Archive for April, 2014

Fantastic Four #21: Reed’s Stretchy Body 53

Posted in Reed's Stretch Body with tags , , , , , , on April 30, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #21, page 16, panel 5

Fantastic Four #21, page 16, panel 5

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: George Bell

Lettered by: Art Simek

This is one of my favourite panels of the Fantastic Four ever.

Really.

I just love the idea of Reed kneeling down next to this piece of Kirby tech, his fingers probing through the ground looking for the power cables. I also love imagining that, just out of shot, his fingers start dividing into thinner tendrils, like roots. It doesn’t happen – regardless of what he does with his body, he always maintains the basic structure of the human body – but it’s lovely to imagine!

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #21 on our twenty-first episode: Powered By Hateful Hate From A Hate Raygun, with special guest host David Wynne.

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Fantastic Four #21: Reed’s Stretchy Body 52

Posted in Reed's Stretch Body with tags , , , , , , on April 29, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #21, page 16, panel 1

Fantastic Four #21, page 16, panel 1

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: George Bell

Lettered by: Art Simek

It’s hard to sympathise with comic book henchmen. Cities like Gotham and New York are full of bozos who would happily put on any crazy costume if it meant they got to wield a gun or punch a lycra-clad teenager in the face. And to make it even harder, these specific henchmen have signed up with Hitler, who is wearing a tie-dye Klan costume. Sympathy is in short supply.

And then they make a completely stupid move, like not questioning a perfectly flat, brand-new blue road in the jungle. Of course it’s Reed who, presumably, was quite happy to lie face-down in the jungle whilst a dozen henchmen trample across his back.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #21 on our twenty-first episode: Powered By Hateful Hate From A Hate Raygun, with special guest host David Wynne.

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Fantastic Four #21: Reed’s Stretchy Body 51

Posted in Reed's Stretch Body with tags , , , , , , on April 28, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #21, page 15, panels 2-3

Fantastic Four #21, page 15, panels 2-3

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: George Bell

Lettered by: Art Simek

It’s going to be ‘Reed’s Stretchy Body’ week, as we showcase Mr Fantastic’s impressive one-man assault on the nation of San Gusto and the forces of the Hate Monger. As for how the Hate Monget gets his forces to San Gusto… Well, you’re best off listening to the episode for an attempt at explaining the reverse rocket thrust subterranean travelling device…

Anyway, I just love the comedy of these two panels, although I have to wonder just who designed the missile carriage system  to allow the missiles to come off so easily that Reed’s arms don’t even travel with the plane briefly…

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #21 on our twenty-first episode: Powered By Hateful Hate From A Hate Raygun, with special guest host David Wynne.

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Fantastic Four #21: Flame On 51

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , on April 27, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #21, page 11, panel 5

Fantastic Four #21, page 11, panel 5

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: George Bell

Lettered by: Art Simek

The plot continues with Reed heading off to South America (How appropriate is it that Nick Fury’s first modern appearance should feature him getting a hero to do his dirty work? That’s been the basis of most stories featuring him over the past decade or so!). The rest of the team witness the Pogo Plane depart and, despite having broken up the Fantastic Four mere pages earlier, decide that they don’t like being left behind. Hence, Johnny’s impressive ‘Flame On’ here.

But of far more interest is the helicopter. The ridiculous, mis-proportioned, top-heavy helicopter. I would love to see the reference used for this panel!

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #21 on our twenty-first episode: Powered By Hateful Hate From A Hate Raygun, with special guest host David Wynne.

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The Fantasticast Episode 78: Amazing Spider-Man Annual #4 – The Web And The Flame

Posted in Podcast, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 26, 2014 by quizlacey

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The Ayn Rand Simile Or Metaphor Theme Song

Annual season continues and concludes here at the Fantasticast. Steve and Andy get to grips with Amazing Spider-Man Annual #4, featuring the latest team-up between the Human Torch and Spider-Man. Memories of Strange Tales Annual #2 are lingering, and with irrelevant villains, forced conflict, and leaps in storytelling logic so vast even Evel Knievel would think twice before leaping across them, there’s good reason for these to linger.

For, hidden underneath the surprisingly good artwork of Larry Lieber, is a Strange Tales story in all but name.

This decpetion has put Steve in a particularly bad mood, and he puts this bad mood to good use this episode. He also uses it to respond to listener e-mails, in a very angry feedback session. Sorry about that…

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Fantastic Four #21: ATOMIC POWER! 8

Posted in ATOMIC POWER! with tags , , , , , , on April 25, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #21, page 10, panel 2

Fantastic Four #21, page 10, panel 2

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: George Bell

Lettered by: Art Simek

Having disbanded the team, Reed returns home to find that an old friend from his days as a soldier in World War II. Yes, it’s Nick Fury, clean-shaven and working for the CIA (presumably his last job before joining SHIELD). He’s dropped by to ask Reed to lend a hand with one of the CIA’s favourite activities – supporting regime change in a South American country.

This is the spur for the plot of the second half of the book, but we’re pausing for a moment to note that Reed has a completely spurious nuclear activator whirring away loudly for no reason at all. Note the lack of radiation shielding, or warning notices. Did he not learn a costly lesson about the harmful effects of radiation?

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #21 on our twenty-first episode: Powered By Hateful Hate From A Hate Raygun, with special guest host David Wynne.

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Fantastic Four #21: Three/Two/One/None 2

Posted in Three/Two/One/None with tags , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #21, page 8, panel 2

Fantastic Four #21, page 8, panel 2

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: George Bell

Lettered by: Art Simek

Goodness, it’s been a long time since I’ve used this category. I guess the team was far more stable in the early days than popular memory might suggest

Anyway, under the influence of the Hate Monger, the team decide that if they can’t beat each other to death, they can at least go their separate ways. And so, without consulting Sue at all, they decide to call it a day and disband the team. For the next few pages, at least, the Fantastic Four doesn’t exist.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #21 on our twenty-first episode: Powered By Hateful Hate From A Hate Raygun, with special guest host David Wynne.

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