Archive for July, 2014

Fantastic Four #26: Hulk vs The Thing Round 4

Posted in Hulk vs The Thing, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #26, page 1

Fantastic Four #26, page 1

Unforgettably Written In The Grand Manner by: Stan Lee

Powerfully Drawn In The Heroic Manner by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: George Roussos

Lettered by: Art Simek

Putting Strange Tales to one side (a wise thing to do with any issue of Strange Tales!), we’re back to the Thing/Hulk fight. It’s round 2 of this battle, round 4 in total, and it’s a rather lovely splash page as well.

I’m hesitant to call this round for The Thing, as he really only wins when he’s got the rest of the Fantastic Four, the entirety of the Avengers, and Rick Jones popping pills, helping him. But the Hulk ends this issue defeated, and the heroes survive, which makes it a victory, of sorts, for Ben Grimm.

As with the previous issue, I’ll devote a few pages to the best Hulk/Thing moments from this battle.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #26 on our twenty-seventh episode: Hulk Goes Home And Plays With His Trains with special guest-host Michael Bailey

Strange Tales #119: Flame On 63

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , on July 30, 2014 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #119, page 11, panel 6

Strange Tales #119, page 11, panel 6

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Dick Ayers

Lettered by: S. Rosen

It’s a rare moment of unfulfilled promise for Johnny, as his triumphant cry of ‘Flame on!’ yields naught when he realises that his flame hasn’t recharged.

Or, if you’re going to extend the metaphor from yesterday, he’s unable to get his flame up so soon after a big burst.

Yes, well… You’ve listened to the show, right? We draw these sort of parallels all the time…

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #119 on our twenty-sixth episode: Ha! Not So Different After All! with special guest-host Michael Bailey

Strange Tales #119: Flame On 62

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , on July 29, 2014 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #119, page 9, panel 5

Strange Tales #119, page 9, panel 5

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Dick Ayers

Lettered by: S. Rosen

It’s a late first-panel from this issue of Strange Tales, and upon reading the issue looking for panels to take, I’m rather surprised to see that I found any. Strange Tales #119 is the only appearance of The Rabble Rouser, a Communist agent armed with some kind of mesmerising wand and a truly terrible moustache, whose only mission appears to be to discredit a teenage boy within the confines of his home town. As if this wasn’t bad enough, he also makes use of Adolf Hitler’s reverse-thrust subterranean rocket, from Fantastic Four #21. Taken in by this frankly ridiculous plan, the Mayor bans Johnny from igniting within the town limits.

So, for ten pages, we have Johnny struggling to contain his urges, in a fairly unfortunate metaphor for being a teenage boy. And then he decides that he just doesn’t care, and lets it all go in the middle of the town.

Yes. An unfortunate metaphor indeed. I’m sure it won’t get worse tomorrow…

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #119 on our twenty-sixth episode: Ha! Not So Different After All! with special guest-host Michael Bailey

Fantastic Four #25: Hulk vs The Thing Round 3.6

Posted in Hulk vs The Thing with tags , , , , , , , on July 28, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #25, page 21, panel 2

Fantastic Four #25, page 21, panel 2

Sensational Story by: Stan Lee

Astonishing Art by: Jack Kirby

Incredible Inking by: George Roussos

Lighthearted Lettering by: S. Rosen

This is it. The final blow in this near-issue-length fight between the two biggest brawlers in the Marvel Universe at this time. It’s a slightly disappointing panel – Kirby saves the big moment for the Hulk storming away, looking for the Avengers, giving it a full 2/3-page panel.

However, there is no doubt about it in Fantastic Four #25 – the Thing is beaten thoroughly, and it’s only the Hulk’s true aim – to track down and destroy the Avengers – that keeps him from being killed. This then feeds the first true cliffhanger in the Fantastic Four, where a battered and beaten Ben hauls himself to his feet, vowing to stop the Hulk, even if it means his death. It’s a phenomenal note to end the book on, and one of the greatest cliffhangers in Marvel’s history.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #25 on our twenty-fifth episode: It’ll Be Our Little Secret, with special guest-host Michael Bailey

Fantastic Four #25: Hulk vs The Thing Round 3.5 / Property Damage 25

Posted in Hulk vs The Thing, Property Damage with tags , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #25, page 19, panel 1

Fantastic Four #25, page 19, panel 1

Sensational Story by: Stan Lee

Astonishing Art by: Jack Kirby

Incredible Inking by: George Roussos

Lighthearted Lettering by: S. Rosen

I’m currently in Nantes (hashtag holiday brag) but, thanks to the wonder of pre-scheduled posts, I’m also apparently blogging on a daily basis about mid-1960s Fantastic Four. We’ll see how long I manage before I mess something up with the scheduling…

This lengthy Thing/Hulk brawl continues, moving from the speedboat onto the Washington Bridge itself. As if this tussle wasn’t causing enough havoc and devastation to New York, here Ben decides to destroy the infrastructure of the bridge to keep the Hulk at bay. I’m assuming he managed to clear the bridge of civilians, rather than just destroying it in a Man Of Steel-esque rage of pique. This actually manages to hold the Hulk for an entire two pages, although if most of those pages hadn’t been devoted to Reed and Sue, I’m sure it wouldn’t have lasted that long.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #25 on our twenty-fifth episode: It’ll Be Our Little Secret, with special guest-host Michael Bailey

The Fantasticast Episode 91: Fantastic Four #79 – This Monster Forever?

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2014 by quizlacey

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Carry On Not Brand Echh

Steve and Andy return with an human Ben Grimm, a former submarine commander now in charge of a group of marines, and a daikaiju and horror film-loving guest-host. Yes, Luke Jaconetti joins us once again to finish off the story of the human Ben Grimm and the team’s battle with the Wizard. This issue has it all – dinner dates, Irish stereotypes, and a robot with a tortologous name. This is Fantastic Four #79, and we are your guides.

We also take a look at an issue of Captain Savage And His Leatherneck Raiders. Guest-starring ace fighter-pilot Ben Grimm, Captain Savage #7 has it all – POW camps, Irish stereotypes, and excellent Dick Ayers artwork.

Don’t forget to answer out Listener Question – Are you currently reading Fantastic Four, and why?

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

Fantastic Four #25: Hulk vs The Thing Round 3.4

Posted in Hulk vs The Thing with tags , , , , , , on July 25, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #25, page 17, panel 3

Fantastic Four #25, page 17, panel 3

Sensational Story by: Stan Lee

Astonishing Art by: Jack Kirby

Incredible Inking by: George Roussos

Lighthearted Lettering by: S. Rosen

How could I resist posting a panel featuring the Hulk bouncing across the water to chase the Thing, who is driving a speedboat?

I also get to talk about Stan and/or Jack’s rather liberal and unorthodox interpretation of the concept of surface tension. I’m sure we’re all aware of this concept, caused by the water molecules on the surface being pulled downwards by bonds with other molecules, causing some internal pressure and resulting in the water pushing against any force levied against it. Small insects are able to use this pressure to ‘walk on water’, their low body mass able to be counteracted by the surface tension.

The Hulk, however, is not a small insect, and certainly does not have low body mass. He is, therefore, very unlikely to be able to hop across the water as shown above.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #25 on our twenty-fifth episode: It’ll Be Our Little Secret, with special guest-host Michael Bailey

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