Archive for October, 2013

The Fantasticast Episode Fifty-Four: The Coming Of Galactus

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , on October 19, 2013 by quizlacey

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MY JOURNEY HAS ENDED

THIS PLANET SHALL SUSTAIN ME UNTIL IT HAS BEEN DRAINED OF ALL ELEMENTAL LIFE

SO SPEAKS… GALACTUS!

With these words, so ends the first part of a three-part story regarded by many as the peak of Marvel’s 1960s comics.

Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland tackle Fantastic Four #48, wrapping up the opening story in the saga of the Inhumans, and introducing the Silver Surfer and Galactus to the Marvel Universe.

‘Nuff said!

Don’t forget to let us know your favourite under-rated Fantastic Four stories!

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

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LQotM Reminder:

Posted in Listener Question Of The Month with tags on October 18, 2013 by quizlacey

On our latest episode, we launched our first Listener Question of the Month.

We rightly laud certain runs on the title – Lee/Kirby, Byrne, Waid/Wieringo, Hickman. But there are plenty of creators, stories and mini-series that don’t necessarily get the attention that they deserve.

So, this month, we’re asking you to give us your favourite FF stories that you think may have not got the attention that they deserve. You might be a fan of Len Wein and George Perez. You may think that there’s something rarely seen in Tom DeFalco and Paul Ryan’s time on the book. You might be a fan of Heroes Reborn, or feel that Paul Cornell’s Fantastic Four: True Story mini-series somehow escaped attention.

Whatever your favourites are, do let us know. On one of our November episodes, we’ll run down what’s been nominated and the reasons why, and see if we can’t put a bit of focus onto these stories.

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Fantastic Four #17: Reed’s Stretchy Body 31

Posted in Reed's Stretch Body with tags , , , , , , on October 17, 2013 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #17, page 17, panel 6

Fantastic Four #17, page 17, panel 6

Story: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

This is such a lovely panel, even if pretty much nothing about it makes sense.

On board Doom’s flying airbase, the Four split up and are faced with deadly traps. Reed is trapped in a room that is filling with quick-setting cement, and survives only by threading himself through the air pockets until he is able to squeeze his way out from under the door.

We’ll ignore the aerodynamic possibilities of any flying vehicle having a cement-filled compartment, naturally, and focus on the air pockets. As we all know, cement is well-know for being riddled with air pockets – it’s this very lack of structural integrity that make is such a good construction material. Why does Reed need to stretch through them? There’s plenty of air in the part of the room not filled with cement, and surely if the cement hardens, he’ll have a harder time extracting his over-stretched body from it…

Don’t forget to let us know your favourite under-rated Fantastic Four stories!

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #17 on our fifteenth episode: Whence Came The Man of Asbestos

[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/ffcast/Episode_15.mp3]

 

Fantastic Four #17: The Humanity of Benjamin J. Grimm 7

Posted in The Humanity Of Benjamin J. Grimm with tags , , , , , , on October 16, 2013 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #17, page 14, panels 6-9

Fantastic Four #17, page 14, panels 6-9

Story: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

Now, this is more like it. Doctor Doom is causing worldwide chaos, and the Fantastic Four are powerless to stop him, thanks to the giant floaty marshmallow men things, which recorded the Fantastic Four’s… er… something, and made his ship invulnerable to them.

Reed comes up with a loophole – the human form of Benjamin J. Grimm, which should be able to pass the shields and lower them, allowing the rest of the team to board the skyship. Unlike last issue, where Ben’s transformation felt like nothing more than a cheap gag and a space-filler, here it serves a valid plot function, getting the team into a direct confrontation with their nemesis.

Much better!

Don’t forget to let us know your favourite under-rated Fantastic Four stories!

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #17 on our fifteenth episode: Whence Came The Man of Asbestos

[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/ffcast/Episode_15.mp3]

 

Fantastic Four #17: Flame On 41

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , on October 15, 2013 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #17, page 6, panel 9

Fantastic Four #17, page 6, panel 9

Story: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

You remember how Walt Simonson, in Fantastic Four #350, revealed that many of Doctor Doom’s appearances had actually been Doombots when the real Doctor Doom showed up? And how a rumour grew that he had a master list of Doom’s appearances, detailing which ones were Doctor Doom and which ones were just Doombots? (That rumour was false by the way) Well, I really wish Doom’s appearance in this book was just a Doombot.

Why? Because his plan, certainly at this stage, is just really weird and strange. He creates these cloud-like, insubstantial robots to follow the team around, obstensibly to scan them and their powers. However, there is absolutely nothing subtle about these robots at all, instantly alerting the team to the fact that something clearly isn’t right. The visual also looks as goofy as hell, meaning that this story looks as weird as it sounds.

Don’t forget to let us know your favourite under-rated Fantastic Four stories!

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #17 on our fifteenth episode: Whence Came The Man of Asbestos

[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/ffcast/Episode_15.mp3]

Fantastic Four #17: Property Damage 16

Posted in Property Damage with tags , , , , , , on October 14, 2013 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #17, page 4, panel 2

Fantastic Four #17, page 4, panel 2

Story: Stan Lee

Art: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

Ah, the endless hilarity of searching for one of the most brutal dictators on the planet.

A couple of panels earlier, whilst pounding the streets looking for Doctor Doom, Ben had suddenly fallen through an open manhole. Instead of doing the sensible thing of looking for the nearest ladder and safely emerging back onto the street, Ben decided the best thing to do would be smash his way to the street without knowing who or what is standing directly above him.

As luck would have it, he stops a careless driver from running down a careless pedestrian. Which makes it all OK.

Except that it doesn’t.

Don’t forget to let us know your favourite under-rated Fantastic Four stories!

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #17 on our fifteenth episode: Whence Came The Man of Asbestos

[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/ffcast/Episode_15.mp3]

 

The Fantasticast Episode Fifty-Three: Sue’s Inappropriate Haircut

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2013 by quizlacey

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When would be the least-appropriate time to get a haircut? 10 minutes before you’re expected to walk up the aisle? Halfway through the Mens 100m Olympic final? Or on board a plane zooming halfway around the world, chasing a myserious super-powered being who has kidnapped another mysterious super-powered being and who may very well turn against mankind?

Well, the Fantasticast is here to reveal this answer. Steve and Andy get to grips with Fantastic Four #47, as the saga of the Inhumans steps up yet another level. The Royal Family is back together, we go to Attilan tfor the first time, and we meet Maximus – but is he Magnificent or Mad?

Don’t forget to let us know your favourite under-rated Fantastic Four stories!

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_53.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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