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Fantastic Four #16: Flame On 38

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , on September 30, 2013 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #16, page 10, panel 6

Fantastic Four #16, page 10, panel 6

Script: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

Today’s Flame On is redundant. Completely and utterly.

In the preceding panels, Johnny has set fire to the wieners of his friends, and done fiery sky-writing. Just how much of him at this point is not alight and thus would ignite with a flourish when he cries his catchphrase?

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #16 on our fourteenth episode: The Return of Doctor Doom

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Fantastic Four #16: Property Damage 14

Posted in Property Damage with tags , , , , , , on September 29, 2013 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #16, page 9, panel 6

Fantastic Four #16, page 9, panel 6

Script: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

I may have forgotten to mention in Friday’s post that Reed forces his potion onto Ben whilst he’s doing some spring cleaning, holding a piano a couple of feet into the air. Well, it turns out that when you turn Ben back to his human form, he loses a lot of his strength. And the Fantastic Four lose their pianoforte.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #16 on our fourteenth episode: The Return of Doctor Doom

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The Fantasticast Episode Fifty-One: Agents of F.O.U.R.

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , on September 28, 2013 by quizlacey

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Yes, the episode title is a blatant piece of attention-grabbing, what with the release of the TV show.

This week, we welcome back Charlie Niemeyer to the show. Host of Superman In The Bronze Age and Charlie’s Geekcast, and co-host ofStarman Observatory, Charlie is just the guy we wanted to have sit around whilst Steve summarises this week’s issue!

And what an issue. Having been teased with Gorgon last week, we now get a full bevy of Inhumans this week. Crystal. Lockjaw. Karnak. Triton. Black Bolt. Kirby’s opened up his imagination and letting everything spill out.

Along the way, we find time to do the Ninja Rap, have a gimp on the show, and sing the Dogtanian theme.

Listen to the episode below, or click this link 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 feedback to the show to fantastic4podcast@gmail.com or through the comments on this blog.

Fantastic Four #16: The Humanity of Benjamin J. Grimm 6

Posted in The Humanity Of Benjamin J. Grimm with tags , , , , , , , on September 27, 2013 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #16, page 9, panels 3-5

Fantastic Four #16, page 9, panels 3-5

Script: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

It’s been a very long time since we’ve seen Ben pop back to human form. I wonder if he’s forgotten what his regular face looks like?

Today’s transformation comes in the middle of a spot of spring cleaning. It’s probably the most typical sort of transformation for Ben. Reed has concocted a potion or serum that he happily feeds Ben without any concerns as to its side-effects, carcinogenic contents, any allergies Ben may have, etc.

As we all know by now, these transformations rarely stick, although it’s a full three pages before we see Ben as The Thing again. Rather unusually, the transformation back happens off panel, and not a single member of the team comments on it.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #16 on our fourteenth episode: The Return of Doctor Doom

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Fantastic Four #16: Flame On 38

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , on September 26, 2013 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #16, page 4, panel 2

Fantastic Four #16, page 4, panel 2

Script: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

Another new issue of Fantastic Four, another fiery Flame On from Johnny Storm. We’ve reached the first two part story in the Fantastic Four, a moment of real change not only for the title but for Marvel comics. So many of the classic stories of the 1960s are multi-part epics. The Sleepers, The Eternity Saga, Spider-Man No More, The Master Planner, The Galactus Trilogy. The history of Marvel comics would have been very different if Stan and his collaborators hadn’t wanted to push stories beyond the 22 pages of a single issue.

Appropriately enough, the first multi-part story for the Fantastic Four features the team being menaced by Doctor Doom, who starts his campaign of terror by randomly shrinking members of the team. OK, it’s a very different form of terror from any that he might have used in the future. But when an issue opens with Johnny almost falling into an engine fan and getting chopped to pieces, it’s certainly a high-stakes start to the adventure.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #16 on our fourteenth episode: The Return of Doctor Doom

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Strange Tales #109: Flame On 37

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , , on September 25, 2013 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #109, page 13, panel 3

Strange Tales #109, page 13, panel 3

Plot: Stan Lee

Script: R. Berns

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Marty Epp

Gosh, that didn’t take long at all. This story was so dull that I couldn’t even drag any of the normal tropes out of it, apart from this brief fiery moment from the final page.

That’s a fire demon from Pandora’s Box there, but I’m not going to tell you why it’s out of the box as that would require re-reading an issue of Strange Tales that I had completely forgotten about.

And I’d like it to stay that way.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #109 on our thirteenth episode: The Thinker’s Fantastical Predictions!

Strange Tales #109: Flame On 36

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2013 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #109, page 3, panel 5

Strange Tales #109, page 3, panel 5

Plot: Stan Lee

Script: R. Berns

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Marty Epp

Is it me or does Johnny look… different? I’m pretty sure it’s not me.

This is the last issue of Strange Tales to be drawn by Jack Kirby for a little while, and I think, looking at the art across this story, that he was providing little more than layouts at this point. A lot of the faces look very un-Kirby, and it seems fairly clear to me that Ayers is shouldering the lion’s share of the work for this issue.

Anyway, it’s another Flame On, and it comes in one of the most forgettable issues of Strange Tales ever. The story of the Sorceror and Pandora’s Box (insert New 52 joke here) is so bland that I’m going to try and not mention it at all during the panels from this issue.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #109 on our thirteenth episode: The Thinker’s Fantastical Predictions!

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