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The Fantasticast Episode 74: Fantastic Four #65 – From Beyond This Planet Earth

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , on March 29, 2014 by quizlacey

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Definitely Not Not Brand Echh!

It’s really not.

What it is, though, is the 74th episode of The Fantasticast, hosted by Steve Lacey and Andrew Leyland. This week we’re looking at the first physical appearance of the Kree in the Marvel Universe, as both the Supreme Intelligence and Ronan The Accuser make their debut appearances in the Marvel Universe. Hint: One of these is a lot more prominent than the other! Yes, it’s Fantastic Four #65.

We’ve also dragged show artist Michael Georgiou back for a second bout of commentary and stumbling through the Bullpen Bulletins.

And, as a special bonus, we spend almost two minutes looking at the lead strip from the first issue of Not Brand Echh!, Marvel’s first humour mag. And I use the word ‘humour’ very broadly.

Why not drop by Mike’s website (http://www.mikedraws.co.uk), buy a copy of Elemental Micah (http://www.elementalmicah.com), or follow Mike on twitter (https://twitter.com/MikeDraws)?

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

The Fantasticast Episode 73: Fantastic Four #64 – The Sentry Sinister

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

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Mike Draws Us In With His Synopsis

A little twitter-based humour for you there…

It’s been a while since Steve and Andy invited a guest onto the show, and Fantastic Four #64 seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so. Joining us this week is the writer and artist of Elemental Micah, and the cover artist of this very show, Michael Georgiou.

Michael jumps aboard as we gently explore the theories of Erich von Daniken (and by explore, I mean completely neglect to mention). The Kree make their first appearance in the Marvel Universe by proxy, with the Sentry Sinister. There’s a mighty amount of destruction, one of Jack Kirby’s greatest designs, and a suprisingly moving ending.

We also have one of the longest selection of outtakes we’ve had in a long time, although I should warn you – they are not for the faint-hearted…

Why not drop by Mike’s website (http://www.mikedraws.co.uk), buy a copy of Elemental Micah (http://www.elementalmicah.com), or follow Mike on twitter (https://twitter.com/MikeDraws)?

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

[audio FF_Episode_73.mp3]

The Fantasticast Episode 72: Fantastic Four #63 – Blastarr, The Living Bomb-Burst

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

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BLAST It, I Need A Funny Subtitle

Episode #72 of The Fantasticast is here, ready to BLAST you with a BLAST of audio goodness, BLASTing from your speaker/headphones into your non-BLAST-proof ears! BLAST BLAST BLAST! (Have you guessed that this week’s villain is BLASTarr yet?)

Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland are here to continue guiding you through the Fantastic Four from the very beginning, this week looking at Fantastic Four #63, featuring a mighty team-up between the Sandman and Blastarr. Along the way, we discover some words that Stan may or may not have made up, we get totally awesomed by Jack’s use of forced perspective, and we come across our first ever column from Stan “The Man” Lee – Stan’s Soapbox.

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

[audio FF_Episode_72.mp3]

Strange Tales #112: Flamin’ ‘Eck 33

Posted in Flamin' 'Eck with tags , , , , , , on March 13, 2014 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #112, page 8, panel 1

Strange Tales #112, page 8, panel 1

Story plot: Stan Lee

Script: Jerry Siegel

Art: Dick Ayers

Lettering: S. Rosen

I wonder if Johnny has ever stopped to think about his powers, as well as the basic properties of fire and heat. He clearly seems to think that his giant flaming dome will project heat rays downwards, forcing the helicopter to land, betraying the fact that he has no idea that heat rises.

I don’t blame Johnny, I blame the high school teachers in Glendale. They’re the ones who have clearly failed to instil basic physics into Johnny. Education in the 1950s was clearly lacking.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #112 on our seventeenth episode: No Funny Title Springs To Mind

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Strange Tales #112: Flamin’ ‘Eck 32

Posted in Flamin' 'Eck with tags , , , , , , on March 12, 2014 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #112, page 6, panel 7

Strange Tales #112, page 6, panel 7

Story plot: Stan Lee

Script: Jerry Siegel

Art: Dick Ayers

Lettering: S. Rosen

Equipped with a device to pick up the Eel’s body vibrations and thus locate him before he turns Marvel’s faux-Riverdale into a smoking pit in the ground, Johnny emits a tracer fireball. That is, a fireball that will follow these vibrations and home in on him.

Er… right… How much is the Eel vibrating, exactly? Most people could put their hands on a wall and never feel the vibrations that they give off. So how exactly is a non-sensory ball of fire supposed to pick up the vibrations of an individual who could be over a mile away? Who knows?

