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Strange Tales #105: It’s… ASBESTOS!!! 6

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2013 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #105, page 7, panel 2

Strange Tales #105, page 7, panel 2

Plot: Stan Lee

Script: Larry Lieber

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

Yay, more asbestos!

As before, The Wizard’s house is full of traps designed to catch out an unwary fiery teenager. Top of the list is the trapdoor that drops down to an asbestos-lined dungeon. One hopes that The Wizard has learned from the US Army, who spectacularly failed to make an asbestos-lined cell fireproof way back in Fantastic Four #2.

Not that we get the opportunity to find out, as The Wizard has forgotten one key element of Johnny’s powers: that he can fly. I really do hope that as The Wizard graduates to the Fantastic Four and forms the Frightful Four, we discover exactly how his intelligence upgraded itself.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #105 on our ninth episode: Episode 9 – Patriotic Pedestrians Proceeding from Planet Poppup Prefer Poorly Produced Podcasts!

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Strange Tales #105: Flamin’ ‘Eck 13

Posted in Flamin' 'Eck with tags , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2013 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #105, page 5, panel 2

Strange Tales #105, page 5, panel 2

Plot: Stan Lee

Script: Larry Lieber

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

Ah, it’s another flame duplicate. My favourite power usage.

Actually, this one’s not too bad. Unlike previous uses, which have seen near-sentient duplicates battle villains, or follow them wherever they go, this one is designed to be a brief distraction and does nothing other than stand around. Of course, there’s the matter of what fuel is being used to keep the fire burning, but answers to such questions are in very short supply.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #11 on our ninth episode: Episode 9 – Patriotic Pedestrians Proceeding from Planet Poppup Prefer Poorly Produced Podcasts!

 

Strange Tales #105: Flame On 21

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2013 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #105, page 4, panel 6

Strange Tales #105, page 4, panel 6

Plot: Stan Lee

Script: Larry Lieber

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

If you’ve been reading Fantastic Four and FF over the past few years, you’ll know that Jonathan Hickman has done a great job positioning The Wizard as a highly-dangerous sociopathic anti-Reed Richards. So much so that Reed adopted a young clone of the Wizard just to ensure that another version of him wouldn’t come into the world, that some positive nurture would affect him and make him less of a risk to society.

Which is why it’s so hilarious to return to these early stories where the entire scope of the Wizard was to humiliate a 16 year old boy, all whilst sporting some of the worst facial hair ever seen in comics.

In this story, the Wizard escapes from jail and returns to his house, which he is able to shield from the police. He then broadcasts to the entirety of Glenville/dale (I forget which one it is) that he will battle the Torch to prove who is the better man. And, being a 16 year old boy, Johnny doesn’t see anything wrong with rushing head-first into battle.

Idiot.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #11 on our ninth episode: Episode 9 – Patriotic Pedestrians Proceeding from Planet Poppup Prefer Poorly Produced Podcasts!

Fantastic Four #11: Flame On 20

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 13, 2013 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #11, page 9 (again), panel 5

Fantastic Four #11, page 9 (again), panel 5

Script: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

Let’s try this again, shall we? Evil WordPress ate my last attempt at writing this post.

In this final excerpt from Fantastic Four #11, the team still haven’t conjured up any kind of plan to deal with the omnipotent shape-changing menace. So, they just attack him blindly with all of their powers. Which is why, when the Impossible Man takes to the skies, Johnny yells his catchphrase and gives chase.

Now, those of you reading this blog who are not seasoned comics readers may be looking at this panel and wondering to yourself, “Wow, there’s a distinct lack of backgrounds, walls and floors there. It’s almost as if this panel was rushed by Kirby and Ayers.” Well, the more experienced readers will, of course, recognise that for this panel only, the entire Fantastic Four have been shunted into the Phantom Zone. Or the white room from Invincible. Yeah, that’s it…

Sadly, none of the remaining panels from this issue are eligible for inclusion in the blog, so we are denied the enjoyment of watching an entire planet ignore the ADHD-ridden alien. My particular favourite is the shot of the boxers in the ring casually leaning against the ropes, yawning, whilst the Impossible Man desperately tries to get attention.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #11 on our ninth episode: Episode 9 – Patriotic Pedestrians Proceeding from Planet Poppup Prefer Poorly Produced Podcasts!

Fantastic Four #11: It’s… ASBESTOS!!! 5

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 12, 2013 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #11, page 6 (again), panel 5

Fantastic Four #11, page 6 (again), panel 5

Script: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

Yes, it’s been about three weeks since the last proper post. No, I don’t have an excuse.

Let’s get to it.

Today’s panel sees one of my favourite ever uses of asbestos. It’s so crazy you just have to love it.

The Impossible Man decides to go for a wonder, so he grows a pair of wheels, and an asbestos-coated buzzsaw pops out of his chest, keeping Johnny and the rest of the team at bay. This panel is so joyfully ridiculous that it’s impossible not to love.

Go on, just stare at it. I’ll be back tomorrow to distract you with another panel.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #11 on our ninth episode: Episode 9 – Patriotic Pedestrians Proceeding from Planet Poppup Prefer Poorly Produced Podcasts!

The Fantasticast Episode Thirty-Eight: Two Not-That-Fat Men On Fantastic Four

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 11, 2013 by quizlacey

Episode 38

Now, you all know Steve L’s not that much of a fat man

But did you know his favourite team is the FF?

The Family who punches dirty turkeys in the face.

That’s right, True Believer, punch all those turkeys. Pun ’em in their turkey necks.

So, every two weeks this not-much-of-a-fatty’s

Gonna chat about a foursome with his good friend Andy

And these turkeys get wordy ’bout New York like it’s a real place!

He hasn’t got a wife or daughter,

Malice is loose and Reed ain’t caught her

(Go get ’em, stretchy turkey, you on a villain hunt now)

Get ready turkeys, we goin’ crazy, chattin’ ’bout the Four with Andy and Steve!

Well, that was a different way to open the show…

This week sees a slightly-shorter-than-usual episode, for a few reasons. One is we’re only covering two comics this time around. Another is that Strange Tales doesn’t have a great deal going for it. And another is that Steve’s mic was creating some pretty bad sounds, so he edited the heck out of the episode to minimise its impact.

In Fantastic Four #34, the mysterious tyrannical tycoon Gideon tries to prove his superiority by defeating the Fantastic Four, whilst Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver call in on the Baxter Building in Strange Tales #128. Oh, and Avengers #12 is covered in about 30 seconds, which may be a new podcast record…

Listen to the episode below, or click this link to go to the libsyn page for the episode.

[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/ffcast/FF_Episode_38.mp3]

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

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

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