Archive for April, 2015

Strange Tales #122: It’s… ASBESTOS!!!

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , , on April 13, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #122, page 6, panel 2

Strange Tales #122, page 6, panel 2

Rapidly written by Stan Lee

Speedily sketched by Dick Ayers

Instantly inked by Geo. Bell

Lazily lettered by S. Rosen

Doctor Doom’s trio of master-less henchmen continue to haunt the pages of Strange Tales #122. In a series that boasted the original Plant Man, the Fifth Dimension, the Sorcerer, and the guy who nearly blew up Glendale with a nuclear bomb, it’s quite something that these should be the most tedious, annoying and forgettable villains of this run. Thankfully, in this panel, my interest levels are raised by my favourite word in Stan Lee’s vocabulary:

Asbestos!

This time, it’s an asbestos rope, which the… er… one with the headdress (look, you didn’t expect me to remember their names, did you?) uses to lasso the Human Torch. This rope would go on to have a minor role in the early Marvel Universe, resurfacing in the hands of the Enforcers in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man. It must be the same one – there clearly isn’t a market for mass production!

And what’s that being held in the background?

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #122 on our thirty-first episode: Just Three Of The Guys, with special guest-host Shawn Engel.

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The Fantasticast Episode 125: Fantastic Four #109 – Death In The Negative Zone

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , on April 11, 2015 by quizlacey

The Fantasticast Episode 125 (300)

No Smoking Except In The Designated (Negative) Zones

Hello, and welcome to episode 125 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’re returning to the Negative Zone for the second full appearance of Annihilus, The Death That Walks, in Fantastic Four #109. As befits the return of one of our favourite villains (and Janus, the Nega-Man), we’ve roped in a special guest host. The Pop Culture Hound himself, Chris Thompson, joins us from Orbital Comics to explore  this issue.

As well as being joined by one of the best comics creator interviewers out there, we find the time to discuss just what exactly the point of an extend-o-platform is, casual racism towards gargoyles, Reed Richards in the 25th Century, and Clive Dunn. Yes, Clive Dunn. No, I’m not explaining why – you’ll have to listen for that!

Chris’s podcast backlog can be found at popculturehound.net. New episodes of Orbital Comics In Conversation can be found at http://www.orbitalcomics.com/podcast/. You can also follow Chris on twitter where he is @popculturehound.

As a small addendum, the Chip Zdarsky event discussed at the start of the show isn’t last week, it’s today – Saturday April 11th. Grab your Sex Criminals, conceal them in a brown paper bag, and head down to get them signed!

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 at fantasticflameon.wordpress.com. 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.

Strange Tales #122: Flame On 67

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , , on April 8, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #122, page 5, panel 6

Strange Tales #122, page 5, panel 6

Rapidly written by Stan Lee

Speedily sketched by Dick Ayers

Instantly inked by Geo. Bell

Lazily lettered by S. Rosen

We’re back to Strange Tales today, with a story that quite literally nobody asked for – the return of Doctor Doom’s underwhelming henchmen from Fantastic Four #22 (or #23, as the cover would have it). In a move which never bodes well for a story, almost the entirety of the first three pages are flashbacks, with Dick Ayers redrawing the work of Jack Kirby to recap the issue.

Not much better is the plan of the henchmen, which involves one of the trio (Handsome Harry, with his power to hear things) turning up on Johnny’s doorstep and enticing him into joining him in a garage to look at a car. With his dark glasses, long coat and suspicious hat, it’s very hard to read this scene without remembering the advice of every parent – don’t accept cars from strangers. Was it cars? It might have been sweets…

Johnny eventually rumbles the plot against him. And by ‘rumbles’, I mean ‘has the plot revealed to him’ and reacts by flaming on. I’m not sure I really like Ayers and Roussos’s depiction of Johnny flaming on – he looks like his limbs are too small for his body, and the exterior inking lines are very thick. And why exactly does he fly around so much in such a small space?

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #122 on our thirty-first episode: Just Three Of The Guys, with special guest-host Shawn Engel.

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Fantastic Four #28: Reed’s Stretchy Body 77

Posted in Reed's Stretch Body with tags , , , , , , , on April 7, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #28, page 14, panel 6

Fantastic Four #28, page 14, panel 6

Written by Stan Lee (The Leader!)

Drawn by Jack Kirby (The King!)

Inked by Chic Stone (The Master!)

Lettered by Art Simek (The Letterer!)

The Fantastic Four and the X-Men don’t exactly have an illustrious history of team-ups. There’s the Pat Lee Fantastic Four/X-Men miniseries from about a decade ago, which was terrible. There was the weird Ultimate X-Men/Ultimate Fantastic Four miniseries that came towards the end of both of those titles, which was about the same level of quality as the parent titles. There’s the Claremont/Bogdanove miniseries, which is actually rather good. And then there’s this issue, the first meeting of the teams, which is generic beyond belief.

Today’s panel comes from the second major battle between the two teams, which takes place on a deserted mountaintop, and threatens to be a repeat of the first battle but without any pesky walls getting in the way. The Thinker and the Puppet Master have other plans, having booby-trapped the mountaintop with all sorts of devices that remove combatants from the team one-by-one.

We see here that Reed somehow gets caught up on a revolving reel that suddenly pops up from the ground. I guess it was lucky that Reed stepped on the exact spot between the two components of the reel, as it’s hard to see just how this could have been effective if he’d been a foot to the right.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #28 on our thirty-first episode: Just Three Of The Guys, with special guest-host Shawn Engel.

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The Fantasticast Episode 124: Fantastic Four #108 – The Monstrous Mystery of the Nega-Man!

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2015 by quizlacey

The Fantasticast Episode 124 (300)

All-New Flashbacks

Hello, and welcome to episode 124 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’re cracking open Fantastic Four #108, and experiencing a bit of deja vu all over again. As is well-know, the contents of Fantastic Four #108 were ‘frankensteined’ together from unused Jack Kirby pages, originally intended for Fantastic Four #102 before they were rejected by Stan Lee. We looked at these pages and the story they were supposed to have told a few weeks back, and now it’s time to look at them in the context of their original release.

John Buscema and John Romita do their best, but there’s something very off about this issue, and it’s not just our frustration at having to read the same pages twice in 6 episodes. But we’re brave and honourable citizens, and our duty is to read these comics, and hopefully we found a new way of looking at them.

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 at fantasticflameon.wordpress.com. 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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