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The Fantasticast Episode 154: Fantastic Four #131 - Revolt In Paradise

The Fantasticast Episode 154
The Fantasticast Episode 154

Flamenco Exposition

Hello, and welcome to episode 154 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, we're covering the first part of Roy Thomas's final Fantastic Four story for a few years. John Buscema's taking a holiday, so Ross Andru swings by to provide fill-in art for this story featuring Johnny Storm, Crystal and Quicksilver in the Great Refuge. The Alpha Primitives are revolting... and they're not too happy about their status as slaves either!

It's an episode packed full of romance, fill-in art, the intentional immorality of Benjamin J. Grimm, existential links, discovering that Crystal doesn't know how to kiss, and the revelation that Black Bolt is The Karate Kid.

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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 153: Marvel Team-Up #6 - As Those Who Will Not See!

The Fantasticast Episode 153
The Fantasticast Episode 153

The Secret Origin Of Phil

Hello, and welcome to episode 153 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

We're dipping our toes back into the world of Marvel Team-Up, with issue #5. The Thing is the guest-star for this issue, stepping forward in his own right for the first time. Can you tell that Marvel Two-In-One is on the horizon? This titanic team-up also features two (count 'em, two!) villains, the nefarious Mad Thinker and the strangely sympathetic Puppet Master. After a decade of radioactive clay, the time has come to discover his secret origin.

Joining us for this team-up is Fantasticast artist Mike Georgiou. Creator of Steve and Bob, and Elemental Micah, Mike is the owner of a proud beard and a fluffy tablecloth. He's also the creator of our wonderful show artwork, and we're very pleased to welcome him back to the show. Check out his work at mikedraws.co.uk or follow @mikedraws on twitter.

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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 152: Fantastic Four #130 - Battleground: The Baxter Building

The Fantasticast Episode 152
The Fantasticast Episode 152

Longbox Amnesia

Hello, and welcome to episode 152 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

Big changes are afoot in this week's episode of The Fantasticast. Fantastic Four #152 sees the Frightful Four infiltrate the Baxter Building, striking a blow at the heart of the Fantastic Four. With the team seemingly broken apart and defeated, can the combined force of Franklin and Sue Richards save the day? What unthinkable consequences will their actions bring? And can this set of show notes get any more overwrought?

We also read your e-mails, plug our friends participating in Secret Convergence on Infinite Podcasts, discuss just why Reed Richards isn't working for us in Secret Wars, encounter melodramatic Johnny Storm's melodrama, and give more thought to Gorgon's footwear than anyone has ever given before.

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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 151: Fantastic Four #129 - The Frightful Four Plus One

The Fantasticast Episode 151
The Fantasticast Episode 151

Attack Of The Giant Asterisk

Hello, and welcome to episode 151 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 another landmark issue of The Fantastic Four, as issue #129 sees the introduction of the fiery Femizon, Thundra. As the Fantastic Four start to splinter and fracture, the Frightful Four mount a brutal attack on the Thing and Medusa. Roy Thomas and John Buscema have big changes in store for the team, and we're here to guide you through them.

As well as this, we're also displaying totes accurate accents, questioning the choice of chauvinism over survival, and spanking the Trapster's arse. Look, if we didn't, who would?

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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 150: Fantastic Four #128 - Death In A Dark And Lonely Place

The Fantasticast Episode 150
The Fantasticast Episode 150

How Do You Avoid Sadness?

Hello, and welcome to episode 150 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

150. That's quite a number, and one we're really proud of. Nearly four years to the day after we sat down to record our first episode, we're passing a century-and-a-half's worth of episodes. Thankfully, we've got a cracking Fantastic Four issue to take a look at, with Roy Thomas and John Buscema's Fantastic Four #128.

It's a subterranean tour de force, with the Mole Man, Kala and Tyrannous battling it out for dominion of the underworld. There's a legally-mandated bonus set of posters, a good thing, a good read, the question of Mantis or Moondragon, and the mystery of the missing preacher. We've packed this episode with geekery, trivia, and the inability to read out loud. Would you expect anything less?

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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 149: Fantastic Four #127 - Where The Sun Dares Not Shine

The Fantasticast Episode 149
The Fantasticast Episode 149

I Am A Mole (Man) And I Live In A Hole (Man)

Hello, and welcome to episode 149 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, we're taking a look at Fantastic Four #127, in which Roy Thomas and John Buscema bring together the myriad rulers of the subterranean kingdoms of the Marvel Universe - The Mole Man, Kala, and Tyrannus. It's a melting pot of underground intrigue, with lashings of moloids, a giant lizard, and just a little touch of brainwashing.

We've also got your listener e-mails, wonderfully sappy number one single, more false starts than a thing that contains a large number of false starts (look, it's late, and metaphors are hard), and news of some sort of infinitely secret convergence...

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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 148: Fantastic Four #126 - The Way It Began

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The-Fantasticast-Episode-148

Deja Vu All Over Again

Hello, and welcome to episode 148 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 the dawning of a new era for the Fantastic Four as Roy Thomas comes on board as the regular writer, with Fantastic Four #126. And what better way to start a new era than by revisiting the start of the previous era? Yes, it's time to retell the origin of the Fantastic Four, complete with extra dialogue, homages to Jack Kirby's panel layouts, and some alarming trousers.

