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The Fantasticast Episode 143: Marvel Team-Up #2 – And Spidey Makes Four

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , on August 29, 2015 by quizlacey

The Fantasticast Episode 143

Peter Parker’s Chin’s Secret Identity

Hello, and welcome to episode 143 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

It’s time for another team-up, in more ways than one. We’re covering Marvel Team-Up #2: The Frightful Four are back, with a surprising new addition to the team, and only the Human Torch can stop them. Aided and abetted by Spider-Man, it’s the teenage heroes of the Marvel Universe against the Fantastic Four’s greatest villains, as well as an unexpected threat from the Negative Zone. All this comics goodness if brought to you by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru and Jim Mooney.

Teaming up with us to tackle this titanic tussle is writer and podcaster James Hunt. James is a regular feature writer at Den of Geek, co-writer of A Brief History Of Time Travel, and part of the panel at the excellent Cinematic Universe podcast. He can be found on twitter as @jameshunt.

Together, all three hosts find themselves carbon-dating Marvel fashions, discovering the Human Torch in polyester, subjecting someone to unexpected and violent disrobing, and musing the possibilities of Garfield Minus Garfield, Plus Lying Cat…

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

Episode cover design by Samuel Savage.

The Fantasticast Episode 141: Fantastic Four #121 – The Mysterious Mind-Blowing Secret Of Gabriel

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , on August 15, 2015 by quizlacey

The Fantasticast Episode 141

What Is It? Do Tell!

Hello, and welcome to episode 141 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

It feels like ages since it was just Andy and Steve discussing an issue of The Fantastic Four, and that’s what we’re doing today. Fantastic Four #121, the second part of Stan Lee’s final run on the book, continues to try and find something interesting to do with Gabriel The Air Walker. Will it succeed? The answer may surprise you!

We’re also back to reading your e-mails, and Steve attempts to defend a controversial position with the appropriate amount of nerves. Andy’s advanced amnesia returns, and we ask the important question – what does a herald of Galactus need with a starship?

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 at fantasticflameon.wordpress.com. 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.

Strange Tales #123: Flame On 69 / Flamin’ ‘Eck 48

Posted in Flame On, Flamin' 'Eck with tags , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #123, page 13, panels 4-6

Strange Tales #123, page 13, panels 4-6

Strange Tales #123: Flame On 69 / Flamin’ ‘Eck 48

Written by: Stan Lee (‘Nuff Said)

Illustrated by: Carl Burgos (Who was first to draw The Torch, way back in the Golden Age of Comics)

Inked by: Darlin’ Dick Ayers

Lettered by: Smilin’ Sam Rosen

Our look at the debut of The Beetle concludes here. Johnny gets a ‘Flame On’ so underwhelming that I wonder if anyone involved in that panel remembered that this was a catchphrase. Sam Rosen gets some credit for using a heavier brush stroke for these words, but it barely stands out at all.

More interesting is the unusual use of flame that comes from this, as Johnny creates a ring of fire where the Beetle is burrowing away. The wheel excavates the area, exposing the villain. I’m calling it our because earlier in the story, the Beetle had no problem flying or using the asbestos on his armour to withstand the heat. Here, because there’s only one page of story left, he just decides to give up and submit to the teen hero.

Can you imagine how ineffective Zemo’s Thunderbolts would have been if he’d have recruited this version of The Beetle?

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #123 on our thirty-second episode: Now With Genuine People Personalities

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Strange Tales #123: Flamin’ ‘Eck 47

Posted in Flamin' 'Eck with tags , , , , , , , on July 24, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #123, page 8, panel 7

Strange Tales #123, page 8, panel 7

Fantasticast Four #29:

Written by: Stan Lee (‘Nuff Said)

Illustrated by: Carl Burgos (Who was first to draw The Torch, way back in the Golden Age of Comics)

Inked by: Darlin’ Dick Ayers

Lettered by: Smilin’ Sam Rosen

We’re currently recording episodes covering Fantastic Four comics from 1972. Strange Tales is long-gone, and despite the wildly inconsistent quality of Stan Lee’s writing during his brief return to the title, a lot of the tropes from the early days of the Fantastic Four are no longer relevant. Whilst I may miss the ridiculous usage of asbestos, I really don’t miss the implausible uses of Johnny’s powers.

Thankfully nothing in the Air Walker saga is as insane as Johnny deciding to wrap The Beetle in a blanket made of fire to heat him up as opposed to, say, just hurling fire at him. Nice to see that the colouring appears to have been done in felt-tip as well…

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #123 on our thirty-second episode: Now With Genuine People Personalities

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Strange Tales #123: It’s… ASBESTOS 29

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , , on July 22, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #123, page 7, panel 4

Strange Tales #123, page 7, panel 4

Fantasticast Four #29:

Written by: Stan Lee (‘Nuff Said)

Illustrated by: Carl Burgos (Who was first to draw The Torch, way back in the Golden Age of Comics)

