Larry Lieber

The Fantasticast Episode 93: Fantastic Four Annual #6 - Let There Be Life

The Fantasticast Episode 93

The Fantasticast Episode 93

Ambush Bug In Judge Dredd's Clothing

It's a giant-sized episode of The Fantasticast for a giant-sized issue of the Fantastic Four. Annual #6 features the first appearance of the classic villain Annihilus, as well as the birth of Franklin Richards. To celebrate these milestones, Steve and Andy have invited a special guest onto the show - Al Kennedy, of the House To Astonish podcast.

Together, we examine the most in-depth exploration of the Negative Zone to date; pick holes in 1960s natal care, discover The Adventures of Night Optometrist, explore the etymology of Annihilus, take up residence in the Arenas of Crochet and Cribbage, listen to Anihilus Sings Barry White, play Star In A Reasonably Priced Fantasticar, and get the only Acrobat update you'll ever need to receive.

Don't forget to answer out Listener Question - Are you currently reading Fantastic Four, and why?

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The Fantasticast Episode 78: Amazing Spider-Man Annual #4 - The Web And The Flame

The Fantasticast Episode 78

The Fantasticast Episode 78

The Ayn Rand Simile Or Metaphor Theme Song

Annual season continues and concludes here at the Fantasticast. Steve and Andy get to grips with Amazing Spider-Man Annual #4, featuring the latest team-up between the Human Torch and Spider-Man. Memories of Strange Tales Annual #2 are lingering, and with irrelevant villains, forced conflict, and leaps in storytelling logic so vast even Evel Knievel would think twice before leaping across them, there's good reason for these to linger.

For, hidden underneath the surprisingly good artwork of Larry Lieber, is a Strange Tales story in all but name.

This deception has put Steve in a particularly bad mood, and he puts this bad mood to good use this episode. He also uses it to respond to listener e-mails, in a very angry feedback session. Sorry about that...

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

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The Fantasticast Episode 11: Fantastic Four #13 & Strange Tales #107

The Fantasticast Episode 11

The Fantasticast Episode 11

Red? Yes! Communist? Yes! Russian? No!

Just to be clear, Ivan Kragoff, the Red Ghost, is not Russian at all. Oh no.

Welcome to the 11th episode of the Mighty Fantasticast. This week, your hosts - Andrew Leyland and Steve Lacey - take a deep breath and dive into one of Stan and Jack's kookier concepts, the Red Ghost and his super-apes. It's not all crazy super-simians though, as we encounter a mysterious being who embodies the concept of non-interference (unless it suits the writer to have him interfere), The Watcher. It's Fantastic Four #13 in all its glory!

We then come back down to Earth and journey beneath the seas as we join Johnny Storm as he seeks out Namor the Sub-Mariner to exact vengeance for something or other, possibly boredom.

We also spend a few minutes catching up with your emails and feedback. Keep them coming in and we'll feature each and every one in an upcoming episode.

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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 10: Fantastic Four #12, Strange Tales #106 & Amazing Spider-Man #1

The Fantasticast Episode 10

The Fantasticast Episode 10

Hulk? Smash!

Hurrah, it's another Weter-iffic episode of the Fantasticast! But why is it Weter-iffic? Well, dear listner, it is Weter-iffic due to the presence of our latest guest-host. You may have heard him on Superman Forever Radio, Green Lantern's Light, The New 52 Adventures of Superman, or PADSMASH: An Incredible Hulk Podcast. He is J. David Weter, and he joins us for the seminal Fantastic Four #12, featuring ol' jade-jaws himself, The Incredible Hulk.

Following this, we stop off in Strange Tales #106 as the Acrobat causes mischief, mayhem, and the abandonment of something very important to the nascent Johnny Storm. And finally, we celebrate the publication of the iconic Amazing Spider-Man #1 by taking a look at the team's first ever appearance outside of one of their own titles.

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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 9: Fantastic Four #11 & Strange Tales #105

The Fantasticast Episode 9

The Fantasticast Episode 9

Patriotic Pedestrians Proceeding from Planet Poppup Prefer Poorly Produced Podcasts

I don't consider our show poorly produced, but we have been experiencing sound quality issues that do affect this episode. Sorry!

This week Steve and Andy are on their own, and they're taking a look at two slices of Silver age scrumptiousness. First up is Fantastic Four #11, featuring the first appearances of Willie Lumpkin and The Impossible Man. And then, to finish off, there's Strange Tales #106, featuring the second appearance of most of the Wizard.

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The Fantasticast Episode 8: Fantastic Four #10 & Strange Tales #104

Don! Don! Don! Don-Don-Don! Don-Don-Don!

(It's the Imperial March)

Welcome to Episode Eight of the Fantasticast! I can't believe we've been doing this for more hours than there are of television and film set in the world of Firefly! This episode sees veteran podcaster Donovan Morgan Grant (Amazing Spider-Man Classics, The Next Dimension: A Dragonball Z Podcast) jump aboard for two hours of mind-swapping madness and sticky goodness as we take a look at Fantastic Four #10 and Strange Tales #104. We find out how Doctor Doom survive the ravages of space, watch the team read some mail, and meet Paste Pot Pete and give him every ounce of respect that his first appearance deserves.

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Episode cover design by Samuel Savage.

The Fantasticast Episode 7: Fantastic Four #9 & Strange Tales #103

The Fantasticast Episode 7

The Fantasticast Episode 7

S(&)M Studios!

Stephen and Andrew are (mostly) going it alone this week, taking a look at Fantastic Four #9, which gave us the first appearance of the classic Silver Age Marvel trope, the use of a film shoot to cover the plans of a nefarious ne'er-do-well! There's fun galore as the signal flare is used and abused, as Stan and Jack cram in a bunch of celebrity cameos, as the Human Torch faces off against a fire-proof tribe, and Ben and Namor get down to business in one of the best fight scenes yet in the book. And then there's Strange Tales #103, which has some mucking around in the 5th dimension (not that one...) in a fairly forgettable story that has already slipped my memory.

We're also briefly joined by Jon M. Wilson and J. David Weter of The New 52 Adventures of Superman to establish just what the heck went on with the last episode...

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The Fantasticast Episode 6: Fantastic Four #8 & Strange Tales #102

The Fantasticast Episode 6

The Fantasticast Episode 6

Like A Puppet On A String

This week, Andrew and Steve are joined by veteran podcaster Joshua Lapin-Bertone, formerly of Amazing Spider-Man Classics and currently of Clone Saga Chronicles, The Spider-Man Crawlspace and Bertone Beatle Bonanza, amongst others. Josh is a veteran of the Silver Age, despite not having lived through it, and was also the voice for Namor in our amazing trailer, so we couldn't wait to get him onto the show.

This time, we cover the first appearance of Philip and Alicia Masters in Fantastic Four #8, whilst the Wizard and his alarming choice of facial hair pop up to render a future retcon null and void in Strange Tales #102.

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The Fantasticast Episode 5: Fantastic Four #7 & Strange Tales #101

The Fantasticast Episode 5

The Fantasticast Episode 5

The Strangest Tales Of All

Hello and welcome to the fifth episode of the Fantasticast. Andrew Leyland and Steve Lacey are your guides today as we journey through Fantastic Four #7 and Strange Tales #101, the first issue of that title to feature the (almost) solo adventures of The Human Torch. Along the way, we nearly redo a gag from a previous episode, get highly distracted by anything shiny nearby, and, almost by accident, manage to provide some commentary on the issues!

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Episode cover design by Samuel Savage.