of artwork (which I’ll pop up on here as soon as I find a scanner). Mark Waid signed plenty of Fantastic Four comics. Oh, I danced like crazy on the dancefloor with… well… anyone who was there.

Thought Bubble was amazing, basically… But more importantly, there was a new episode of The Fantasticast, finally.

Listen to the episode below, or click the image above to go to the libsyn page for the episode.

We are now available on Stitcher, both through Stitcher.com and through their app.

Send feeback to the show to fantastic4podcast@gmail.com or through the comments on this blog.

Episode Twenty-Four – An Enfant Terrible Is Not Literally A Terrible Infant

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2012 by quizlacey

Episode 24

No, it really isn’t.

Welcome to the twenty-fourth episode of The Fantasticast. This time around, Steve Lacey (20 Minute Longbox) and Andrew Leyland (Heykids Comics) take a look at Fantastic Four #24 (featuring the Infant Terrible) and Strange Tales #118 (featuring the return, again, of the Wizard). To our surprise, both of these issues are better than our admittedly low expectations had led us to believe.

Along the way, we read your emails, talk a bit about the imminent meeting of bodies and minds as we meet for the first time on Saturday at the Thought Bubble convention, and spend a bit of time discussing omnibuses and absolutes.

E-mail the show at fantastic4podcast@gmail.com. Check out the show’s blog at fantasticflameon.wordpress.com, with Steve’s review of Fantastic Four #1.

Listen to the episode below, or click the image above to go to the libsyn page for the episode.

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We are now available on Stitcher, both through Stitcher.com and through their app.

Send feeback to the show to fantastic4podcast@gmail.com or through the comments on this blog.

Review: Fantastic Four #1

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 16, 2012 by quizlacey

Fantastic Four #1

The age of the Hickman is over.

Marvel NOW has arrived.

Matt Fraction comes to the book, fresh from his lengthy and lauded run on Iron Man, and critical darling The Defenders. Mark Bagley arrives from the disappointing Avengers Assemble title.

With the shadow of the most impressive writer on the book in a decade cast across this relaunch, can Fraction and Bagley provide a fresh, interesting and fun take on the First Family of Marvel comics, or will this new number one sink under the weight of expectations?

Read on! Continue reading

Fantastic Four #7: Nova Time 2

Posted in Nova Time with tags , , , , , , on November 15, 2012 by quizlacey

Fantastic Four #7, page 17, panel 3

Fantastic Four #7, page 18, panel 4

Writer: Stan Lee

Artist: Jack Kirby

Uncredited Inker: Dick Ayers

Presenting… the fantastic fear of flaming fire! Continue reading

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