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The Fantasticast Episode 108: Fantastic Four #94 – The Return Of The Frightful Four

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2014 by quizlacey

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How Many Seamen On The Love Boat?

Hello, and welcome to episode 108 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, Steve and Andy welcome Emily Middleton of the Relatively Geeky Podcast Network to the show. As the host of Uncovering The Bronze Age, Emily is ideally positioned to help us transition from the 1960s to the 1970s. And, as the daughter of previous guest-host Alan Middleton, she even has our Skype contacts already on her computer!

We’re covering a veritable stack of comics this episode. Fantastic Four #94 features the first appearance of Agatha Harkness, the return of the Frightful Four, the naming of the younger Richards, and a very scary cat. We’re also taking a look at Incredible Hulk #123, where Reed is responsible for a big change for Bruce Banner, and Namor, The Sub-Mariner #21, where Ben Grimm records a voicemail message.

As well as all of this, we’re also taking a very brief look at our experiences at the recent Thought Bubble convention. Spoiler: It was awesome!

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

Episode cover design by Samuel Savage.

The Fantasticast Episode 107: Fantastic Four #93 – At The Mercy Of Torgo

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 22, 2014 by quizlacey

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Yet Another Piece Of The Action, See?

Hello, and welcome to episode 107 of The Fantasticast, see? Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four, see?

OK, we’ve done that joke to death. This week sees us tackle Fantastic Four #93 as the saga of The Thing’s enslavement on the gangster world with gladiatorial deathmatches comes to a close. Not necessarily a conclusion, but it certainly stops. Do the Fantastic Four have an actual role to play in the issue? Will the long-promised battle between Torgo and the Thing live up to expectations? And what happens when mobsters start arguing the finer points of the rulebook?

We’re also taking a rare side-trip into The Incredible Hulk with issue #122. Reed’s got a cure for the Hulk, and it’s the first Hulk/Thing battle in several years. Herb Trimpe’s on art, and without spoiling too much, this issue is a pleasant surprise. We also examine the contents of the Hulk’s green-skinned grab bag, which is less of a pleasant surprise.

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.

The Fantasticast Episode 106: Fantastic Four #92 – Ben Grimm, Killer

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , on November 22, 2014 by quizlacey

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Another Piece Of The Action, See?

Hello, and welcome to episode 106 of The Fantasticast, see? Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four, see?

It’s Thought Bubble weekend, and Steve and Andy are busy trying to teach comics fans at the Royal Armouries in Leeds how to talk like a 1920s gangster, see? The reason for this is that this week’s episode features covereage of the third (second-and-a-halfth) part of the Thing Enslaved story, in Fantastic Four #92, see?

Marvel at the delights of lazily designed and named Magno-Man! Delight at the appearance of Cat Man! No, not that one. Or that one. Thrill at the dropping of a running gag regarding the insertion of the word ‘see’ at the end of each sentence! All this, and the Swindon version of Seal’s greatest hit!

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

Episode cover design by Samuel Savage.

The Fantasticast Episode 105: Fantastic Four #91 – The Thing Enslaved

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 8, 2014 by quizlacey

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A Piece Of The Action, See?

Hello, and welcome to episode 105 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four, see?

This week, we focus our gaze onto two comics, see? In Fantastic Four #91, The Thing is transported to a Star Trek episode and has to pretend that he’s not seen the series, see? Meanwhile, in Amazing Spider-Man #77, The Torch treads on Spidey’s toes as he tries to restrain the Lizard, see? With artwork from Sal Buscema, this is a rare thing –  a 1960s Torch/Spidey crossover that we actually enjoy, see?

We also bear withness to the strange fate of Whitey Mullins, examine the maxim ‘With Great Balls Comes Great Responsibility’, and Andy teaches Steve how to talk gangster, see?

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

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, see?

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

Episode cover design by Samuel Savage, see?

The Fantasticast Episode 104: Fantastic Four #90 – The Skrull Takes A Slave

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2014 by quizlacey

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No Vagrant Is Safe

Hello, and welcome to episode 104 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 start our coverage of the last extended storyline from Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, with Fantastic Four #90: The Skrull Takes A Slave. It’s a bit more than that, though, as the issue takes some time to wrap up the previous Mole Man story as well. There’s torture, deathly danger, and some lovely new clothes for The Thing.

As well as this, we’ve got an e-mail looking ahead to our 200th episode, the first and only Fantasticast ‘rap battle’, and a very long discussion about hair…

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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.

The Fantasticast Episode 103: Fantastic Four #89 – The Madness Of The Mole Man

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , on November 2, 2014 by quizlacey

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Return Of The Shagg

Hello, and welcome to episode 103 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 on the show, we cover Fantastic Four #89, with its hysterical blindness, and a plot hole so huge and inconsistent that only one of the team picked up on it. Returning this week is Shagg Matthews, of the Fire And Water Podcast and the Who’s Who: A DC Universe Podcast, as well as the brand new Ultraverse Podcast.

As well as this, Steve has a series of shocking admissions to make regarding the things that he’s seen, the things that he’s not seen, and the things that he really should have seen…

Check out Andy’s article on the Battlestar Galactica pilot here.

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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