Archive for November, 2013

The Fantasticast Episode Fifty-Seven: This Man, This Monster

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , on November 23, 2013 by quizlacey

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This special episode of The Fantasticast statistically has a high chance of something magical happening if you listen to it on the day of release. For Saturday 23rd November is the anniversary of an assassination, the anniversary of a TV show, and more importantly, the first day of the Thought Bubble Comic Convention, which both Andy and Steve are attending. So, as you listen to this episode, we may very well be facing each other, dressed in our Fantasticast t-shirts, and generally being fantastic. If you see us at the show, do say ‘hi’!

If you’re not in Leeds on this day, then enjoy our coverage of Fantastic Four #51, the classic one-shot story This Man, This Monster. We had a lot of fun putting this episode together, and our little post-credits tribute to Doctor Who has to be heard to be believed. 

Steve has one week to go before his first ever 5k run, the Mousdashe, on behalf of the Prostate Cancer Research Centre and Rething Mental Illness. If you’d like to support these charities through his endeavours, then his fundraising page is here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StephenLacey

Click on this link to go to the libsyn page for this episode, or listen below.

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The Fantasticast Episode Fifty-Six: The Startling Saga Of The Silver Surfer

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , on November 16, 2013 by quizlacey

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Guided by The Watcher, The Human Torch ventures into sub-space to seek the only weapon useable against Galactus. Meanwhile, cowed by The Punisher, The Thing, Mr Fantastic and The Invisible Girl find themselves powerless against The Destroyer Of Worlds. Only the power of The Silver Surfer can halt Galactus’s plans to devour the Earth.

Steve and Andy, even more unable to affect the seemingly unstoppable sequence of events, have to satisfy themselves with recording a new episode of The Fantasticast, covering the 50th issue of The Fantastic Four. Do come and join us!

Steve’s currently in training for his first ever 5k run, taking place at the end of November. it’s called the Mousdashe, it’s part of Movember (you should see his Trejo-esque fuzz), and it’s supporting both the Prostate Cancer Research Centre and Rethink Mental Illness. If you’d like to support this, his donation page is: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StephenLacey

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 Annual #1: Property Damage 17

Posted in Property Damage with tags , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2013 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four Annual #1, page 6, panel 1

Fantastic Four Annual #1, page 6, panel 1

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

We’ve arrived at one of the most important comics published in the early years of the Fantastic Four, the first Annual. This huge comic is probably the largest-scale Fantastic Four adventure published before the Galactus Saga (currently being covered by the podcast – check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #49 here, and we’ll be covering Fantastic Four #50 this weekend), and is truly deserving of the description ‘epic’.

It starts as a good Fantastic Four story should do, with Ben and Johnny having a spat, and destroying bits of the Baxter Building in the course of their fight. In this case, it’s a fire-proof (not asbestos, sadly) vault door, that Ben rather cheekily suggests could be put onto a credit card to cover the costs.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four Annual #1 on our sixteenth episode: The Best Of Annuals, The Worst Of Annuals.

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Strange Tales #111: Flame On 42

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , on November 12, 2013 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #111, page 12, panel 1

Strange Tales #111, page 12, panel 1

Plot: Stan Lee

Story: H. Huntley

Art: Dick Ayers

Lettering: S. Harold

I’ve been sitting here for ages, trying to work out how to use the fact that this is the 42nd Flame On to contrive a link between this panel, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. I haven’t been able to do so.

So, instead, just enjoy the rare sub-belt ignition from Johnny as he decides to use his head as well as his flame to defeat the Asbestos Man. Based on past form, this probably isn’t going to help all that much…

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #111 on our fifteenth episode: Whence Came The Man of Asbestos

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Strange Tales #111: It’s… ASBESTOS 15

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , on November 10, 2013 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #111, page 9, panel 4

Strange Tales #111, page 9, panel 4

Plot: Stan Lee

Story: H. Huntley

Art: Dick Ayers

Lettering: S. Harold

Earlier in the issue, the Asbestos Man claimed that his shield was made of iron, with no mention of asbestos. I guess someone re-thought this, as an iron shield would most likely have been melted into slag under an attack like this. So, we get the far more unlikely explanation that his shield is made of asbestos. Good at stopping fire, but probably fairly easy to punch into dust, which the Asbestos Man can inhale…

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #111 on our fifteenth episode: Whence Came The Man of Asbestos

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

 

The Fantasticast Episode Fifty-Five Point Five: We’ve Made A Huge Mistake…

Posted in Podcast with tags on November 9, 2013 by quizlacey

fc-03What lovely updated art from Michael Georgiou!

Yes, it’s another fill-in show, and we can promise you no singing this time around. Except that we can’t really, there will be singing. But what we can give you is a selection of the best openings and outtakes from the first 10 episodes of The Fantasticast for your enjoyment.

Steve and Andy will return next week with their coverage of Fantastic Four #50 and the conclusion of the Galactus Trilogy. Until then, why not throw some money at Steve as he prepares to complete his first 5k run in aid of Movember? Donate here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StephenLacey

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.

 

 

Strange Tales #111: It’s… ASBESTOS 14

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , on November 8, 2013 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #111, page 8, panel 3

Strange Tales #111, page 8, panel 3

Plot: Stan Lee

Story: H. Huntley

Art: Dick Ayers

Lettering: S. Harold

It’s an issue featuring the Asbestos Man. I’d be very disappointed if we didn’t add a fair few panels of ridiculous uses of asbestos over the next few days…

Like this asbestos letter. It looks and feels like paper, and clearly shares many of the same properties, allowing ink to stain it, or taking the markings of a pencil without ripping. And yet, it resists the hottest fire of the Human Torch. Marvellous! Now, if only he could do something about making it a bit less lethal, then he could make a fortune in the indestructible paper market. And not need to rob safes to fulfil his desire to be recognised for his works.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #111 on our fifteenth episode: Whence Came The Man of Asbestos

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