Joining us to examine this new beginning is our regular cover designer, Sam Savage. Sam's responsible for each individual episode image, and we're celebrating 100 episodes with his work. Both Sam and Andy have also featured together in the latest Back Issue magazine, which we also find the time to discuss as well. Follow Sam on twitter at @SLPSavage

We also have an excerpt from the Power Records adaptation of this comic. The full audio and scans of the pages can be found at the Power Records blog run by Rob Kelly of the Aquaman Shrine. Do check it out!

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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 147: Fantastic Four #125 - The Monster's Secret

The-Fantasticast-Episode-147
The-Fantasticast-Episode-147

Penicillin

Hello, and welcome to episode 147 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 the end of another era for the Fantastic Four, as Fantastic Four #125 marks the final work by Stan Lee as regular writer of the book. Concluding the return of the Monster from the Lost Lagoon, this final issue features unlikely concussions, melodramatic melodrama, quick-change costuming, and deep, meaningful morals. Well, three out of four ain't bad...

We also stop and take a moment to assess Stan's return to the Fantastic Four, how it compares to his return to Amazing Spider-Man, and whether the Gibbon is better than the Monster. It's a bittersweet moment for the show, twinged with sadness but filled with the knowledge that an extended run from Roy Thomas is just around the corner...

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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 146: Marvel Team-Up #3 - The Power To Purge

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The-Fantasticast-Episode-146

The Waffles Are An Untruth

Hello, and welcome to episode 146 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 sees us dip our toes back into the murky waters of Marvel Team-Up, as the Human Torch once again teams up with Spider-Man, this time to take on the Living Vampire himself, Morbius.

Joining us for this team-up is UK Podcast Award nominee Stacey Taylor, of Stacey's Pop Culture Parlour and Podcast In A Half-Shell. Together, we name Timothy Spall as the quintessential brummie, out-index the Marvel Index, indulge in some over-ACT-ing, encounter a muffled Spider-Man, get drunk on cheese, and ponder just what exactly an enzyme vampire actually is.

You can find Stacey's Pop Culture Parlour here, and the Podcast In A Half-Shell hereStacey's 24 Hour Podcast begins here. You can also find the Parlour on twitter here, and Stacey's personal twitter is here.

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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 145: Fantastic Four #124 - The Return Of The Monster

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The-Fantasticast-Episode-145

Walls Aren't Elastic

Hello, and welcome to episode 145 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's we're diving into part one of Stan Lee's final story for The Fantastic Four, with Fantastic Four #124. Keeping in line with his return to the book, it's a revisiting of a concept already seen in the book, the mysterious, mute, monster from the Black Lagoon. Will this be a new facet of a confused yet fun story, or a pointless rehash mixed with a lot of running around? Join us, as we find out.

We also check in with Incredible Hulk #153, which sees the Hulk in trial for the destruction and chaos he's caused. With Matt Murdock defending, Reed Richards finds himself faced with a moral quandry. It's a mega-Marvel bonanza, guest-starring... well, almost everybody.

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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 144: Fantastic Four #123 - This World Enslaved

The-Fantasticast-Episode-144
The-Fantasticast-Episode-144

The Great Galactus Bake-Off

Hello, and welcome to episode 144 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.

And lo, there shall be an ending, of a sort. With Galactus poised to eat the entire planet, it's up to Reed to do the equivalent of reading the small-print, before bragging to the entire planet. Well, when you've got the equivalent of a brain the size of a planet, you might as well let everyone know! Fantastic Four #123, Stan Lee's antepenultimate issue of the Fantastic Four, is our issue for this episode.

However, it's not our only issue. We have a very brief peak at Captain Ameria and Falcon #150, before taking a more leisurely browse through The Incredible Hulk #152, featuring the prelude to the Trial of the Incredible Hulk. All this, and a detailed look at career paths in the US Army of the Marvel Universe, and the discovery of Galactus's PIN. And featuring Richard M. Nixon as himself!

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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 143: Marvel Team-Up #2 - And Spidey Makes Four

The Fantasticast Episode 143
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 142: Fantastic Four #122 - Galactus Unleashed

The Fantasticast Episode 142
The Fantasticast Episode 142

Is Galactus A True Scotsman?

Hello, and welcome to episode 142 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 sees us cover Fantastic Four #122. Galactus has arrived on Earth, and he is very hungry. The Fantastic Four get into their most physical confrontation yet with the World Eater, before splitting up and embarking on a daring hijacking mission. Can the Silver Surfer find a way to escape his fate? All this and more in this issue from the hands of Stan Lee, John Buscema and Joe Sinnott.

We've also got our regular dose of listener e-mails, Andy embarks on a particularly troublesome elocution safari, and we discover the madness of dating Madness.

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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

The Fantasticast Episode 141
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?

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

Episode cover design by Samuel Savage.