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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?

Click on this link to go to the libsyn page for this episode, or listen below, see?

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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