Inked by: Darlin’ Dick Ayers

Lettered by: Smilin’ Sam Rosen

Ah, asbestos. It seems more appropriate that this should be the feature of our 500th post at this site. It’s also one of the more appropriate uses of asbestos. The Beetle is very much a Human Torch villain at this stage in his career, and his suit is designed for combat with our fiery hero. If anyone could sensibly work asbestos into a functional and practical part of his armour, it’s Abner Jenkins, one of the Marvel universe’s most underrated engineers.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #123 on our thirty-second episode: Now With Genuine People Personalities

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Strange Tales #123: Flamin’ ‘Eck 46

Posted in Flamin' 'Eck with tags , , , , , , on July 20, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales #123, page 6, panel 3

Strange Tales #123, page 6, panel 3

Fantasticast Four #29:

Written by: Stan Lee (‘Nuff Said)

Illustrated by: Carl Burgos (Who was first to draw The Torch, way back in the Golden Age of Comics)

Inked by: Darlin’ Dick Ayers

Lettered by: Smilin’ Sam Rosen

It was a bit hard to work out where this one was going. The Beetle decides to defend himself against the Thing’s wall-based attack by picking up a pot of hot soup, which was casually simmering away, and hurling it at Ben. Johnny decides to step in and, instead of evaporating the soup with his flame, he instead chooses to absorb the heat from the water, making it cold.

It’s an unusual choice, and depicted poorly by Burgos. Is that soup, or is it lava? Is it heading for Johnny, to extinguish his flame, or to Ben, to presumably burn him? Either way, battling against a vat of Campbell’s Condensed hardly makes for one of the most riveting Human Torch battles.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #123 on our thirty-second episode: Now With Genuine People Personalities

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We are eligible for nomination in the first UK Podcasters Award, in the Games & Hobbies category. Across the month of July, you can visit http://ukpodcasters.com/directory/podcast/the-fantasticast/ and click the nominate button. You can nominate us once per day between now and the end of the month, and we would be very grateful if you would be able to do this.

 

Strange Tales #123: Property Damage 28

Posted in Property Damage with tags , , , , , , , on July 17, 2015 by quizlacey
Strange Tales 123 Property Damage 28

Strange Tales #123, page 5, panel 8

Fantasticast Four #29:

Written by: Stan Lee (‘Nuff Said)

Illustrated by: Carl Burgos (Who was first to draw The Torch, way back in the Golden Age of Comics)

Inked by: Darlin’ Dick Ayers

Lettered by: Smilin’ Sam Rosen

There’s so much to talk about today. First of all, this issue of Strange Tales heralds the very brief return of Carl Burgos to the Marvel fold. It wasn’t to be a happy reunion. Lee and Burgos did not work well together, and a couple of years down the line, Burgos would see his hopes of owning the Human Torch dashed when Marvel featured him in Fantastic Four Annual #4 just before the copyright expired.

This issue also marks the point where the Thing started appearing consistently in the book, sharing the plots and actions with the Human Torch. Perhaps this was a move by Marvel to rejuvenate the troubled strip, perhaps this was an admission that the Human Torch wasn’t the breakout character. Either way, from here to the end, this strip is a two-hander.

There’s almost to space for me to mention that The Beetle has broken into a shop to steal the cash register, a loss of a day’s takings, whilst The Thing arrived by destroying one of the exterior walls, causing the loss of the entire business to the owner.

Check out our coverage of Strange Tales #123 on our thirty-second episode: Now With Genuine People Personalities

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Fantastic Four #29: Kirby Kollage 1

Posted in Kirby Kollage with tags , , , , , , on July 15, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #29, page 11, panel 3

Fantastic Four #29, page 11, panel 3

Fantasticast Four #29: Kirby Kollage 1

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

Presenting the very first Fantastic Four collage as created by Jack Kirby. Combining photographs, artwork and dialogue balloons, this is the first of several notable collages from Kirby over the years. It’s a rarely-used technique in western comics, normally done for fun, novelty or kitsch value. But not in Jack’s hands. Here, the form would be used to provide depth and wonder to his comics, as seen in this journey to the moon.

Some of Kirby’s collages would suffer from the printing techniques of the 1960s, especially when he started combining multiple photographic sources to convey his vision. However, it’s these same printing techniques that make his collages really work. The roughness of the reproduction of the photograph allows it to blend well with the detailed inking work provided by Chic Stone, making for a relatively smooth transition between the forms.

Such a shame that letter Sam Rosen would make a grammatical error in the caption to distract from the gorgeous artwork…

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: 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: Flame On 68

Posted in Flame On with tags , , , , , , , on July 3, 2015 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #29, page 7, panel 4

Fantastic Four #29, page 7, panel 4

Fantasticast Four #29: Flame On 68

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 think for the rest of this book, the only criteria by which I decide whether I like a panel or not will be, ‘Does it feature the Red Ghost and/or his stupid apes’?

So, let’s take a look. We have the Human Torch, using his fiery blasts to obliterate debris before they can crash into bystanders or buildings, which looks fine. There’s not reason why he should be crying his catchphrase when he’s already in his ‘flame’ form, though. But, because of the lack of a Russian cosmonauts and his pathetic primates, this one gets a thumbs up!

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

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