Jerry sure doesn’t…

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #112 on our seventeenth episode: No Funny Title Springs To Mind

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

Strange Tales #112: Flame On 47

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , on March 11, 2014 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #112, page 6, panel 2

Strange Tales #112, page 6, panel 2

Story plot: Stan Lee

Script: Jerry Siegel

Art: Dick Ayers

Lettering: S. Rosen

Across several pages that didn’t involve any of our tropes, a plot has developed. A broadcaster has been whipping up anti-Johnny hatred, whilst the Eel accidentally steals a miniature atomic bomb and irradiates himself. Hiding out in town, he is relatively unaware that he or the bomb (it’s not quite clear which) could explode at any moment and destroy everything.

Being a moral conundrum in the early 1960s, Johnny’s decision as to whether he should continue as the Torch in the face of public opposition is an easy one to make. Extra-easy, considering that if he doesn’t the entire town is going to blow up. So, he flames on, and turns off his television set. Which presumably had an asbestos coating.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #112 on our seventeenth episode: No Funny Title Springs To Mind

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

 

Strange Tales #112: Flamin’ ‘Eck 31

Posted in Flamin' 'Eck with tags , , , , , , on March 10, 2014 by quizlacey
Strange tales #112, page 2, panel 5

Strange tales #112, page 2, panel 5

Story plot: Stan Lee

Script: Jerry Siegel

Art: Dick Ayers

Lettering: S. Rosen

“There!” cries Johnny. “A blazing version of Niagara Falls!” But the crowd give him nothing but dirty stares, presumably because the idea of flames falling out of the sky towards them overrides any appreciation they may have had towards his artistic abilities.

And yes, either Jerry Siegel or Sam Rosen have a particular problem spelling the name of the most famous US/Canadian waterfall attraction…

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #112 on our seventeenth episode: No Funny Title Springs To Mind

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

 

The Fantasticast Episode 71: Fantastic Four #62 – And One Shall Save Him

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , on March 8, 2014 by quizlacey

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Punch A Submarine To Death

It’s episode 71 of The Fantasticast and, in a rush to get the episode released so Steve can go watch Monty Python, he forgot to record a pre-titles stinger. So, imagine him singing the theme to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or something along those lines…

This week, Steve and Andy dig into Fantastic Four #62, featuring some terrible peril for Reed, the first appearance of Blastarr, and Triton punching a submarine to death. How could anyone not like this issue?

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.

[audio FF_Episode_71.mp3]

Strange Tales #112: Flamin’ ‘Eck 30

Posted in Flamin' 'Eck with tags , , , , , , on March 6, 2014 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #112, page 2, panels 3-4

Strange Tales #112, page 2, panels 3-4

Story plot: Stan Lee

Script: Jerry Siegel

Art: Dick Ayers

Lettering: S. Rosen

Let’s deal with the elephant in the room first. The script for this issue and the next  of Strange Tales was written, from notes by Stan, by Jerry Siegel (credited as Joe Carter). An unfortunate figure at this time, Siegel was routinely abused by Mort Weisinger at DC, his work help up for ridicule in the offices. As suggested by Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, Stan gave Jerry these assignments almost out of pity for the creator who kick-started superhero comics. We rather liked this issue, we weren’t such a fan of the next.

Things start off with Johnny irritating everyone in Glendale by constantly showing off, exhibiting ADHD tendencies long before such a condition would become well-known. These panels get included for the idea that concentric rings of fire would burn away in the air for any time at all, remaining perfectly stationary.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #112 on our seventeenth episode: No Funny Title Springs To Mind

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

Fantastic Four #18: Reed’s Stretchy Body 43

Posted in Reed's Stretch Body with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four#18, page 20, panel 1

Fantastic Four#18, page 20, panel 1

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inking: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Art Simek

This is it, the final panel from Fantastic Four #18. We’ve featured 13 panels from this comic, with big focus on Reed’s Stretchy Body. So, it’s appropriate that the final excerpt should be this unusual moment of elasticity.

Because the story is coming to a close, the Super Skrull is more susceptible to the attacks of the Fantastic Four, meaning that all Reed needs to do here is encase him from all sides. Forgetting that he can fly, the Skrull falls for it. What really draws the eye is the way that Reed creates the barrier. you might expect giant stretchy hands to emanate from Reed’s relatively-normal arms, but no. Reed eschews traditional bipedal anatomy for a far strange form, with gigantic bingo wings linking up with his entire torso and lower body.

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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