Archive for August, 2015

Fantastic Four #30: Flame On 70

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #30, page 5, panel 5

Fantastic Four #30, page 5, panel 5

Fantasticast Four #30: Flame On 70

Written by: Stan Lee (A rather nice writer)

Illustrated by: Jack Kirby (A quite noteworthy artist)

Inked by: Chic Stone (A somewhat nifty inker)

Lettered by: Art Simek (An occasionally neat letterer)

We’re back. For a little bit, at least. The plan is to try and get ahead on these posts for the next few weeks and get the momentum going again. I suspect it might all go a little wrong, though, as I’m off for two weeks of holiday in mid-September, and it’s slightly more pressing to ensure the podcast hits its release schedule than the blog. Let’s see what happens…

Not that I’m avoiding writing about today’s panel at all, oh no. Reed, Johnny and Sue are on the trail of Ben, who has gone missing in the middle of night, leaving only a trail of destruction leading to a mysterious abandoned castle. Johnny’s ‘Flame On’ leads to his contribution to the tracking – melting through a thick stone wall to see what’s behind it.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #30 on our thirty-third episode: Bad Horse, Bad Horse, with special guest host David Walker

[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/ffcast/FF_Episode_33.mp3]
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The Fantasticast Episode 143: Marvel Team-Up #2 – And Spidey Makes Four

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , on August 29, 2015 by quizlacey

The Fantasticast Episode 143

Peter Parker’s Chin’s Secret Identity

Hello, and welcome to episode 143 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

It’s time for another team-up, in more ways than one. We’re covering Marvel Team-Up #2: The Frightful Four are back, with a surprising new addition to the team, and only the Human Torch can stop them. Aided and abetted by Spider-Man, it’s the teenage heroes of the Marvel Universe against the Fantastic Four’s greatest villains, as well as an unexpected threat from the Negative Zone. All this comics goodness if brought to you by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru and Jim Mooney.

Teaming up with us to tackle this titanic tussle is writer and podcaster James Hunt. James is a regular feature writer at Den of Geek, co-writer of A Brief History Of Time Travel, and part of the panel at the excellent Cinematic Universe podcast. He can be found on twitter as @jameshunt.

Together, all three hosts find themselves carbon-dating Marvel fashions, discovering the Human Torch in polyester, subjecting someone to unexpected and violent disrobing, and musing the possibilities of Garfield Minus Garfield, Plus Lying Cat…

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 142: Fantastic Four #122 – Galactus Unleashed

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , on August 22, 2015 by quizlacey

The Fantasticast Episode 142

Is Galactus A True Scotsman?

Hello, and welcome to episode 142 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 sees us cover Fantastic Four #122. Galactus has arrived on Earth, and he is very hungry. The Fantastic Four get into their most physical confrontation yet with the World Eater, before splitting up and embarking on a daring hijacking mission. Can the Silver Surfer find a way to escape his fate? All this and more in this issue from the hands of Stan Lee, John Buscema and Joe Sinnott.

We’ve also got our regular dose of listener e-mails, Andy embarks on a particularly troublesome elocution safari, and we discover the madness of dating Madness.

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 141: Fantastic Four #121 – The Mysterious Mind-Blowing Secret Of Gabriel

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , on August 15, 2015 by quizlacey

The Fantasticast Episode 141

What Is It? Do Tell!

Hello, and welcome to episode 141 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

It feels like ages since it was just Andy and Steve discussing an issue of The Fantastic Four, and that’s what we’re doing today. Fantastic Four #121, the second part of Stan Lee’s final run on the book, continues to try and find something interesting to do with Gabriel The Air Walker. Will it succeed? The answer may surprise you!

We’re also back to reading your e-mails, and Steve attempts to defend a controversial position with the appropriate amount of nerves. Andy’s advanced amnesia returns, and we ask the important question – what does a herald of Galactus need with a starship?

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 140: Marvel Team-Up #1 – Have Yourself A Sandman Little Christmas

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2015 by quizlacey

The Fantasticast Episode 140 (600)

A Very Sandman History

Hello, and welcome to episode 140 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 branching away from The Fantastic Four to cover the first issue of the iconic team up book from Marvel, Marvel Team-Up. The Human Torch and Spider-Man teaming up to stop the Sandman from… er… anyway. Roy Thomas and Ross Andru team up to bring you this titanic team up.

And they’re not the only ones! To celebrate the launch of this title, we’ve teamed up with Avengers Inspirations and New 52 Adventures of Superman host (and past guest host for The Fantasticast) Jon M. Wilson. Together, we discuss bungalows, explore continuity and nitpicks, index the official indexes, and uncover the secret history of Misty Knight.

