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The Fantasticast

Stephen Lacey & Andrew Leyland

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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, FF, and more), every guest appearance and every cameo, all in order of publication.
 
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For 40+ minutes of extra content, including our discussions of Astonishing Tales #12 -13 (the second Man-Thing story) and Marvel Team-Up #3 (the return of Morbius), support us at patreon.com/marvelbythemonth. Subscribers at the $4/month level get instant access to our bonus feed of content that contains more than 60 extended and exclusive episodes!…
 
No writer had a greater impact on 1970s Marvel than "Stainless" Steve Englehart. From a four-year stint on the Avengers that included the Avengers/Defenders War, to the redefinition of Captain America and the original Secret Empire storyline, to a Doctor Strange run that is still considered among the character's best, Englehart entered just as Marv…
 
For 30 more minutes of this episode, which includes our discussions of Marvel's early attempts to tackle racial issues in their stories, as well as Bryan's book report on David F. Walker's BadAzz MoFo, support us at patreon.com/marvelbythemonth. Subscribers at the $4/month level get instant access to our bonus feed of content that contains over 60 …
 
For 55 more minutes of this episode, which includes our discussion of Avengers #101 and Amazing Adventures #13, as well as our HOT TAKES about Jonathan Hickman and Mike Huddleston's Decorum, support us at patreon.com/marvelbythemonth. Subscribers at the $4/month level get instant access to our bonus feed of content that contains nearly 60 extended …
 
Jennifer aka Comics Will Break Your Heart not only saved our butts at the last minute when this show almost fell apart, she also talks comics on the internet every weekend on the Casually Comics Sunday Chat. She's a certified punk rock comics genius who's way too good at what she does to waste her time on our nonsense — and yet she does, and we're …
 
Ah, Fuck Me Dead, I've Got To Draw All This Shit Hello, and welcome to episode 363 of The Fantasticast. Each episode, Steve Lacey guides you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four. For the second week in a row, the Avengers nose their way into the podcast, but to greater narrative effect. Blastarr and Annihilus are te…
 
For 25 more minutes of this episode, which includes our discussion of Iron Man #47 and Fantastic Four #123, support us at patreon.com/marvelbythemonth. Subscribers at the $4/month level get instant access to our bonus feed of content that contains nearly 60 extended and exclusive episodes — with more being added every week! Issues Discussed in this…
 
The Comics Canon is the podcast that rates, reviews, and renders judgment on the greatest comic book stories of yesterday and today. If you like what we do, treat yourself to a podcast where two extremely knowledgable hosts usually only talk about comics that they stand a good chance of either liking or loving! For 45 more minutes of this episode, …
 
Stephen Bissette is a legend of comics and horror and horror comics. In 1984, he penciled a little story in Saga of the Swamp Thing #21 called “The Anatomy Lesson” and, with Alan Moore, Rick Veitch, and John Totleben, proceeded to turn the comics world on its ear. His Eisner Award-winning horror anthology Taboo featured a who’s who of ‘80s and ‘90s…
 
Hello, and welcome to episode 362 of The Fantasticast. Each episode, Steve Lacey guides you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four. This time on the Fantasticast, we discover what happens after an all-action issue. Yes, it's the inevitable exposition, and there's plenty of it. From decaying cultures in the far future …
 
SEE MBTM AND MORE LIVE AT BOOKS WITH PICTURES! From 6 - 10 pm on Saturday, September 10th, the Eisner Award-winning Books with Pictures will host Block with Party, an official Rose City Comic Con afterparty. Four of Portland's hometown Marvel-themed podcasts — Miles from Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men, Voice of Latveria, Werewolf by Night Podcast, a…
 
SEE MBTM AND MORE LIVE AT BOOKS WITH PICTURES! From 6 - 10 pm on Saturday, September 10th, the Eisner Award-winning Books with Pictures will host Block with Party, an official Rose City Comic Con afterparty. Four of Portland's hometown Marvel-themed podcasts — Miles from Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men, Voice of Latveria, Werewolf by Night Podcast, a…
 
Miles Stokes is one-half of the podcasting duo behind Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men, the Marvel history show that's basically what we do, except: they only cover mutant-adjacent Marvel books, they've been doing it for more than twice as long as we have, and they actually have some idea of what they're talking about. Also very much worth checking ou…
 
For an extra 45 minutes of this episode, including Bendis's behind-the-scenes commentary on how Marvel approaches producing comics events, how Secret Invasion came about, Roy Thomas's underrated contributions to the concept of a "shared universe," the fundamentals of good collaboration, the pros and cons of the Marvel Method, and NEAL FREAKIN' ADAM…
 
In addition to being the voice of our favorite Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing in Marvel's Squirrel Girl: The Unbeatable Radio Show!, Hal Lublin is the multi-talented writer, actor, and host of the Good Morning Night Vale, We Got This, and Tights and Fights podcasts. For an additional 20 minutes of this episode, which includes our discuss…
 
*except for that one jerk on Twitter. For an additional 30 minutes of this episode, including recaps of Fantastic Four #118 and Sub-Mariner #45, support us at patreon.com/marvelbythemonth. Subscribers at the $4/month level get instant access to our bonus feed of content that contains over 50 extended and exclusive episodes — with more being added e…
 
For an additional 22 minutes of this episode, including recaps of Incredible Hulk #46, Sub-Mariner #44, and Thor #194, support us at patreon.com/marvelbythemonth. Subscribers at the $4/month level get instant access to our bonus feed of content that contains nearly 50 extended and exclusive episodes — with more being added every week! Stories Cover…
 
