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The Fantasticast Episode 156: Fantastic Four #133 – Thundra At Dawn

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2015 by quizlacey

 

The Fantasticast Episode 156

Thought Bubble Be Crazy

Hello, and welcome to episode 156 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 a week of new beginnings for the Fantastic Four. It’s the first issue to be written by Marvel mainstay Gerry Conway. It’s also the first issue to be drawn by a woman, as Silver and Bronze Age legend Ramona Fradon provides fill-in pencils for this issue. And what pencils they are!

Tundra’s back, and spoiling for a fight with the Thing on New Year’s Eve. We’ve got plots of mass destruction, foreshadowing for the climax of Iron Man 2, and someone literally attempting to turn back time. We’ve also got the unusual story of how Steve ended up partying with DMC (the clue’s in the title), and a moment of pure physical pain for one of the hosts.

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 155: Fantastic Four #132 – Omega The Ultimate Enemy!

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , on November 21, 2015 by quizlacey

The Fantasticast Episode 155

Roy Thomas’s Illicit Wank

Hello, and welcome to episode 155 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 looking at Roy Thomas’s final issue of the Fantastic Four for a couple of years. It’s the concluding part of the two-part story pitting Crystal, Quicksilver and Johnny against the Alpha Primitives in the Inhumans’ Great Refuge, and big changes are in store for the team by the end of the issue. Costume changes, lineup changes, relationship changes, writer changes… everything’s changing!

It’s a story of maturity, and a story of confused imperialistic themes and of misplaced audience sympathies. It’s also a story of Steve trying to tiptoe through the language of talking about this, with mixed success. It’s also a story of Black Bolt’s Coffee Shop, but that’s a very small part of the story.

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 154: Fantastic Four #131 – Revolt In Paradise

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , on November 14, 2015 by quizlacey

The Fantasticast Episode 154

Flamenco Exposition

Hello, and welcome to episode 154 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 covering the first part of Roy Thomas’s final Fantastic Four story for a few years. John Buscema’s taking a holiday, so Ross Andru swings by to provide fill-in art for this story featuring Johnny Storm, Crystal and Quicksilver in the Great Refuge. The Alpha Primitives are revolting… and they’re not too happy about their status as slaves either!

It’s an episode packed full of romance, fill-in art, the intentional immorality of Benjamin J. Grimm, existential links, discovering that Crystal doesn’t know how to kiss, and the revelation that Black Bolt is The Karate Kid.

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 153: Marvel Team-Up #6 – As Those Who Will Not See!

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , on November 7, 2015 by quizlacey

The Fantasticast Episode 153

The Secret Origin Of Phil

Hello, and welcome to episode 153 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

We’re dipping our toes back into the world of Marvel Team-Up, with issue #5. The Thing is the guest-star for this issue, stepping forward in his own right for the first time. Can you tell that Marvel Two-In-One is on the horizon? This titanic team-up also features two (count ’em, two!) villains, the nefarious Mad Thinker and the strangely sympathetic Puppet Master. After a decade of radioactive clay, the time has come to discover his secret origin.

Joining us for this team-up is Fantasticast artist Mike Georgiou. Creator of Steve and Bob, and Elemental Micah, Mike is the owner of a proud beard and a fluffy tablecloth. He’s also the creator of our wonderful show artwork, and we’re very pleased to welcome him back to the show. Check out his work at mikedraws.co.uk or follow @mikedraws on twitter.

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.

Episode cover design by Samuel Savage.

Strange Tales #124: It’s… ASBESTOS!!! 30

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , , on November 2, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #124, page 10, panel 6

Strange Tales #124, page 10, panel 6

Strange Tales #124: It’s… ASBESTOS!!! 30

Written by: Smilin’ Stan Lee

Illustrated by: Darlin’ Dick Ayers

Inked by: Peerless P. Reinman

Lettered by: Adorable Art Simek

You can probably tell I’ve got a big grin on my face whilst creating this post. I’m a huge fan of ridiculous uses of asbestos in 1960s Fantastic Four comics, and the suggestion that Paste Pot Pete has mixed asbestos with his paste to create a fireproof, quick-setting adhesive is completely ludicrous. I mean, for a start, there’s a very good chance that the smothering effect of the paste alone renders the need for a fireproof material null and void. And let’s not talk about the logistics of mixing a fibrous substance into a viscous liquid without further reducing its viscosity.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #124 on our thirty-third episode: Bad Horse, Bad Horse, with special guest host David Walker

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