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The Fantasticast Episode 147: Fantastic Four #125 – The Monster’s Secret

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

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Hello, and welcome to episode 147 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 the end of another era for the Fantastic Four, as Fantastic Four #125 marks the final work by Stan Lee as regular writer of the book. Concluding the return of the Monster from the Lost Lagoon, this final issue features unlikely concussions, melodramatic melodrama, quick-change costuming, and deep, meaningful morals. Well, three out of four ain’t bad…

We also stop and take a moment to assess Stan’s return to the Fantastic Four, how it compares to his return to Amazing Spider-Man, and whether the Gibbon is better than the Monster. It’s a bittersweet moment for the show, twinged with sadness but filled with the knowledge that an extended run from Roy Thomas is just around the corner…

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 146: Marvel Team-Up #3 – The Power To Purge

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , on September 19, 2015 by quizlacey

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The Waffles Are An Untruth

Hello, and welcome to episode 146 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 dip our toes back into the murky waters of Marvel Team-Up, as the Human Torch once again teams up with Spider-Man, this time to take on the Living Vampire himself, Morbius.

Joining us for this team-up is UK Podcast Award nominee Stacey Taylor, of Stacey’s Pop Culture Parlour and Podcast In A Half-Shell. Together, we name Timothy Spall as the quintessential brummie, out-index the Marvel Index, indulge in some over-ACT-ing, encounter a muffled Spider-Man, get drunk on cheese, and ponder just what exactly an enzyme vampire actually is.

You can find Stacey’s Pop Culture Parlour here, and the Podcast In A Half-Shell hereStacey’s 24 Hour Podcast begins here. You can also find the Parlour on twitter here, and Stacey’s personal twitter is 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 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 145: Fantastic Four #124 – The Return Of The Monster

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2015 by quizlacey

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Walls Aren’t Elastic

Hello, and welcome to episode 145 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’s we’re diving into part one of Stan Lee’s final story for The Fantastic Four, with Fantastic Four #124. Keeping in line with his return to the book, it’s a revisiting of a concept already seen in the book, the mysterious, mute, monster from the Black Lagoon. Will this be a new facet of a confused yet fun story, or a pointless rehash mixed with a lot of running around? Join us, as we find out.

We also check in with Incredible Hulk #153, which sees the Hulk in trial for the destruction and chaos he’s caused. With Matt Murdock defending, Reed Richards finds himself faced with a moral quandry. It’s a mega-Marvel bonanza, guest-starring… well, almost everybody.

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 144: Fantastic Four #123 – This World Enslaved

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2015 by quizlacey

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The Great Galactus Bake-Off

Hello, and welcome to episode 144 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

And lo, there shall be an ending, of a sort. With Galactus poised to eat the entire planet, it’s up to Reed to do the equivalent of reading the small-print, before bragging to the entire planet. Well, when you’ve got the equivalent of a brain the size of a planet, you might as well let everyone know! Fantastic Four #123, Stan Lee’s antepenultimate issue of the Fantastic Four, is our issue for this episode.

However, it’s not our only issue. We have a very brief peak at Captain Ameria and Falcon #150, before taking a more leisurely browse through The Incredible Hulk #152, featuring the prelude to the Trial of the Incredible Hulk. All this, and a detailed look at career paths in the US Army of the Marvel Universe, and the discovery of Galactus’s PIN. And featuring Richard M. Nixon as himself!

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.

Fantastic Four #30: Reed’s Stretchy Body 80

Posted in It's Clobberin' Time with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #30, page 7, panel 1

Fantastic Four #30, page 7, panel 1

Fantasticast Four #30: Reed’s Stretchy Body 80

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)

It’s hard to work out just how Ben was able to knot Reed around the pillar so effectively. I can’t quite imagine that Reed would have been this pliant, or that he couldn’t undo the knotting all by himself. Still, it makes for a nice, fun, energetic image.

Or, it would, if it wasn’t for the strange depiction of Reed. We’re still in the era when Jack Kirby would happily use 6-9 panel pages, resulting in his art feeling more cramped than we are used to seeing it today. But there’s an almost complete lack of definition on Reed’s face, presumably as a result of trying to fit the entire Fantastic Four in a 1/6th page panel. It’s unfortunate, but it really throws off the entire image.

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

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Fantastic Four #30: The Humanity Of Benjamin J. Grimm 10(ish)

Posted in The Humanity Of Benjamin J. Grimm with tags , , , , , , , on September 2, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #30, page 5, panel 8

Fantastic Four #30, page 5, panel 8

Fantasticast Four #30: The Humanity Of Benjamin J. Grimm 10(ish)

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 guess this one counts, even though it’s not a full return to human form. One of the central conceits of this issue is that Diablo’s alchemy is able to partially restore Ben’s human form, reducing his monstrous exterior to little more than a severe skin complaint, whilst retaining a large portion of The Thing’s strength. In the way of all such hokum, the reversion proves to be temporary, and appears to come with some kind of mental persuasion. Ben returns to his Thing form after only 5 pages.

What astonishes me is that Reed never went back to Diablo’s alchemy to see if this temporary cure could be used as the base for a permanent one. Despite Diablo’s nefarious intentions, he is able to partially reverse the transformation, and for an extended period of time. Unlike Reed’s one-time use and temporarily effective cures, Diablo appears to be able to offer a workable solution that could be developed further. I guess this is counted as invalid due to it being created by a villain…

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

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