Archive for August, 2014

Listener Question: Your Listener Questions

Posted in Listener Question Of The Month with tags on August 31, 2014 by quizlacey

If you’ve caught up with our most recent episode, you’ll have heard us run through your answers to our most recent Listener Question. If you haven’t listened to the latest episode, why not? Go listen now!

Now that we’re all on the same page, we’ve launched a new Listener Questions. Sort of…

Instead of posing a question to our listeners and asking for responses, we’ve decided to mix things up a bit for the next few weeks. We want you to send us your questions for us to answer.

The questions can be on anything. Fantastic Four-related, comics related, questions about ourselves (although we’ll politely decline to answer any questions that get too personal). We’d like to have a few in the bag for our 100th episode, only a few short weeks away, and we’ll and answer a couple every episode as well until we launch our next question.

Please send your questions to fantastic4podcast@gmail.com or leave them in the comments below.

The Fantasticast Episode 96: Fantastic Four #82 – The Mark Of The Madman

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2014 by quizlacey

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Stan Lee Doesn’t Understand Hypnotism

It’s a bumper episode for the Fantasticast, as we cover two comics, one wedding, and a whole slew of responses to our latest listener question.

Steve and Andy are spending this week looking at Crystal’s return to the rebuilt Attilan in Fantastic Four #82, as well as attending the completely legitimate wedding of Janet van Dyne and Yellowjacket in Avengers #60. It’s a Jack Kirby and John Buscema feast for the eyes.

We also run down our listener responses to our latest listener question, as we attempt to find out if our audience is currently reading Fantastic Four. There’s also a brand new Listener Question, and it’s an unusual one…

All of this, and you get to find out if Steve knows just how many Inhuman feature strips there were in the Silver and Bronze Ages, when they were published, and how this knowledge (or lack thereof) affects his review of the issue.

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

The Fantasticast Episode 95: Fantastic Four #81 – Enter The Exquisite Elemental

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 23, 2014 by quizlacey

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Andy Finds This Funny

I have no idea what would be funny about the title of this comic…

This week, Steve and Andy reunite to discuss Fantastic Four #81. Changes are afoot, as motherhood takes a toll on the team. Can a sorely underused supporting character step up and prove their worth to the staunchly-conservative team leader? Plus, as a special bonus, we drop in on Namor, The Sub-Mariner #8. The Serpent Crown is causing trouble, and it’s up to the ever-lovin’ blue-eyed Thing to ensure it gets to safety.

We also take a look at just what Steve got up to on his holidays. The podcast panel mentioned hasn’t yet been released, but if you pop on over to the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheFantasticast), you can take a look at some photographs of original Jack Kirby Fantastic Four pages and covers. Why? Well, you’ll have to listen to find out…

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

Fantastic Four #26: It’s… ASBESTOS!!! 24

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , , on August 18, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #26, page 4, panel 4

Fantastic Four #26, page 4, panel 4

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

The asbestos continues , as an injured Johnny races back into the action. He’s in a rush, with no time to remove his asbestos bandages. I think we’ll leave aside the incredible unlikelihood of a hospital having a stock of asbestos bandages just in case the Human Torch should happen to be admitted as a patient.

Instead, we’ll as what would happen to Johnny’s flight capabilities when his body is not fully flamed. When Johnny was shot by ZANTE during Strange Tales #106, his arm was unable to ignite. His flight was off-balance and he had to compensate for this, as well as flying slower. It’s a little sad to see no acknowledgement of the struggles he would face with an arm not functioning properly, although an argument could be made that he has learned from his previous experience. As that would involve Johnny exhibiting signs of intelligence during the Strange Tales era, I would have to discount that argument.

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.

The Fantasticast Episode 94: Fantastic Four #80 – Where Treads The Living Totem

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , on August 17, 2014 by quizlacey

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Wyatt Wingfoot and the Totem of Doom!

The holidays are over, and Steve and Andy are back by themselves to take a look at Fantastic Four #80. Will this be a tightly plotted issue, reintroducing a beloved supporting character, featuring a sensitive and nuanced portrayal of Native American culture, and starring a well-designed villain? Well… at least one of those things happens…

We also discuss our not-so-recent experiences at the London Film and Comic Convention, reveal the secret origins of the Merry Marvel Marching Society, and get rather rudely interrupted by the weather (and not in a Welcome to Night Vale manner).

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

The Fantasticast Episode 93: Fantastic Four Annual #6 – Let There Be Life

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2014 by quizlacey

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Ambush Bug In Judge Dredd’s Clothing

It’s a giant-sized episode of The Fantasticast for a giant-sized issue of the Fantastic Four. Annual #6 features the first appearance of the classic villain Annihilus, as well as the birth of Franklin Richards. To celebrate these milestones, Steve and Andy have invited a special guest onto the show – Al Kennedy, of the House To Astonish podcast.

Together, we examine the most in-depth exploration of the Negative Zone to date; pick holes in 1960s natal care, discover The Adventures of Night Optometrist, explore the etymology of Annihilus, take up residence in the Arenas of Crochet and Cribbage, listen to Anihilus Sings Barry White, play Star In A Reasonably Priced Fantasticar, and get the only Acrobat update  you’ll ever need to receive.

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 #26: Flame On 64

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , , on August 4, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #26, page 4, panel 2

Fantastic Four #26, page 4, panel 2

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

I don’t have a huge amount to say about this panel. It’s nice to see Johnny battered and bruised (I think of it as payback for all those weeks spent reading Strange Tales!), and his insistence on rejoining the fight even though he’s not at his best is noble and heroic.

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

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