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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.

The Fantasticast Episode 152: Fantastic Four #130 – Battleground: The Baxter Building

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2015 by quizlacey

The Fantasticast Episode 152

Longbox Amnesia

Hello, and welcome to episode 152 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

Big changes are afoot in this week’s episode of The Fantasticast. Fantastic Four #152 sees the Frightful Four infiltrate the Baxter Building, striking a blow at the heart of the Fantastic Four. With the team seemingly broken apart and defeated, can the combined force of Franklin and Sue Richards save the day? What unthinkable consequences will their actions bring? And can this set of show notes get any more overwrought?

We also read your e-mails, plug our friends participating in Secret Convergence on Infinite Podcasts, discuss just why Reed Richards isn’t working for us in Secret Wars, encounter melodramatic Johnny Storm’s melodrama, and give more thought to Gorgon’s footwear than anyone has ever given before.

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 151: Fantastic Four #129 – The Frightful Four Plus One

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , on October 24, 2015 by quizlacey

The Fantasticast Episode 151

Attack Of The Giant Asterisk

Hello, and welcome to episode 151 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 another landmark issue of The Fantastic Four, as issue #129 sees the introduction of the fiery Femizon, Thundra. As the Fantastic Four start to splinter and fracture, the Frightful Four mount a brutal attack on the Thing and Medusa. Roy Thomas and John Buscema have big changes in store for the team, and we’re here to guide you through them.

As well as this, we’re also displaying totes accurate accents, questioning the choice of chauvinism over survival, and spanking the Trapster’s arse. Look, if we didn’t, who would?

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 150: Fantastic Four #128 – Death In A Dark And Lonely Place

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

The Fantasticast Episode 150

How Do You Avoid Sadness?

Hello, and welcome to episode 150 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

150. That’s quite a number, and one we’re really proud of. Nearly four years to the day after we sat down to record our first episode, we’re passing a century-and-a-half’s worth of episodes. Thankfully, we’ve got a cracking Fantastic Four issue to take a look at, with Roy Thomas and John Buscema’s Fantastic Four #128.

It’s a subterranean tour de force, with the Mole Man, Kala and Tyrannous battling it out for dominion of the underworld. There’s a legally-mandated bonus set of posters, a good thing, a good read, the question of Mantis or Moondragon, and the mystery of the missing preacher. We’ve packed this episode with geekery, trivia, and the inability to read out loud. Would you expect anything less?

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 149: Fantastic Four #127 – Where The Sun Dares Not Shine

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , on October 10, 2015 by quizlacey

The Fantasticast Episode 149

I Am A Mole (Man) And I Live In A Hole (Man)

Hello, and welcome to episode 149 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 #127, in which Roy Thomas and John Buscema bring together the myriad rulers of the subterranean kingdoms of the Marvel Universe – The Mole Man, Kala, and Tyrannus. It’s a melting pot of underground intrigue, with lashings of moloids, a giant lizard, and just a little touch of brainwashing.

We’ve also got your listener e-mails, wonderfully sappy number one single, more false starts than a thing that contains a large number of false starts (look, it’s late, and metaphors are hard), and news of some sort of infinitely secret convergence…

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 148: Fantastic Four #126 – The Way It Began

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , on October 3, 2015 by quizlacey

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Deja Vu All Over Again

Hello, and welcome to episode 148 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 dawning of a new era for the Fantastic Four as Roy Thomas comes on board as the regular writer, with Fantastic Four #126. And what better way to start a new era than by revisiting the start of the previous era? Yes, it’s time to retell the origin of the Fantastic Four, complete with extra dialogue, homages to Jack Kirby’s panel layouts, and some alarming trousers.

Joining us to examine this new beginning is our regular cover designer, Sam Savage. Sam’s responsible for each individual episode image, and we’re celebrating 100 episodes with his work. Both Sam and Andy have also featured together in the latest Back Issue magazine, which we also find the time to discuss as well. Follow Sam on twitter at @SLPSavage

We also have an excerpt from the Power Records adaptation of this comic. The full audio and scans of the pages can be found at the Power Records blog run by Rob Kelly of the Aquaman Shrine. Do check it out!

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

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

The-Fantasticast-Episode-147Penicillin

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

The-Fantasticast-Episode-145

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.

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