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The Fantasticast Episode 130: Fantastic Four #114 – But Who Shall Stop The Over-Mind?

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2015 by quizlacey

The Fantasticast Episode 130 (300)

Under-Mind, Over-Mind, Wombling Free

Hello, and welcome to episode 130 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 are sitting down to take a detailed look at Fantastic Four #114, featuring continuity, the Over-Mind, an angry dog, the return of Agatha’s resting cloud-face, and awkwardly-timed flashbacks. We’re also casting our eye over Avengers #92, where The Thing proves himself a totally credible witness for the defence.

As well as this, we’re puzzling over the pagination, finding out what happens when Midnight Cowboy meets a Fourth World rip-off, laughing at lacklustre Yancy Street pranks, discovering the unlikely location of the secret of perpetual motion, and counting the notches on the one bedpost in the Marvel Universe you don’t ever want to count notches on!

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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Strange Tales #122: It’s… ASBESTOS!!! 28

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , , on May 29, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #122, page 11, panel 1

Strange Tales #122, page 11, panel 1

Rapidly written by Stan Lee

Speedily sketched by Dick Ayers

Instantly inked by Geo. Bell

Lazily lettered by S. Rosen

I can’t work out if Stan Lee is, at this point, just taking the piss with his dialogue. A grey door does not signify that it’s made from asbestos, and considering all Bull does with the door is wield it threateningly, it’s hard to imagine how asbestos would have made any difference to the offensive properties of the door – namely, that it’s really big and hard and would hurt if he whacked someone with it.

As for what exactly an automatic water cannon is, I’m completely lost. Although, as the man in the brown suit is struggling to turn it on, it can’t be that automatic…

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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Strange Tales #122: Flamin’ ‘Eck 45

Posted in Flamin' 'Eck with tags , , , , , , , on May 27, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales 122 Flamin' 'Eck 44

Strange Tales #10, page 10, panel 4

Rapidly written by Stan Lee

Speedily sketched by Dick Ayers

Instantly inked by Geo. Bell

Lazily lettered by S. Rosen

As I’m going through this story, I’m finding that I have absolutely no recollection of it. I don’t remember the asbestos-lined caravan. I have no memory of the special shower which dries Johnny out by blasting him with steam. This story feels completely new to me.

Sadly, this also means that I don’t remember this moment where Johnny uses an asbestos rope – the same rope which previously caused his flame to die out instantly – to grapple one of his fireballs and… er… hurl it at one of the Terrible Trio. Quite why he needs to do this when he’s previously been able to control his fireballs with an unlikely degree of accuracy is truly beyond me.

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 129: Fantastic Four #113 – The Power Of — The Over-Mind!

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , on May 26, 2015 by quizlacey

The Fantasticast Episode 129 (300)

Cryptic Title Derived From Minor Joke

Hello, and welcome to episode 129 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

The Thing – dead. The Hulk – missing. The Human Torch – angry. Mr Fantastic – prostrate. The Invisible Woman – inconsequential. The Over-Mind – Fourth World-ish. Stan Lee – not paying attention. Steve’s microphone – faulty.

Andy and Steve sit down to cover Fantastic Four #113, featuring the first appearance of the Over-Mind, the fate of Ben Grimm, and plenty of other things that escape me at the point I’m sitting down to write these notes. Some kind of note-pad to be used during the editing would seem to be in order…

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: It’s… ASBESTOS 27

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , , on May 20, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #122, page 7, panels 1-2

Strange Tales #122, page 7, panels 1-2

Rapidly written by Stan Lee

Speedily sketched by Dick Ayers

Instantly inked by Geo. Bell

Lazily lettered by S. Rosen

Some ideas are so crazy, you assume that they’ll stick with you for a long time. I remember asbestos lassos, and asbestos sheet, but for the life of me, I have no memory of reading a comic featuring an asbestos-lined caravan. (Yes, I know the dialogue refers to it as a trailer. But it looks suspiciously like the exact caravan we were bundled into every summer by my Dad, and that would get destroyed on a weekly basis in early seasons of Top Gear).

It’s a wonderfully crazy idea. Not only have the Terrible Trio got hold of asbestos rope and asbestos blankets, but somehow they’ve managed to get hold of some kind of easily-applicable asbestos lining. I like to imagine that it was something similar to sheets of vinyl, and they spent ages with credit cards trying to smooth the air pockets to the edge of the sheet. And failing, because let’s face it, the Terrible Trio are completely terrible.

The worst.

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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Strange Tales #122: It’s… ASBESTOS 26

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , , on May 18, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #122, page 6, panel 3

Strange Tales #122, page 6, panel 3

Rapidly written by Stan Lee

Speedily sketched by Dick Ayers

Instantly inked by Geo. Bell

Lazily lettered by S. Rosen

The Terrible Trio are back, and the only redeeming feature of their return is that they’ve seemingly stopped off at World of Asbestos for a few accessories before conning Johnny. Of course, what they didn’t pick up was a copy of ‘Asbestos For Dummies’ (presumably they thought it would be too high-concept for them), as if they had done so, they’d have learned that the asbestos blanket doesn’t need to be airtight to extinguish the Human Torch’s flame.

Idiots.

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 128: Fantastic Four #112 – Battle Of The Behemoths

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , on May 17, 2015 by quizlacey

The Fantasticast Episode 128 (300)

HULK SMASH PUNY CAROUSEL

Hello, and welcome to episode 128 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 celebrating the 100th issue anniversary of the first meeting of Marvel’s mightiest titans. Back in Fantastic Four #12, the Hulk and the Thing fought for the first time, and today, in Fantastic Four #112, the Incredible and the Ever-Lovin’ do battle once again.

This is the biggest fight between the two to date, and there’s no pesky, meddling Avengers to spoil the fun and steal the thunder. As only Stan Lee, John Buscema and Joe Sinnott could present.

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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