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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

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

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

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

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

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

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]

Fantastic Four #30: Reed’s Stretchy Body 79

Posted in Reed's Stretch Body with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #30, page 1

Fantastic Four #30, page 1

Fantasticast Four #30: Reed’s Stretchy Body 79

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 have no idea what’s going on with Reed on this page. On first glance, it’s pretty simple – he’s using his stretching powers to get above the undergrowth to see ahead. But on closer look, things just don’t seem right. Reed’s belt line is depicted as being below Sue’s crotch, when he’s normally depicted as being taller than her. So, should I presume that in order to stretch his upper body, Reed had to shrink his lower?

Normally, Reed maintains the general proportions of his body whilst stretching. If using his body to bridge the gap between two skyscrapers, his beltline will remain at the middle of his body, and his limbs will maintain similar sizes. I’m really not sure why he’s chosen to ignore those proportions here – just look at the difference in size between his two arms – but it’s unsettling to see him break the ‘rules’ of his stretching.

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]

Fantastic Four #29: Reed’s Stretchy Body 78

Posted in Reed's Stretch Body with tags , , , , , , , on July 13, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #29, page 9, panels 1-2

Fantastic Four #29, page 9, panels 1-2

Fantasticast Four #29: Reed’s Stretchy Body 78

Written with a dash of greatness by: Stan Lee

Drawn with a hint of glory by: Jack Kirby

Inked with a touch of drama by: Chic Stone

Lettered with a bottle of india ink by: S. Rosen

It feels like ages since we last saw Reed stretch himself properly, and whilst this selection doesn’t necessarily show his full capabilities, it is utterly insane. Reed is wrapped around a super-strong gorilla, ineffectively attempting to prevent him from doing anything with his arms. The gorilla then hooks Reed on to the back of a passing delivery truck, stretching him out like an elastic band, hoping that he’ll snap back.

First of all, pity the poor driver, speeding through the streets of New York only to see a bunch of super-powered simians tussling with the greatest super-heroes in town. Secondly, did the truck driver drive right through the gorilla? It looks like he’s standing right behind the truck, and he’s hooking Reed onto the corner of the vehicle closest to the reader, rather than the one closest to him. Finally, I really hope that the next panel is just a giant ‘TWANG’ sound effect.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #29 on our thirty-second episode: Now With Genuine People Personalities

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Fantastic Four #29: Yancy Street Pranks 7, 8 and 9

Posted in Yancy Street Pranks with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #29, page 2

Fantastic Four #29, page 2

Written with a dash of greatness by: Stan Lee

Drawn with a hint of glory by: Jack Kirby

Inked with a touch of drama by: Chic Stone

Lettered with a bottle of india ink by: S. Rosen

I’ll try my hardest not to post full, consecutive pages of these comics. Splash pages seem like fair game, story pages less so. However, I’m doing this today because this is the first time the Yancy Street Gang has taken on the entire Fantastic Four. As I’m sure anyone reading this knows, the Yancy Streeters focus their attentions on Ben Grimm, but it’s clear here that if the FF head onto their turf, then the entire team become fair game.

So, in short order, we get a trashcan, a pail of water, and some sneezing powder (purchased, no doubt, from the small ads in any Marvel Comic!) used to see the heroes off. It’s a scene that works really well. None of the pranks are truly offensive, none are illegal. Kirby and Stone enjoy the physicality of the humour, from a bedraggled Johnny to a hopping Ben.

Great stuff!

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #29 on our thirty-second episode: Now With Genuine People Personalities

[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/ffcast/FF_Episode_32.mp3]
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