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The Fantasticast Episode 37: Fantastic Four #33, Strange Tales #127 & Amazing Spider-Man #19

The Fantasticast Episode 37

The Fantasticast Episode 37

Yes, Mr Lister, Sir!

Hello and welcome to another episode of The Fantasticast! This time around, Steve Lacey (20 Minute Longbox) and Andrew Leyland (HeyKids Comics) guide you through three excellent slices of Silver Age Marvel magic. Yes, three. We're classing Strange Tales this month as officially 'Not Crap'.

Fantastic Four #33 sees Lee and Kirby break the formula and conventions of the title to create genuinely exciting and innovative read, supported by some of the best art that Kirby and Stone have produced to date. Strange Tales #127 sees a mysterious villain challenge Ben and Johnny to a desert race to find out who is the better driver. Amazing Spider-Man #19 sees Peter Parker regain his mojo, and team up properly with the Human Torch for the first time. No snarkiness, no jokes, just great comics.

And some snarkiness.

And quite a few jokes, now that I come to think of it.

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The Fantasticast Episode 36: Fantastic Four #32, Strange Tales #1276 & Amazing Spider-Man #18

The Fantasticast Episode 36

The Fantasticast Episode 36

John Byrne Quits Comics

Hello and welcome to the 36th episode of the show! This time, Steve and Andy journey into Fantastic Four #32, where a mystery villain causes John Byrne to stop reading comics. Then we're off to Strange Tales #126, where two very familiar villains almost cause us to stop reading comics. Finally, we stop in to Amazing Spider-Man #18, where a returning villain barely appears, and Peter Parker decides to go a-stalkin' Betty Brant.

The Fantasticast: With extra added rapping with Cap and John Barnes.

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The Fantasticast Episode 35: Fantastic Four #31, Strange Tales #125 & Amazing Spider-Man #17

The Fantasticast Episode 35

The Fantasticast Episode 35

House Of The Fallen Storm

Ooh, a cryptic title!

On this episode of the Fantasticast, Steve Lacey and Andrew Leyland see the Fantastic Four title leap forward into a new era of storytelling, whilst featuring the team's very first villain. It's #31 - The Mad Menace of the Macabre Mole Man. Then in Strange Tales #125, the storytelling takes a huge leap backwards, before jumping forward again in Amazing Spider-Man #17. Oh, and we also have one of the greatest number one singles of all time to close the show.

But even more importantly than that, we're launching our very first competition with this episode. We're going to digitally give away every issue of the Marvel NOW Fantastic Four and FF series by Matt Fraction, Mark Bagley, Mark Farmer, Mike Allred and Laura Allred. To enter, all you need to do is to like us on Facebook and/or follow us on twitter. When we have 150 likes and 300 followers, we'll choose to likers/followers, and they will win either Fantastic Four or FF in digital form. Click on the buttons on the right to go through to our Facebook and Twitter pages.

What are you waiting for? Go enter the competition!

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The Fantasticast Episode 34: Fantastic Four Annual #2 & Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1

The Fantasticast Episode 34

The Fantasticast Episode 34

The Doomcast!

Hello, and welcome to the first episode of the Doomcast, hosted by Professor Alan. Joining him this week are Steve Lacey and Andrew Leyland of The Fantasticast, who are summoned to the Office of the Cultural Attache of the Great State of Latveria to explain why so many of their episodes paint Doctor Doom in a villainnous light, rather than the heroic view that all peoples of Latveria see him.

Or... Professor Alan of The Book Guys join Steve and Andy this episode to take a look at the life and times of Victor von Doom, as presented in Fantastic Four Annual #2. From the first telling of his origin to his latest battle with the Fantastic Four, via a reprint of his first appearance, and many more surprises. Then it's a fast dive into Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 to establish just how the Four aid Spider-Man in his hour of need, when his greatest villains team up against him.

Check out Professor Alan's appearances on the Bookguys podcast at bookguys.ca or his blog at eyesandearsblog.blogspot.co.uk

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The Fantasticast Episode 33: Fantastic Four #30 & Strange Tales #124

The Fantasticast Episode 33
The Fantasticast Episode 33

Bad Horse, Bad Horse

He rides across the nation, the thoroughbred of sin, and when you eat that burger you'll be eating him. The food contamination sees his evil game begin. That lasagne, that nice burger, that hotdog might contain, of course, some horse (some horse), some horse (some horse).

Of course, if you've been ignoring the horse meat contamination scandal in the UK, then that intro means nothing to you.

This week's London Super Comic Covention-co-inciding episode sees Steve and Andy joined by Dave Walker of the Flash Legacies podcast. Dave provided the voice of Baron Hugo for our trailer, and having him on the show has been an ambition of ours for some time.

Steve, Andy and Dave dive into the origins of Diablo in Fantastic Four #30 before getting covered in gallons of paste from Paste-Pot Pete in Strange Tales #124. We also bid a very fond farewell to a battered and blood-stained vagrant-clobbering Fantastic Four Omnibus vol. 1.

