Archive for February, 2014

Fantastic Four #18: Nova Time 4

Posted in Nova Time with tags , , , , , , on February 24, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #18, page 16, panel 1

Fantastic Four #18, page 16, panel 1

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

I can’t even remember if this panel fits my own arbitrary rules as to whether or not a bright blast of light is the same thing as ‘going nova’. However, it’s been nearly six months since I put something into this category, and as this issue of the book is proving to be such a rich mine of material, I’ve decided that it doesn’t matter so much!

Having only recently covered Fantastic Four Annual #4 for the podcast, I’m struck by how this move, seemingly an obvious one from the Human Torch, was missing from the Torch vs Torch battle presented there. It would have been a great trick for Johnny to pull to confuse the android Human Torch, but I guess it’s one both Stan and Jack had forgotten about by then.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #18 on our seventeenth episode: No Funny Title Springs To Mind

[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/ffcast/Episode_17.mp3]
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The Fantasticast Episode 69: Fantastic Four #60 – The Peril And The Power

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , on February 22, 2014 by quizlacey

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After nearly two-and-a-half years, Steve and Andy reach the conclusion of their journey. With their coverage of Fantastic Four #60, they have exhausted the Stan Lee/Jack Kirby issues collected by Marvel in Omnibus form. Today, we clobber our final vagrant.

Such sad tidings aside, we also have one of the best fights seen yet in the Fantastic Four as the team go head-to-head with the cosmically-powered Doctor Doom, with the fate of the planet hanging in the balance.

All this, and a special appearance from Professor Alan Middleton!

Don’t forget to answer our Listener Question Of The Month: We want to know the single issue that sums up the Fantastic Four for you!

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

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Fantastic Four #18: Reed’s Stretchy Body 42

Posted in Reed's Stretch Body with tags , , , , , , on February 18, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #18, page 15, panel 7

Fantastic Four #18, page 15, panel 7

 

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

I think it’s clear where the inspiration for this image comes from: Glaucomys sabrinus, the North American flying squirrel. Although the dialogue mentions Reed’s body being a parachute, I much prefer him using his body to create a glider effect, as seen.

It’s not an image or usage we’ve seen in the 50 issues since, sadly.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #18 on our seventeenth episode: No Funny Title Springs To Mind

[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/ffcast/Episode_17.mp3]

Fantastic Four #18: Property Damage 20

Posted in Property Damage with tags , , , , , , on February 17, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #18, page 15, panel 5

Fantastic Four #18, page 15, panel 5

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

We’ve seen plenty of instances of The Thing causing lots of damage to public property, from sidewalks and streetlamps to motor vehicles and holiday homes. This, however, is the first time that we’ve seen him cause damage to the New York skyline.

Hurled from atop the Baxter Building by a ram-headed Super Skrull, the only thing stopping The Thing from being hurled into the Hudson river is  the spire of the Chrysler Building. I hope Reed put his knowledge and abilities to good use to help repair the spire as quickly as possible following the fight…

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #18 on our seventeenth episode: No Funny Title Springs To Mind

[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/ffcast/Episode_17.mp3]

 

LQOTM: Your Favourite Fantastic Four Issue (With Rules)

Posted in Listener Question Of The Month with tags on February 16, 2014 by quizlacey

And… we’re back! Following yesterday’s episode where we finally dug through our mailbag and read our answers to the last Listener Question Of The Month, we’ve got another one for you! And, continuing a slightly irritating trend, there’s not short, snappy version of the question.

Ah well…

The Fantastic Four, as a comic, has plenty of different identifiers. It’s the first Marvel superhero comic as we know them today. It’s a book about explorers. It’s a book out discovery. It’s a book about crazy, way-out-there concepts. It’s a book about family. And I’m sure there are many more interpretations.

What we’re looking for is your favourite issue that sums up the Fantastic Four as you see them. And I mean issue, not story arc. It could be because there’s a moment or scene that encapsulates your view of the team. It could be that the entire issue sees the writer and artist completely on your wavelength with your view of the Fantastic Four.

Send your nominations to fantastic4podcast@gmail.com, or leave in the comments below.

The Fantasticast Episode 68: Fantastic Four #59 – Doomsday!

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , on February 15, 2014 by quizlacey

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Hello, and welcome to the 68th episode of the show! Your hosts, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland, are all fired up and ready to look at Fantastic Four #59: Doomsday!

First, though, there’s the small matter of our Listener Question of the Month, where we asked our listeners to tell us their feel good Fantastic Four reading experiences. Our feedback was limited, but we’ve gathered it all together anyway. There’s also a new Listener Question of the Month for you all to answer… but you’ll have to listen to the show to find out what that is.

Then it’s off to Fantastic Four #59, wherein Doctor Doom poses a lot, the Fantastic Four cower a lot, Black Bolt shouts a lot, Attilan suddenly gains a population, and the longest-running subplot in Marvel Comics get wrapped up (a bit).

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

[audio FF_Episode_68.mp3]

Fantastic Four #18: Reed’s Stretchy Body 42

Posted in Reed's Stretch Body with tags , , , , , , on February 14, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #18, page 13, panel 3

Fantastic Four #18, page 13, panel 3

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

Yesterday I talked about the sheer fun of Kirby’s artwork in this issue, and this panel really proves it. Able to let Reed cut loose with his powers, we get this wonderful visual of Reed’s fist, moulded into a giant comedy mallet.

Harley Quinn would be proud!

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #18 on our seventeenth episode: No Funny Title Springs To Mind

[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/ffcast/Episode_17.mp3]

 

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