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The Fantasticast Episode 130: Fantastic Four #114 – But Who Shall Stop The Over-Mind?

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2015 by quizlacey

The Fantasticast Episode 130 (300)

Under-Mind, Over-Mind, Wombling Free

Hello, and welcome to episode 130 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, Steve and Andy are sitting down to take a detailed look at Fantastic Four #114, featuring continuity, the Over-Mind, an angry dog, the return of Agatha’s resting cloud-face, and awkwardly-timed flashbacks. We’re also casting our eye over Avengers #92, where The Thing proves himself a totally credible witness for the defence.

As well as this, we’re puzzling over the pagination, finding out what happens when Midnight Cowboy meets a Fourth World rip-off, laughing at lacklustre Yancy Street pranks, discovering the unlikely location of the secret of perpetual motion, and counting the notches on the one bedpost in the Marvel Universe you don’t ever want to count notches on!

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

Episode cover design by Samuel Savage.

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Strange Tales #122: It’s… ASBESTOS!!! 28

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , , on May 29, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #122, page 11, panel 1

Strange Tales #122, page 11, panel 1

Rapidly written by Stan Lee

Speedily sketched by Dick Ayers

Instantly inked by Geo. Bell

Lazily lettered by S. Rosen

I can’t work out if Stan Lee is, at this point, just taking the piss with his dialogue. A grey door does not signify that it’s made from asbestos, and considering all Bull does with the door is wield it threateningly, it’s hard to imagine how asbestos would have made any difference to the offensive properties of the door – namely, that it’s really big and hard and would hurt if he whacked someone with it.

As for what exactly an automatic water cannon is, I’m completely lost. Although, as the man in the brown suit is struggling to turn it on, it can’t be that automatic…

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #122 on our thirty-first episode: Just Three Of The Guys, with special guest-host Shawn Engel.

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Strange Tales #122: Flamin’ ‘Eck 45

Posted in Flamin' 'Eck with tags , , , , , , , on May 27, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales 122 Flamin' 'Eck 44

Strange Tales #10, page 10, panel 4

Rapidly written by Stan Lee

Speedily sketched by Dick Ayers

Instantly inked by Geo. Bell

Lazily lettered by S. Rosen

As I’m going through this story, I’m finding that I have absolutely no recollection of it. I don’t remember the asbestos-lined caravan. I have no memory of the special shower which dries Johnny out by blasting him with steam. This story feels completely new to me.

Sadly, this also means that I don’t remember this moment where Johnny uses an asbestos rope – the same rope which previously caused his flame to die out instantly – to grapple one of his fireballs and… er… hurl it at one of the Terrible Trio. Quite why he needs to do this when he’s previously been able to control his fireballs with an unlikely degree of accuracy is truly beyond me.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #122 on our thirty-first episode: Just Three Of The Guys, with special guest-host Shawn Engel.

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Strange Tales #122: It’s… ASBESTOS 27

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , , on May 20, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #122, page 7, panels 1-2

Strange Tales #122, page 7, panels 1-2

Rapidly written by Stan Lee

Speedily sketched by Dick Ayers

Instantly inked by Geo. Bell

Lazily lettered by S. Rosen

Some ideas are so crazy, you assume that they’ll stick with you for a long time. I remember asbestos lassos, and asbestos sheet, but for the life of me, I have no memory of reading a comic featuring an asbestos-lined caravan. (Yes, I know the dialogue refers to it as a trailer. But it looks suspiciously like the exact caravan we were bundled into every summer by my Dad, and that would get destroyed on a weekly basis in early seasons of Top Gear).

It’s a wonderfully crazy idea. Not only have the Terrible Trio got hold of asbestos rope and asbestos blankets, but somehow they’ve managed to get hold of some kind of easily-applicable asbestos lining. I like to imagine that it was something similar to sheets of vinyl, and they spent ages with credit cards trying to smooth the air pockets to the edge of the sheet. And failing, because let’s face it, the Terrible Trio are completely terrible.

The worst.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #122 on our thirty-first episode: Just Three Of The Guys, with special guest-host Shawn Engel.

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Strange Tales #122: It’s… ASBESTOS 26

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , , on May 18, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #122, page 6, panel 3

Strange Tales #122, page 6, panel 3

Rapidly written by Stan Lee

Speedily sketched by Dick Ayers

Instantly inked by Geo. Bell

Lazily lettered by S. Rosen

The Terrible Trio are back, and the only redeeming feature of their return is that they’ve seemingly stopped off at World of Asbestos for a few accessories before conning Johnny. Of course, what they didn’t pick up was a copy of ‘Asbestos For Dummies’ (presumably they thought it would be too high-concept for them), as if they had done so, they’d have learned that the asbestos blanket doesn’t need to be airtight to extinguish the Human Torch’s flame.

Idiots.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #122 on our thirty-first episode: Just Three Of The Guys, with special guest-host Shawn Engel.

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Strange Tales #122: It’s… ASBESTOS!!!

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , , on April 13, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #122, page 6, panel 2

Strange Tales #122, page 6, panel 2

Rapidly written by Stan Lee

Speedily sketched by Dick Ayers

Instantly inked by Geo. Bell

Lazily lettered by S. Rosen

Doctor Doom’s trio of master-less henchmen continue to haunt the pages of Strange Tales #122. In a series that boasted the original Plant Man, the Fifth Dimension, the Sorcerer, and the guy who nearly blew up Glendale with a nuclear bomb, it’s quite something that these should be the most tedious, annoying and forgettable villains of this run. Thankfully, in this panel, my interest levels are raised by my favourite word in Stan Lee’s vocabulary:

Asbestos!

This time, it’s an asbestos rope, which the… er… one with the headdress (look, you didn’t expect me to remember their names, did you?) uses to lasso the Human Torch. This rope would go on to have a minor role in the early Marvel Universe, resurfacing in the hands of the Enforcers in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man. It must be the same one – there clearly isn’t a market for mass production!

And what’s that being held in the background?

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #122 on our thirty-first episode: Just Three Of The Guys, with special guest-host Shawn Engel.

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Strange Tales #122: Flame On 67

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , , on April 8, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #122, page 5, panel 6

Strange Tales #122, page 5, panel 6

Rapidly written by Stan Lee

Speedily sketched by Dick Ayers

Instantly inked by Geo. Bell

Lazily lettered by S. Rosen

We’re back to Strange Tales today, with a story that quite literally nobody asked for – the return of Doctor Doom’s underwhelming henchmen from Fantastic Four #22 (or #23, as the cover would have it). In a move which never bodes well for a story, almost the entirety of the first three pages are flashbacks, with Dick Ayers redrawing the work of Jack Kirby to recap the issue.

Not much better is the plan of the henchmen, which involves one of the trio (Handsome Harry, with his power to hear things) turning up on Johnny’s doorstep and enticing him into joining him in a garage to look at a car. With his dark glasses, long coat and suspicious hat, it’s very hard to read this scene without remembering the advice of every parent – don’t accept cars from strangers. Was it cars? It might have been sweets…

Johnny eventually rumbles the plot against him. And by ‘rumbles’, I mean ‘has the plot revealed to him’ and reacts by flaming on. I’m not sure I really like Ayers and Roussos’s depiction of Johnny flaming on – he looks like his limbs are too small for his body, and the exterior inking lines are very thick. And why exactly does he fly around so much in such a small space?

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #122 on our thirty-first episode: Just Three Of The Guys, with special guest-host Shawn Engel.

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