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The Fantasticast Episode 32: Fantastic Four #29, Strange Tales #123 & Tales of Suspense #55

The Fantasticast Episode 32

The Fantasticast Episode 32

Now With Genuine People Personalities

The 32nd episode of the Fantasticast is here, and Steve and Andy are ready to guide you through three Silver Age issues of Marvel goodness.*

*WARNING: Goodness is used for descriptive and not literal purposes.

We start with Fantastic Four #29 - It Started On Yancy Street, featuring the return of a surprise guest-villain and the first instance of Jack Kirby's photo montage. We then move to the origin of The Beetle in Strange Tales #123, before briefly checking in with the Tales of the Watcher in Tales of Suspense #55.

Along the way, we read listener e-mails, and make more references than a referency reference guide that references references.

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The Fantasticast Episode 31: Fantastic Four #28 & Strange Tales #122

The Fantasticast Episode 31

The Fantasticast Episode 31

Just Three Of The Guys

It's time for another episode of the Fantasticast. This time around, Steve and Andy are joined by the mighty Shawn Engel, host of Just One Of The Guys and co-host of Two True Freaks: Walking Dead Wednesdays. Shawn joins us for one of the most interesting and enjoyable issues from this period - Fantastic Four #28: We Have To Fight The X-Men. No prizes for guessing who guest-stars in this issue...

Then it's on to Strange Tales #122, which features Three Against The Torch - Doctor Doom's super-powered henchmen going up against our flaming hero.

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The Fantasticast Episode 30: Fantastic Four #27, Strange Tales #121 and Daredevil #2

The Fantasticast Episode 30

The Fantasticast Episode 30

Horny Name (#HornyNamor)

It's the 30th episode of The Fantasticast, and our first episode of 2013.

To kick off the new year, we start with one of the longest running plot threads in the Fantastic Four - that love triangle between Sue Storm, Reed Richards, and Namor the Sub-Mariner. It's time to wrap this plot up and put it to bed, and Fantastic Four #27 almost does that. We also say goodbye to inker George Roussos, and sadly he's not leaving on a high...

Then it's over to Strange Tales #121 and the highly-anticipated dreaded return of The Plant Man, before taking a fast dip into Daredevil #2 to see how a guest appearance by Marvel's First Family helps or hinders the second issue of this troubled title. We end with a song and a new closing tag.

Charlie's Geekcast, the new podcast from Superman In The Bronze Age host Charlie Niemeyer, can be found at http://www.charliesgeekcast.com/

The New 52 Adventures of Superman, currently covering the H'el On Earth storyline running in the Superman books, can be found at http://new52superman.libsyn.com/

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The Fantasticast Episode 28: Strange Tales #120 - The Torch Meets The Iceman

The Fantasticast Episode 28

The Fantasticast Episode 28

Bailey's Iceman Podcast

And... we're back. Special guest-host Michael Bailey brings to a close his record-breaking run on the Fantasticast by joining Steve and Andrew to cover Strange Tales #120, featuring Iceman from the X-Men. It's a shorter episode this week, a little pre-Christmas appetiser, if you will.

The audio quality is a bit odd this week. The normal record failed, so we had to use Michael's backup record. Unfortunately, as Michael was about 4200 miles away from both Steve and Andrew, they sound a bit distorted. Many thanks to Michael for the backup recording - without this, we wouldn't have an episode! And many thanks to Michael for joining us on the show over the past four episodes. Below is a list of some of his current podcasts - go check them out!

Views From The Longbox

From Crisis To Crisis: A Superman Podcast

Bailey's Batman Podcast

Two True Freaks: Comics Monthly Mondays

PADSmash: An Incredible Hulk Podcast

Radio KAL

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The Fantasticast Episode 27: Fantastic Four #26 - The Avengers Take Over

The Fantasticast Episode 27

The Fantasticast Episode 27

Hulk Goes Home And Plays With His Trains

We're back, and we're bringing Michael Bailey with us!

Once again, we drag Michael into our business as we sit down and take a look at Fantastic Four #26, featuring the conclusion to the first ever two-part story in the Fantastic Four. Marvel as the Hulk and the Thing carry on punching each other! Be surprised at Reed's miraculous recovery! Astonish at the Avengers, busting out of their own book and cracking skulls in this one!

A short note: There is a brief exchange of opinions towards the end of the latest episode that is regrettable in light of recent events. No offence was meant by this exchange, and it was certainly not intended as a commentary on these events.

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The Fantasticast Episode 26: Strange Tales #119 - The Torch Goes Wild

The Fantasticast Episode 26

The Fantasticast Episode 26

Ha! Not So Different After All!

We present the 26th episode of The Fantasticast, wrapping up our coverage of the Fantastic Four-related books released in January 1964 - namely Strange Tales #119. The cover dares us by declaring the Rabble Rouser to be 'strangely different', and we're not a podcast to back down from a challenge!

As well as this, we fit in the usual business missing from last week, including the guide to reprints and collections, the British number one, the death of a vagrant, outtakes, and some interesting bits of discussion that didn't quite fit in anywhere else.

We also welcome back Michael Bailey as our guest-host, and we'd like to apologise for exposing him to the Rabble Rouser.