Jacob Balcom and Matt Howell are just about to kick off the third season of their podcast devoted to Marvel's #1 lycanthrope. Listen and subscribe to the Werewolf by Night Podcast wherever you get your audio entertainment. For an additional 45 minutes of this episode — including our deep dives into the second half of the debut of Morbius the Living…
 
Festive Clay Snuffling Hello, and welcome to episode 361 of The Fantasticast. Each episode, Steve Lacey guides you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four. This week, the Fantasticast hits a new milestone - the first comic covered twice by the show. We looked at Marvel Two-in-One #74 almost an entire decade ago, and it…
 
In addition to being the only person with an @marvel.com address who doesn't immediately flag our emails as spam, Tom Brevoort is Marvel Comics' longest-tenured editor. His official titles are Executive Editor and Senior Vice President of Publishing, but he's basically been shepherding Marvel comics to our local shops for more than two decades, and…
 
In this episode, Elliott Kalan begins his Rocky-style training montage to prepare for The Flop House's first LIVE show in over two years! If you're going to be anywhere near Brooklyn, NY on Sunday, August 7th, you owe it to yourself to buy a ticket today and see The Original Peaches live at The Bell House! And hey, while you're on the internet, how…
 
Douglas Wolk is the brilliant but twisted comics scientist behind All of the Marvels: A Journey to the Ends of the Biggest Story Ever Told, the best book ever written about Marvel Comics, ever. He's also the Eisner Award-winning author of Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean, as well as the host of Voice of Latveria, the best …
 
Elana Levin is the host of the outstanding Graphic Policy Radio podcast, which talks about comics, genre movies and television all through the lens of politics and social change. Bryan recently guested on a roundtable tribute to the great Neal Adams and didn't mention Expanding Earth Theory even once. For an additional 40 minutes of this episode, i…
 
Mike Allred is one of the greatest and most prolific comics creators in the history of the industry. From his creator-owned work like Madman (celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2022), Red Rocket 7, The Golden Plates, iZombie, and Bowie, to critically acclaimed runs on Marvel titles, including FF (with Matt Fraction), X-Statix (with Peter Milligan)…
 
Reed's Tool Hello, and welcome to episode 360 of The Fantasticast. Each episode, Steve Lacey guides you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four. It's a bumper episode of The Fantasticast this week, as we cover no less than five comics! From visitors from the inside of a black hole, to scientific handwaves, from the dis…
 
Hi all! The MTVC has been an incredible ride, and I don't think it's over yet. But for now, I gotta press pause. I'm so grateful to each and every one of you for taking this journey with us. Kristine, Maeve, Jesse, and Amanda have been relentlessly awesome, and I've had so much fun, but life has conspired to make it tough to fit all this fun into m…
 
For an additional 35 minutes of this episode, including the first appearance of Doc Samson in Incredible Hulk #141 and the death (?) of Thor in Thor #189, support us at patreon.com/marvelbythemonth. Subscribers at the $4/month level get instant access to our bonus feed of content that contains over 40 extended and exclusive episodes — with more bei…
 
As the founder of Kitchen Sink Press, Denis Kitchen published some of the most important independent and underground comics of the last 50 years, including Bizarre Sex, Gay Comix, Omaha the Cat Dancer, Will Eisner’s Quarterly, The Crow, and From Hell. He has also been a lifelong defender of the First Amendment rights of comics retailers, creators, …
 
Direct Nipple Strike Hello, and welcome to episode 359 of The Fantasticast. Each episode, Steve Lacey guides you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four. This week, we're jumping through the dimensions with Ben Grimm and Wendell Vaughan. A dangling plot thread needs to be tied up, and it leads our heroes to a world und…
 
Seanbaby launched what was probably the first comedy website on the internet, and he's the co-founder of what might be the last one: 1900HOTDOG. Sample their savory processed humor for free, and then support them on Patreon for even more naturally cased hilarity. For 60 more minutes of this episode — including our deep dives into Thor #188 ("The En…
 
Writer Joe Keatinge has been our most frequent guest, and with good reason: no one appreciates early Marvel weirdness more than him! His entire life has been leading up to this episode. For an additional 40 minutes of this episode — including our deep dives into the Neal Adams story from Tower of Shadows #2 ("One Hungers") and our MONSTER by the Mi…
 
Reed Richards: Master of Ethics Hello, and welcome to episode 358 of The Fantasticast. Each episode, Steve Lacey guides you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four. This time on the Fantasticast, we must, we must uncover the mysteries of Franklin's powers, by dressing him up as Professor X (with handy replica Cerebro) …
 
Nick Orr is a brilliant multimedia artist whose Prince and the Pea is available at Books with Pictures, where he ensures that only the finest funnybooks make it into our hands each and every week. We salute his service. For an additional 50 minutes of this episode — including our deep dives into Incredible Hulk #139 ("Many Foes Has the Hulk!") and …
 
We began this series with a messy character in Marc/Steven, but in a good way! We end this series with a messy finale, and that's...a little more complicated. So what went right in this last episode? What could have gone better and how? Our Charactercast team of Kristine Kippins, Jesse Taylor, and Marc Faletti assemble to balance the scales of Moon…
 
Katie Pryde is the proprietrix of Books with Pictures, a comics shop in Portland, Oregon built from the ground up to prioritize inclusivity and diverse representation. She and the shop were recently featured in Mark Trail! You'll find at least one of us there most Wednesdays, and we'll also be there on Free Comic Book Day (Saturday, May 7th)! For a…
 
A 'Masterclass' In Solo 'Podcasting' Hello, and welcome to episode 357 of The Fantasticast. Each episode, Steve Lacey guides you through every issue, guest-appearance and cameo of The Fantastic Four. The show is back after a 2-ish week break, and this time, there's a dire need to wrap some things up. There's an unfinished three-part storyline in Ma…
 
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