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Fantastic Four #29: Property Damage 27

Posted in Property Damage with tags , , , , , , , on June 29, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #29, page 6, panel 2

Fantastic Four #29, page 6, panel 2

Fantastic Four #29: Property Damage 27

Written with a dash of greatness by: Stan Lee

Drawn with a hint of glory by: Jack Kirby

Inked with a touch of drama by: Chic Stone

Lettered with a bottle of india ink by: S. Rosen

Hi, Ben. we need to talk. We understand that it’s been difficult for you in the past few years, what with the transformation, the fact that it’s my fault, that my wife fiancee girlfriend whatever this is goaded you into flying the ship, the endless teasing of regaining of your human form. We get that you can’t walk down the street without attracting attention, that you’ll only truly be good at hide and seek in the Colorado desert, and the only clothing that really fits is your trunks.

But that was a really nice table, man. Really nice. It was well-varnished, it was over a hundred years old, and it was blue. Do you know just how difficult it was to find a blue, antique table? About as hard as finding yellow paint that makes the walls and floor seem like one depth-less plane! You need to do something about your anger…

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #29 on our thirty-second episode: Now With Genuine People Personalities

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The Fantasticast Episode 134: Fantastic Four #118 – Thunder In The Ruins

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2015 by quizlacey

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Undoing The Incursions

Hello, and welcome to episode 134 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 taking a look at Fantastic Four #118, as Johnny Storm tries to undo Crystal’s  brainwashing, Diablo plays with his chemicals, and Ben Grimm takes a journey to Earth-A, where everyone looks like Reed, except… Reed? We’re also taking a look at Sub-Mariner #45. I say we… does anyone have anything they want to confess?

We’re also taking a look at Dan Slott’s greatest achievement, and… other fun things, but I forgot to take notes, so I’m just desperately filling space here. So, that Game of Thrones, huh? Boy, words are hard to think of…

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.

 

Elemental Micah by Michael Georgiou

Posted in Uncategorized on June 21, 2015 by quizlacey

Michael Georgiou is one of my closest friends, and the man behind the wonderful Fantasticast artwork. I first met Mike at my first Thought Bubble Festical in 2012, where he was sharing a table with Fantasticast guest-host David Wynne. We quickly become good friends and, for my 30th birthday, he presented me the artwork for use in the show. We decided to thank him by having him join us as guest-host for episodes 64 and 65, featuring the first appearance of the Kree, their Sentry, and the Supreme Intelligence.

Mike’s creator-owned comic series is Elemental Micah, published through Orang-Utan Comics:

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When you lost your virginity, did you feel like a God? Micah did.
For a guy who is overweight, slobby, gay with very poor eyesight, a very broken nose and a name people never seem to get right, you wonder whether the Fates were on the ale when they were choosing him.
Or did the Fates choose him?
How did he gain these powers? Did he earn them mystically, inherit them from his family or was he in contact with a radioactive animal of sorts?
And what’s the purpose of having these powers? There aren’t any super villains around, so who does he really have to fight? Is there actually a need for a person with such luxuries if, as it is believed, he is the only one?
Until he finds out, he’ll keep having his misadventures with Dana, Simon, and his dog Alfonzo, and hopefully he’ll discover the meaning of his existence.

This weekend, he’s redesigned and relaunched the website for Elemental Micah, and to celebrate, the first four issues are available on a pay-what-you-want basis. Please do head over and give the series a read, and throw some money in the direction of one of our guest-hosts and of someone who has done some wonderful work for our show!

The Fantasticast Episode 133: Fantastic Four #117 – The Flame And The Quest

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2015 by quizlacey

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Expository Pyjamas

Hello, and welcome to episode 133 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

Much like Breaking Bad, this episode of the Fantasticast is all about Crystal (I apologise for that terrible joke). Fantastic Four #117 starts the search for Johnny Storm’s true love, with Archie Goodwin and John Buscema weaving a globe-trotting, Thing-scaring tale. We’re also looking at Sub-Mariner #44, where an evil hippie-burning Johnny Storm helps Namor against Llyra and Tiger-Shark. Finally, we’ve a brief peek at a few panels of Avengers #94, a true turning point in the Kree-Skrull War.