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The Fantasticast Episode 25: Fantastic Four #25 - The Hulk vs The Thing

The Fantasticast Episode 25

The Fantasticast Episode 25

It'll Be Our Little Secret

December is here, and to celebrate, the Fantasticast has a special guest. We're also going weekly for the month. This week's episode focuses on Fantastic Four #25, where news of Captain America's ascendancy in The Avengers causes the Incredible Hulk to go on a rampage in New York, with only the First Family of Marvel standing in his way. Viruses, beatings and insecurity are all troubles that will have to be overcome if the team are to be triumphant.

To help us out with this multi-issue epic, we welcome onto the show Michael Bailey, of Views From The Longbox, From Crisis To Crisis: A Superman Podcast, Bailey's Batman Podcast, PADSmash: An Incredible Hulk Podcast, Two True Freaks: Comics Monthly Mondays, Xavier's Podcast For Gifted Children, Tales Of The Justice Society Of America, and many, many more.

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The Fantasticast Episode 24: Fantastic Four #24 & Strange Tales #118

The Fantasticast Episode 24

The Fantasticast Episode 24

An Enfant Terrible Is Not Literally A Terrible Infant

No, it really isn't.

Welcome to the twenty-fourth episode of The Fantasticast. This time around, Steve Lacey (20 Minute Longbox) and Andrew Leyland (Heykids Comics) take a look at Fantastic Four #24 (featuring the Infant Terrible) and Strange Tales #118 (featuring the return, again, of the Wizard). To our surprise, both of these issues are better than our admittedly low expectations had led us to believe.

Along the way, we read your emails, talk a bit about the imminent meeting of bodies and minds as we meet for the first time on Saturday at the Thought Bubble convention, and spend a bit of time discussing omnibuses and absolutes.

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The Fantasticast Episode 23: Fantastic Four #23 & Strange Tales #117

The Fantasticast Episode 23

The Fantasticast Episode 23

(Abestos) Grease Is The Word

In the twenty-third episode of The Fantasticast, Steve and Andrew do the following:

  • Cover Fantastic Four #23 - The Master Plan of Doctor Doom
  • Cover Strange Tales #117 - The Return of The Eel
  • Read your e-mails
  • Explain social networking for the over-40s
  • Make at least one too many Jimmy Saville jokes
  • Sing

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The Fantasticast Episode 22: Fantastic Four #22, Strange Tales #116, Amazing Spider-Man #8 & Avengers #3

The Fantasticast Episode 22

The Fantasticast Episode 22

Going Underground

The twenty-second episode of The Fantasticast is now live and ready for your listening pleasure!

As you can see from the image, there's a huge amount of comics to read this time out. First up is the return of the Mole Man in Fantastic Four #22. Importantly for this blog, this issue also features the first cries of 'It's Clobbering Time!' and the first mention of sweet ol' Aunt Petunia.

Next up is red-hot Thing vs Torch action is Strange Tales #116, which is also the halfway point of our coverage of this series. Then we have another Torch vs Spidey throwdown  in Amazing Spider-Man #8, before finishing off with a brief cameo in The Avengers #3.

As well as all of these, Steve and Andy find enough time to cover a big pile of emails and listener feedback.

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

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The Fantasticast Episode 21: Fantastic Four #21 & Strange Tales #115

The Fantasticast Episode 21

The Fantasticast Episode 21

Powered By Hateful Hate From A Hate Raygun!

Joining Steve and Andrew today is the marvellously wonderful and hairy David Wynne, co-creator and artist of Hypergirl, creator of Ideasman, and all-round nice bloke. Oh, he also created the Fantastic-Arse joke, but we forgive him for that. David joins us to look at Fantastic Four #21, featuring the hateful Hate-Monger, Colonel Nick Fury, and a surprise guest-star on the final page. We then move onto Strange Tales #115, featuring the Sandman and... not much else.

We also introduce our new blog, Fantastic Flame On, a daily picture blog chronicling every instance of Flame On, It's Clobberin' Time, Asbestos, and more. Swing by the site to check it out!

David Wynne can be found on twitter (@davidwynne) and tumblr (http://davidwynne.tumblr.com/, or http://bigfootrock.tumblr.com/)

Ideasman can be found at http://particlefiction.posterous.com/

Hypergirl can be ordered in trade paperback from here 

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The Fantasticast Episode 20: Fantastic Four #20 & Strange Tales #114

The Fantasticast Episode 20

The Fantasticast Episode 20

The (Pre-Emptive) Return Of Captain America (Secret Wars II Continues In This Episode)

Landmark! Record Breaker! We Never Thought You'd Get There! Just some of the comments made about this episode before it was even listened to by human ears!

Steve and Andrew re-unite once more to continue their trek through all things Fantastic. This episode they cover one of the less-good issues of the Fantastic Four, featuring the first appearence of the Molecule Man. They then move on to one of the less-bad issues of Strange Tales, featuring the first modern appearance of Captain America... sort of... Along the way, they tackle listener e-mails, and kill off the Teen Brigade.

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