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.

Nine Worlds GeekFest 2015 – Find Steve

Posted in Uncategorized on August 7, 2015 by quizlacey

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Hey folks, Steve here.

The Nine Worlds GeekFest 2015 will be taking place this weekend at the Radisson Blu Heathrow Hotel. If you’re there, then there’s a good chance of tracking me down for the purposes of making me really embarrassed and awkward. Also, nice things as well, but I can definitely guarantee the awkwardness! I’ll be working as a full-time steward during the days and evenings of the convention, and as the evening becomes the night, you’ll probably find me in or near a bar.

On Saturday 8th August, I’ll be taking part in three panels as part of the podcasting and comics tracks of programming.

First up, at 10am, I’ll be taking part in:

Show, Don’t Tell: Wordless Comics – Why make wordless comics? What do they represent?
Connaught A, 10:00am – 11:15am (Comics)
Tracks: Comics
Sally Jane Thompson, Sarah Gordon, Kieron Gillen, Howard Hardiman, Steve Lacey

From sign-language to space to animal speech, why make wordless comics and why are they so effective?

Yes, that’s Kieron Gillen on the panel. Of Phonogram, Journey Into Mystery, Young Avengers and The Wicked + The Divine fame. And Howard Hardiman of The Lengths fame. And Sally Jane Thompson of several awesome UK small press comics. And Sarah Gordon, who is, admittedly, a creator I’ve not yet experienced. If you’re wondering if I’m feeling a little out of place and under qualified to be on this panel, then you’re a little right. But, having spent the past few weeks reading comics without dialogue (including more comics from Marvel’s ‘Nuff Said event than I’d really like to have done), I’m looking forward to seeing what the discussion turns up.

At 11.45am, I’ll be pulling on my podcaster hat and participating in:

The Second Annual Podcaster Games – The ultimate geek quiz
Room 32, 11:45am – 1:00pm (Podcasting)
Tracks: Podcasting
Simon Potthast, Anne Louise, Alasdair Stuart, Dan Marshall, Barry Nugent, Gavin Jones, Marguerite Kenner, Steve Lacey

Come see Dan and Gavin from the Sidekickcast preside over the second annual podcaster games, and see which of our teams are worthy of winning the coveted ‘Golden Mic’.

I’m not sure what to expect from this panel, other than that I’ll probably either do really well or really terribly. Either way, I’m looking forward to having a lot of fun!

Finally, at 8.30pm, it’ll be an evening of discussion on space and comics, with the wonderfully-titled:

Laika biting Thanos: Galactic Comics – Five ten-minute talks on SPACE and AWESOME Updated!
Connaught A, 8:30pm – 9:45pm (Comics)
Tracks: Comics
Ed Fortune, Hazel Southwell, Natalie Wilkinson, Steve Lacey

Four speakers present different aspects of cosmic comics: from whether tech leads comics or the other way around, to why we can’t stop thinking about Soviet Space Dogs, via a whole lot of prog headgear.

I’ll be talking about the first comics I read which took me into space, how they influenced me, and why they’re amazing comics that genuinely transcend the medium. As for what these comics are… well, I don’t want to give too much away just yet. But don’t worry – all will be revealed on this weekend’s Fantasticast.

I hope that some of you (admittedly, it’s going to be a very small portion of our audience) are heading over to the convention, and I look forward to meeting you there!

Fantastic Four #30: Reed’s Stretchy Body 79

Posted in Reed's Stretch Body with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #30, page 1

Fantastic Four #30, page 1

Fantasticast Four #30: Reed’s Stretchy Body 79

Written by: Stan Lee (A rather nice writer)

Illustrated by: Jack Kirby (A quite noteworthy artist)

Inked by: Chic Stone (A somewhat nifty inker)

Lettered by: Art Simek (An occasionally neat letterer)

I have no idea what’s going on with Reed on this page. On first glance, it’s pretty simple – he’s using his stretching powers to get above the undergrowth to see ahead. But on closer look, things just don’t seem right. Reed’s belt line is depicted as being below Sue’s crotch, when he’s normally depicted as being taller than her. So, should I presume that in order to stretch his upper body, Reed had to shrink his lower?

Normally, Reed maintains the general proportions of his body whilst stretching. If using his body to bridge the gap between two skyscrapers, his beltline will remain at the middle of his body, and his limbs will maintain similar sizes. I’m really not sure why he’s chosen to ignore those proportions here – just look at the difference in size between his two arms – but it’s unsettling to see him break the ‘rules’ of his stretching.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #30 on our thirty-third episode: Bad Horse, Bad Horse, with special guest host David Walker

[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/ffcast/FF_Episode_33.mp3]
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