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Fantastic Four #30: Property Damage 30

Posted in Property Damage with tags , , , , , , , on October 19, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #30, page 21, panel 5

Fantastic Four #30, page 21, panel 5

Fantasticast Four #30: Property Damage 30

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)

This is why I should read ahead… It turns out that a suit of armour is a fairly minor piece of property damage when compared to the completely accidental loss of an entire artefact-filled castle. I really wish I had the ability to put a conjectural price on the loss of the castle, much as people have done with the destruction to Metropolis and New York in Man of Steel and Avengers. So many one-of-a-kind antiques lost forever, as well as the unique alchemical knowledge of Diablo.

Talking of Diablo, he really is one of the lesser Lee/Kirby villains to have gone on and feature within the Marvel universe. He’s one of my least-favourite, even though his origin story far outweighed my expectations. It’s not that the gimmick of the villain doesn’t work for, it’s that it’s so horribly mis-applied. Instead of being a genuine, rare mystical villain for the team, he often gets reduced to an unlikely potion master, with coloured liquids causing all sorts of strange things to happen. He’s not a villain I look forward to returning.

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: Property Damage 29

Posted in Property Damage with tags , , , , , , , on October 16, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four 30, page 20, panel 2

Fantastic Four 30, page 20, panel 2

Fantasticast Four #30: Property Damage 29

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)

Steady on, Ben. You may be angry with Diablo for partially restoring your humanity, deceiving the world, enslaving his neighbours, and all sorts of dodgy stuff that would make the CIA look on with envious eyes, but that’s an antique suit of armour you’re crushing up like aluminium foil. Those things are worth a decent penny, and as we know, the Fantastic Four have their fair share of cash flow issues. You’re literally crushing financial security in your giant, rocky fists. This is the road that leads to having to deal with Collins on a monthly basis!

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: Reed’s Stretchy Body 81

Posted in Reed's Stretch Body with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #30, page 15, panels 5-6

Fantastic Four #30, page 15, panels 5-6

Fantasticast Four #30: Reed’s Stretchy Body 81

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)

Sometimes, it’s the less-flashy things that catch my eye. I really get the feeling that Sue, Johnny, and the reader, just happened to stumble upon Reed as he was making his way through Diablo’s castle. There’s no showing off, no intimidating his enemies, just a guy using his powers to do a job. It’s very casual and understated, and I really like it.

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: Flame On 71

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #30, page page 12, panel 1

Fantastic Four #30, page 12, panel 1

Fantasticast Four #30: Flame On 71

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)

Ah, good old blank backgrounds. The sign of an artistic shortcut. Based on this panel alone, I have no idea where the Fantastic Four currently are. I mean it. I browse the comic for these posts visually, I pay little attention to the actual plot. I think they’re still in Transylvania, but so much has happened over the past few pages, that I’m not sure.

And by ‘so much’, I mean that Diablo has enchanted the whole world, re-seeded the African desert, done lots of dirty deals with tinpot dictators, un-cured the Thing and entrapped him, and enslaved the populace of the town near his castle. He’s been busy, and the Fantastic Four have… just let this happen? Way to be a super-hero team, guys!

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: 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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Fantastic Four #30: Flame On 70

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #30, page 5, panel 5

Fantastic Four #30, page 5, panel 5

Fantasticast Four #30: Flame On 70

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)

We’re back. For a little bit, at least. The plan is to try and get ahead on these posts for the next few weeks and get the momentum going again. I suspect it might all go a little wrong, though, as I’m off for two weeks of holiday in mid-September, and it’s slightly more pressing to ensure the podcast hits its release schedule than the blog. Let’s see what happens…

Not that I’m avoiding writing about today’s panel at all, oh no. Reed, Johnny and Sue are on the trail of Ben, who has gone missing in the middle of night, leaving only a trail of destruction leading to a mysterious abandoned castle. Johnny’s ‘Flame On’ leads to his contribution to the tracking – melting through a thick stone wall to see what’s behind it.

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

[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/ffcast/FF_Episode_33.mp3]
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