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The Fantasticast Episode 102: Fantastic Four #88 – A House There Was

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , on October 18, 2014 by quizlacey

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Disparaging The Words Of Clark Griswold

Hello, and welcome to episode 102 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

This week we finally get to Fantastic Four #88, after a previous attempt at recording the episode went horribly wrong. We managed to re-secure the services of the wonderful Shagg Matthews of the Fire And Water Podcast and the Who’s Who: A DC Universe Podcast to help us through this issue.

And what an issue it is. Despite some fairly obvious warning signs, Reed and Sue decide to buy a very unsuitable house for them to live in with the still unnamed baby, and wouldn’t you believe it – it turns out to be a sort-of-trap laid by a super-villain! All this, and Sue’s collection of snow globes, job opportunities for hyper-intelligen space clouds, and we answer the burning question of the moment: Is hentai comic-code approved?

Shagg’s latest podcasting venture is a guide to the Ultraverse comics published by Malibu in the 1990s. It launches this weekend, and can be found at http://ultraversepodcast.com

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

Send in your feedback to fantastic4podcast@gmail.com, leave your comments at the libsyn site, or below. Follow us on twitter, where we are @fantasticast

Original artwork by Michael Georgiou. Check out his work at mikedraws.co.uk

Episode cover design by Samuel Savage.

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Strange Tales #121: Flamin’ ‘Eck 44

Posted in Flamin' 'Eck with tags , , , , , , on October 13, 2014 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #121, page 13, panel 3

Strange Tales #121, page 13, panel 3

Written in the sensational style of Stan Lee

Drawn in the marvellous manner of Dick Ayers

Lettered by: Art Simek

For me, one of the best things about this period of Strange Tales is that the stories are so bland, there’s very little for me to pull out and post. At least under the terms of this blog, otherwise the panel where Johnny, under attack from acorns, is extinguished whilst crying ‘Too many of them! Covered in dew! So moist!’ would be a definite contender.

So, we instead get this panel from later on in the story where Johnny decides to call for the police, not the Fantastic Four, by using the ‘Four’ signal. He’s somehow managed to alter his flame so that instead of cracking the glass of the conservatory and setting fire to the building, it passes harmlessly through the roof and into the sky. I have no idea how he achieved this…

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #121 on our thirtieth episode: Horny Namor

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Strange Tales #121: Flame On 66

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , on October 12, 2014 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #121, page 6, panel 1

Strange Tales #121, page 6, panel 1

Written in the sensational style of Stan Lee

Drawn in the marvellous manner of Dick Ayers

Lettered by: Art Simek

Strange Tales #121 featured the return of one of the more notable (and infamous) Human Torch villains – The Plant Man. Remember him? He’s the lunatic, convinced that plants had intelligence, who found himself able to command any vegetable matter when a lightning bolt hit his special pruning shears. He’s the only villain to temporarily defeat the Human Torch with the morning dew, and to escape by encasing himself in a tree.

He launches a wave of crime in Glendale, avoiding interrupting by dampening Johnny and locking him in the closet for half an hour. Johnny catches up with Doris at the scene of one of the crimes, before flying away, with his catchphrase once again framed as a sound effect rather than a cry or shout.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #121 on our thirtieth episode: Horny Namor

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The Fantasticast Episode 101.5: A Huge Mistake Has Been Made

Posted in Podcast with tags on October 11, 2014 by quizlacey

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Hello, and welcome to episode 101.5 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

Except for this one. Unfortunately, a recent recording went horribly wrong when a software crash caused one of the tracks to save with multiple, unsurmountable errors. So, we’re delaying for a week whilst we get our re-record sorted.

As is traditional when this sort of thing happens, we’re not going to leave you empty-eared for a week. To keep your Fantasticast cravings under control, we’re presenting a selection of our favourite outtakes, distractions, insults, and idiocy from episodes 21-30. Featuring special appearances from our guest-hosts David Wynne and Michael Bailey.

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

Send in your feedback to fantastic4podcast@gmail.com, leave your comments at the libsyn site, or below. Follow us on twitter, where we are @fantasticast

Original artwork by Michael Georgiou. Check out his work at mikedraws.co.uk

Episode cover design by Samuel Savage.

Fantastic Four #27: Sue’s Force Fields Of Awesome 13

Posted in Sue's Force Fields of Awesome, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #27, page 22, panels 4-5

Fantastic Four #27, page 22, panels 4-5

Presented by the most talked-about team in comics: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, author and illustrator extraordinary

Inked by: George Roussos

Lettered by: S. Rosen

Our final entry from Fantastic Four #27 returns the focus to the object of this story, Sue Storm. I use the word object very deliberately, as, up to this point, this is how she’s been portrayed. She’s a thing for both Reed and Namor to covet, from the cheesecake portrait at the start of the issue, to Namor’s stalking and kidnapping, to Reed’s uncharacteristic rage when he can’t have the thing he considers his. At one point, she was literally put into a glass display case in Namor’s throne room.

What saves Sue is her defining moment of awesome shown here, stepping up and using her fields to force her combating suitors apart. A rare moment of authority from Sue, these two panels allow her to be actualised somewhat, although the conclusion of the story has her committing to Reed and him being distrustful of her intentions, rather than a more interesting dramatic twist of having Sue temporarily reject Reed following his behaviour in this issue.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #27 on our thirtieth episode: Horny Namor

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Fantastic Four #27: Reed’s Stretchy Body 72

Posted in Reed's Stretch Body with tags , , , , , , , on October 9, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #27, page 20, panel 5

Fantastic Four #27, page 20, panel 5

Presented by the most talked-about team in comics: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, author and illustrator extraordinary

Inked by: George Roussos

Lettered by: S. Rosen

The inventiveness continues. One of the joys of revisiting this issue panel-by-panel has been to see the sheer number of different ways in which Kirby manages to visually depict Reed’s stretching powers. As we can see, Reed has made a bow from his body, and that visual is really strong.

So, let’s thanks Stan’s penchant for over-writing for working against the art here. We really don’t need Namor and Reed narrating this panel – it’s obvious that it’s a bow, and that Namor is going to be the arrow. It’s a shame – with two small dialogue balloons instead of three overwritten ones, this would be a really great panel.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #27 on our thirtieth episode: Horny Namor

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Fantastic Four #27: Reed’s Stretchy Body 71

Posted in Reed's Stretch Body with tags , , , , , , , on October 8, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #27, page 20, panel 2

Fantastic Four #27, page 20, panel 2

Presented by the most talked-about team in comics: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, author and illustrator extraordinary

Inked by: George Roussos

Lettered by: S. Rosen

It’s been a couple of weeks since we last checked in with Fantastic Four #27. I hope you enjoyed the week of special content celebrating our 100th episode. It was great fun to put that all together, to get Andy onto the blog, and to share some behind-the-scenes secrets of the show with you all.

It should come as no surprise that Reed and Namor are still throwing down with each other. You don’t make a move on Sue (by which I mean, kidnap her and imprison her in your underwater palace) without risking the wrath of Reed, and this wrath continues to manifest itself in inventive uses of his stretching powers. In 89 issues of the Fantastic Four read for the show, this still stands out as the only time Reed uses his legs not only as a trip wire but to flip an opponent upside down.

Great stuff!

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #27 on our thirtieth episode: Horny Namor

[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/ffcast/FF_Episode_30.mp3]
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