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The Fantasticast Episode 87: Fantastic Four #75 – Worlds Within Worlds

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2014 by quizlacey

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Galactuth Hath A Lithp

Poor Galactus.

Andrew Leyland and Stephen Lacey welcome you to the latest episode of The Fantasticast. We’re celebrating 75 issues of the Fantastic Four in a way that definitely doesn’t involve half an issue’s worth of plot stretched to fill an entire issue, oh no, not at all. We’re also taking a look at The Sub-Mariner #2, featuring the return of the Plant Man. Because you demanded it. Allegedly.

We’re also taking a look at the effects of microwaving comics, defending the fun of the New 52, promising to buy a Dan DiDio comic, looking forward to The Flash (obviously, this was recorded before the leak of the pilot episode), and getting disproportionately angry over the mere existence of the Sleepers.

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Fantastic Four #24: Flamin’ ‘Eck 37

Posted in Flamin' 'Eck with tags , , , , , , , on June 27, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four, Human Torch, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, George Roussos

Fantastic Four #24, page 14, panel 7

Lovingly written by Stan Lee

Tenderly drawn by Jack Kirby

Heroically inked by George Roussos

Neatly lettered by Sam Rosen

It feels like forever since we’ve seen Johnny attempt to use his flame as a non-lethal, non-incendiary, completely-solid method of restraining someone. Arguably, the crook pictured isn’t terrified because he’s going to be caught and sent to jail, but because he’s being surrounded with ever-burning fire and that every sense in his body is expecting immolation at any second.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #24 on our twenty-fourth episode: An Enfant Terrible Is Not Literally A Terrible Infant

Fantastic Four #24: Flame On 59

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , , on June 26, 2014 by quizlacey
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Fantastic Four #24, page 14, panel 5

Lovingly written by Stan Lee

Tenderly drawn by Jack Kirby

Heroically inked by George Roussos

Neatly lettered by Sam Rosen

I’m rather glad that we’ve gone from page 1 to page 14 without hitting any tropes of the title, and that this panel is so generic that I don’t have to write anything about the plot. This issue is the ‘Enfant Terrible’ issue, a story that is right up there with the first appearance of the Molecule Man for uninspired plotting and generic running around until the page count has been completed. Both Fantastic Four #20 and, especially, this issue are effectively retreads of the Impossible Man story from Fantastic Four #11, with the team going up against an adversary who can do absolutely anything. In theory, this should allow Jack Kirby to go wild with his artwork but, as the late 1960s and early 1970s would show, the best results from Kirby come when there’s a strong narrative to complement his visuals. When working with the weak story presented in this book, Kirby’s art seems rushed and uninspired.

I strongly suspect that the ‘Flame On’ in this panel was an afterthought, put in at the request of Stan once the rest of the dialogue had been put in. ‘Flame On’ as a sound effect (that is, not contained in some form of speech bubble, and not appearing to come directly from Johnny) is a fairly rare occurrence, and this one feels like it was put in to make the unusual story feel a bit more like a Fantastic Four plot.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #24 on our twenty-fourth episode: An Enfant Terrible Is Not Literally A Terrible Infant

Fantastic Four #24: Reed’s Stretchy Body 60

Posted in Reed's Stretch Body with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #24, page 1, panel 1

Fantastic Four #24, page 1, panel 1

Lovingly written by Stan Lee

Tenderly drawn by Jack Kirby

Heroically inked by George Roussos

Neatly lettered by Sam Rosen

I’m a sucker for a great splash page, and if the great splash page happens to fit into one of the categories with which we catalogue the tropes of the Fantastic Four, then all the better.

It’s a media circus which opens issue 24 and, for once, it’s Reed hogging the spotlight. His body is stretched into some vaguely Escher-esque shape (seriously, those feet don’t quite belong with the rest of the body), partially reminiscent of one of those wide, flatfish futuristic cars with fins and spoilers. This image has nothing to do with the rest of the story, but it’s a great image to open the book.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #24 on our twenty-fourth episode: An Enfant Terrible Is Not Literally A Terrible Infant

Strange Tales #117: Flame On 58

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , on June 23, 2014 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #117, page 12, panel 6

Strange Tales #117, page 12, panel 6

Written by: Stan Lee

Illustrated by: Dick Ayers

Lettered by: Art Simek

Silly Eel. His asbestos grease has rubbed away, meaning that Johnny can easily save himself from the shark tank that he was about to be dumped into. The Eel even had barrels of asbestos grease lying around nearby as well.

I genuinely hoped that The Eel had been one of the many villains killed by The Scourge at The Bar With No Name. I was surprised to find out he had been killed off several years previously in the Ghost Rider books. I doubt he was mourned…

Check our our coverage of Strange Tales #117 on our twenty-third episode: (Asbestos) Grease Is The Word

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Strange Tales #117: It’s… ASBESTOS 20

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , on June 22, 2014 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #117, page 10, panel 6

Strange Tales #117, page 10, panel 6

Written by: Stan Lee

Illustrated by: Dick Ayers

Lettered by: Art Simek

The Eel really isn’t one of the classic Marvel villains. B- and C-list seems like too good a grade for him as well. He had the curious fortune to first appear in a story written by Jerry Siegel, but completely failed to make any impact in that story. In this follow-up, he does everything he can to goad the Human Torch, then reveals that he thinks he will be OK because he has covered his costume with asbestos grease. For a villain whose only unusual ability is to have a lubricated costume, it has to be said that introducing a fibrous substance to that lubrication seems like a particularly ridiculous move for him. Not only does it act as insulation against the electrical current which he has previously used to shock anyone who touches him, but it also reduces the lubrication of the grease.

Just prior to this moment, there was a particularly suspect moment where he embraced the Human Torch, reminding Johnny that he was a teenager whilst he was a grown adult. It’s not a particularly compelling defence to the charges of pederasty…

Check our our coverage of Strange Tales #117 on our twenty-third episode: (Asbestos) Grease Is The Word

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The Fantasticast Episode 86: Fantastic Four #74 – When Calls Galactus

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , on June 21, 2014 by quizlacey

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The Steampunk Herald Of Galactus

Welcome to the 86th episode of The Fantasticast. This week, your hosts Steve Lacey and Andrew Leyland present Fantastic Four #74. The Silver Surfer is on the run, Galactus is hungry, and Reed’s got the contractors in. It’s a veritable health and safety nightmare! We also take a look at the first issue of Namor’s solo title, The Sub-Mariner.

There’s also e-mails, a love affair, news about Andy’s other podcasts, a discussion about lame Doctor Who cliffhangers, talking to letter-writers on twitter, and just how much Jon Snow can be expected to know following major head trauma.

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