As well as all this goodness, we present The Adventures of the Cul-De-Sac Crew, the greatest unintended consequence of Secret Wars, and Bagpuss in cosplay. As for what happens when Rita Repulsa meets the Sub-Mariner… you won’t believe what happens next!

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, but more importantly, head over to www.elementalmicah.com where Mike’s creator-owned comic, Elemental Micah, is currently available on a pay-what-you-want basis!

Episode cover design by Samuel Savage.

Fantastic Four #29: Property Damage 26

Posted in Property Damage, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #29, page page 4, panel 4

Fantastic Four #29, page page 4, panel 4

Fantastic Four #29: Property Damage 26

Written with a dash of greatness by: Stan Lee

Drawn with a hint of glory by: Jack Kirby

Inked with a touch of drama by: Chic Stone

Lettered with a bottle of india ink by: S. Rosen

Does the Fantastic Four get more classic than this? An angry, emotionally fraught Ben Grimm causes unintentional property damage in a pique of self-pity. The drama crosses the line into melodrama, but it’s broadly drawn emotional dilemmas like this that encapsulate the appeal of Marvel Comics in the 1960s.

Talking of broadly drawn… the standard convention is draw The Thing with many small rocky elements. The larger plates, as seen across his back here, are a great example of how he was envisioned by Kirby before he settled on the greater detail a couple of years down the line. I rather like it, as it plays to the strengths of Chic Stone, allowing for some great detail on the shading to suggest variations in depth.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #29 on our thirty-second episode: Now With Genuine People Personalities

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The Fantasticast Episode 132: Fantastic Four #116 – The Enemy… The Ally… And Armageddon!

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 13, 2015 by quizlacey

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Doom Shall Lead Them

Hello, and welcome to episode 132 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 present a giant-sized episode, covering Fantastic Four #116 and Avengers #93 – both oversized, 25c special issues. In FF #116, the Over-Mind saga concludes with a shocking plot twist completely spoiled by the cover. Aganst all odds, the Over-Mind finally presents an interesting and formidable threat to the Fantastic Four, Doctor Doom, and the entire planet. Here’s hoping a deus ex machina doesn’t resolve this plot…

We’re also looking at Avengers #93, which doesn’t feature any members of the Fantastic Four. It doesn, however, feature some utterly astonishing artwork from Neal Adams and Tom Palmer, as well as the deadliest cows ever seen in a Marvel comic. And when the only other notable cow in the Marvel Universe is Bova, that doesn’t mean much.

Presented by gross, bumbling idiots and fumble-witted fools, this episode features Johnny Storm vs the pit from The Dark Knight Rises, an examination of Agatha Harkness’s mutant ability to remove agency from the Fantastic Four, and the greatest entrance to date of Doctor Doom.

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.

 

The Fantasticast Episode 131: Fantastic Four #115 – The Secret Of The Eternals

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , on June 6, 2015 by quizlacey

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Planet Of The Moderately-Trained Baristas

Hello, and welcome to episode 131 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

The saga of the Over-Mind trundles on, with an extended origin flashback for the villain in Fantastic Four #115. Stan Lee’s on holiday, so we welcome Awesome Archie Goodwin as scripter for the Fantastic Four for the next few issues. Steve fails to do an interview, Secret Wars II continues (sort of) in this podcast, and the true origins of Parallax are revealed.

To help us through this issue, we are proud to welcome fellow podcaster W. Blaine Dowler to the show. You may know Blaine from his e-mails to the show, from his podcasts covering the X-Files or comic book science, but you should definitely know him from his Unofficial 75 Greatest Marvels podcast, available at bureau42.com – go check it out, as both Andy and Steve have made guest appearances over there.

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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