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The Fantasticast Episode 105: Fantastic Four #91 – The Thing Enslaved

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 8, 2014 by quizlacey

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A Piece Of The Action, See?

Hello, and welcome to episode 105 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four, see?

This week, we focus our gaze onto two comics, see? In Fantastic Four #91, The Thing is transported to a Star Trek episode and has to pretend that he’s not seen the series, see? Meanwhile, in Amazing Spider-Man #77, The Torch treads on Spidey’s toes as he tries to restrain the Lizard, see? With artwork from Sal Buscema, this is a rare thing –  a 1960s Torch/Spidey crossover that we actually enjoy, see?

We also bear withness to the strange fate of Whitey Mullins, examine the maxim ‘With Great Balls Comes Great Responsibility’, and Andy teaches Steve how to talk gangster, see?

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Send in your feedback to fantastic4podcast@gmail.com, leave your comments at the libsyn site, or below. Follow us on twitter, where we are @fantasticast, see?

Original artwork by Michael Georgiou. Check out his work at mikedraws.co.uk, see?

Episode cover design by Samuel Savage, see?

The Fantasticast Episode 104: Fantastic Four #90 – The Skrull Takes A Slave

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2014 by quizlacey

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No Vagrant Is Safe

Hello, and welcome to episode 104 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 start our coverage of the last extended storyline from Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, with Fantastic Four #90: The Skrull Takes A Slave. It’s a bit more than that, though, as the issue takes some time to wrap up the previous Mole Man story as well. There’s torture, deathly danger, and some lovely new clothes for The Thing.

As well as this, we’ve got an e-mail looking ahead to our 200th episode, the first and only Fantasticast ‘rap battle’, and a very long discussion about hair…

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 below. 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 93: Fantastic Four Annual #6 – Let There Be Life

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2014 by quizlacey

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Ambush Bug In Judge Dredd’s Clothing

It’s a giant-sized episode of The Fantasticast for a giant-sized issue of the Fantastic Four. Annual #6 features the first appearance of the classic villain Annihilus, as well as the birth of Franklin Richards. To celebrate these milestones, Steve and Andy have invited a special guest onto the show – Al Kennedy, of the House To Astonish podcast.

Together, we examine the most in-depth exploration of the Negative Zone to date; pick holes in 1960s natal care, discover The Adventures of Night Optometrist, explore the etymology of Annihilus, take up residence in the Arenas of Crochet and Cribbage, listen to Anihilus Sings Barry White, play Star In A Reasonably Priced Fantasticar, and get the only Acrobat update  you’ll ever need to receive.

Don’t forget to answer out Listener Question – Are you currently reading Fantastic Four, and why?

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Amazing Spider-Man #8: Flamin’ ‘Eck 36

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , on May 19, 2014 by quizlacey
Amazing Spider-Man #8, page 22, panel 6

Amazing Spider-Man #8, page 22, panel 6

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: Steve Ditko

Lettered by: S. Rosen

Our final excerpt from Amazing Spider-Man #8 continues the tedious and pointless fight between the Torch and Spider-Man. This is before the completely arbitrary moment where the rest of the team show up and decide to fight Spider-Man just because.

Apparently, this giant fire-ball is some kind of net. Even though it looks like some kind of flame-anemone.

I’m very glad this issue is over…

Check out our coverage of Amazing Spider-Man #8 on our twenty-second episode: Going Underground.

Amazing Spider-Man #8: Flamin’ ‘Eck 35

Posted in Flamin' 'Eck with tags , , , , , , on May 16, 2014 by quizlacey
Amazing Spider-Man #8, page 21, panels 3-4

Amazing Spider-Man #8, page 21, panels 3-4

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: Steve Ditko

Lettered by: S. Rosen

The completely spurious battle continues, with Jack and Steve using visual imagination to create interesting-looking things for the two heroes do, and Stan doing his best to keep up (and over-writing a little).

It’s the flaming buzzsaws, a slightly more reasonable use of Johnny’s powers. These are, for all intents and purposes, fireballs with a different shape. No homing abilities, no fancy flame colours, and no intelligence. It almost – but not quite – gets a pass from me. Just how does he prevent the flames from losing the definition on the teeth of the blades?

Check out our coverage of Amazing Spider-Man #8 on our twenty-second episode: Going Underground.

Amazing Spider-Man #8: Flame On 54

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , on May 15, 2014 by quizlacey
Amazing Spider-Man #8, page 20, panel 3

Amazing Spider-Man #8, page 20, panel 3

Written by: Stan Lee

Drawn by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: Steve Ditko

Lettered by: S. Rosen

The seldom-used team of Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko reunite for this 6-page backup strip in Amazing Spider-Man #8. It’s an unusual strip, where Spider-Man acts like a massive dick for no reason other than to mess with Johnny Storm. Marvel seemed pretty keen to push the idea that their two teenage super-heroes were not-so-friendly rivals, but never really came up with a reason why they would be so antagonistic towards each other.

