Stephen Lacey and Andrew Leyland are your guide to Marvel’s First Family, The Fantastic Four. Starting at the very beginning of the Marvel Age of Comics, they cover every issue of The Fantastic Four, every spinoff title (Strange Tales, Marvel Two-In-One, and more), every guest appearance and every cameo, in order of publication…
Hello, and welcome to episode 168 of The Fantasticast. Each week, Steve Lacey and Andy Leyland guide you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four.
January 1974. The month that everything changed (for about a decade or so). But we’ll get to that in a couple of episodes. In the meantime, it’s time to pick up the pieces of the team with Fantastic Four #142. Alicia’s on another sight-restoring kick, there’s an impressively-designed villain/monster out to kick Ben Grimm’s backside, and Coach Thorpe is still trying to force himself into a plot line. Will she? Will it? Will he?
It’s also a huge welcome to new regular Fantastic Four penciler Rich Buckler, and we waste no time in getting into the details of the controversies of his run. We’re also debating Steve’s favourite sight-gags in Mel Brooks movies, the non-spoilers awesomeness of Supergirl, and spending far too long arguing the temporal relativity of a single caption box. Because it wouldn’t be the Fantasticast if we didn’t find a reason to argue over the tiniest little thing.
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Original artwork by Michael Georgiou. Check out his work at mikedraws.co.uk
Episode cover design by Samuel Savage.