So, we have Spider-Man gatecrashing a party hosted by Johnny, before goading him into a four-page wacky fight scene where he manages to piss off pretty much everyone at the party to prove how he’s so much better than the Human Torch. Yeah, right…

Anyway, we get an unusual Flame On, where it seems that Johnny is unbuttoning his shirt whilst igniting. I guess his party shirt wasn’t made from unstable molecules…

Check out our coverage of Amazing Spider-Man #8 on our twenty-second episode: Going Underground.

The Fantasticast Episode 78: Amazing Spider-Man Annual #4 – The Web And The Flame

Posted in Podcast, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 26, 2014 by quizlacey

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The Ayn Rand Simile Or Metaphor Theme Song

Annual season continues and concludes here at the Fantasticast. Steve and Andy get to grips with Amazing Spider-Man Annual #4, featuring the latest team-up between the Human Torch and Spider-Man. Memories of Strange Tales Annual #2 are lingering, and with irrelevant villains, forced conflict, and leaps in storytelling logic so vast even Evel Knievel would think twice before leaping across them, there’s good reason for these to linger.

For, hidden underneath the surprisingly good artwork of Larry Lieber, is a Strange Tales story in all but name.

This decpetion has put Steve in a particularly bad mood, and he puts this bad mood to good use this episode. He also uses it to respond to listener e-mails, in a very angry feedback session. Sorry about that…

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The Fantasticast Episode Thirty-Nine: Amazing Spider-Man Classic

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2013 by quizlacey

 

Yes, it’s been a few weeks. I’ve been busy, putting together a series of interviews from May’s London MCM Comic-Con for the 20 Minute Longbox, turning 30, and meeting Joss Whedon, Neil Gaiman and turning 30 all in the space of one fantastically geeky week. I’m behind on linking recent episodes, so I’m going to use the next few days to catch the blog up to date with this weekend’s episode, before returning to the grind of chronicling every single usage of Flame On, It’s Clobberin’ Time, and more.

First up, an episode of the show that featured no issue of Fantastic Four or Strange Tales…

Episode 39

Today, we throw the rules out of the window and staunchly refuse to read any issue of Fantastic Four or Strange Tales. Instead, guided by editors notes, we attempt to put the comics cover-dated February 1965 into some sort of continuity order.

So, we start with Amazing Spider-Man #21, co-featuring The Human Torch. It’s a three-way smackdown between Johnny Storm, Peter Parker, and Abner Jenkins. You know, The Beetle! We then briefly head over to Avengers #13 to see how the Four deal with the plans of Count Nefaria. And yes, I say Avengers #13. Unlike on the show, where Steve repeatedly says Avengers #12. Ignore him…

We also spend some time with your e-mails, and then – we’re off! We’ve split the episode into two, to prevent audio overload and to allow Steve some time to edit. So, you get weekly Fantasticast for the next couple of weeks. Enjoy!

Listen to the episode below, or click this link to go to the libsyn page for the episode.

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The Fantasticast Episode Thirty-Seven: Yes, Mr Lister Sir!

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2013 by quizlacey

Episode 37

Hello and welcome to another episode of The Fantasticast! This time around, Steve Lacey (20 Minute Longbox) and Andrew Leyland (HeyKids Comics) guide you through three excellent slices of Silver Age Marvel magic. Yes, three. We’re classing Strange Tales this month as officially ‘Not Crap’.

Fantastic Four #33 sees Lee and Kirby break the formula and conventions of the title to create genuinely exciting and innovative read, supported by some of the best art that Kirby and Stone have produced to date. Strange Tales #127 sees a mysterious villain challenge Ben and Johnny to a desert race to find out who is the better driver. Amazing Spider-Man #19 sees Peter Parker regain his mojo, and team up properly with the Human Torch for the first time. No snarkiness, no jokes, just great comics.

And some snarkiness.

And quite a few jokes, now that I come to think of it.

Listen to the episode below, or click this link to go to the libsyn page for the episode.

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The Fantasticast Episode Thirty-Six: John Byrne Quits Comics

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2013 by quizlacey
Episode 36

Episode 36

Hello and welcome to the 36th episode of the show! This time, Steve and Andy journey into Fantastic Four #32, where a mystery villain causes John Byrne to stop reading comics. Then we’re off to Strange Tales #126, where two very familiar villains almost cause us to stop reading comics. Finally, we stop in to Amazing Spider-Man #18, where a returning villain barely appears, and Peter Parker decides to go a-stalkin’ Betty Brant.

The Fantasticast: With extra added rapping with Cap and John Barnes.

Listen to the episode below, or click this link to go to the libsyn page for the episode.

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We are now available on Stitcher, both through Stitcher.com and through their app.

Send feeback to the show to fantastic4podcast@gmail.com or through the comments on this blog.

Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for a chance to win digital copies of every Marvel NOW Fantastic Four and FF title!

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