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Booksplode #34 – Fantastic Four: Behold… Galactus! Marvel Select Edition

Show Notes

Thanks to our awesome Patrons, we’re proud to present another Booksplode!

What’s a Booksplode? It’s a bi-monthly special edition show in which we take a look at a single graphic novel or collected edition, something we really just don’t have time to do on the regular show.

This month, Josh Flanagan and Conor Kilpatrick take a look at Fantastic Four: Behold… Galactus! Marvel Select Edition by Stan Lee, John Byrne, Jack Kirby, John Buscema, Joe Sinnott, Glynis Wein, Artie Simek, Sam Rosen, John Costanza, & Jim Novak!

Running Time: 00:47:58

Music:
“The Man Comes Around”
Johnny Cash

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Comments

  1. Great booksplode. I have yet to go back and plow through FF from start to finish but this was a great way to hit some of the highlights. As an aside, I knew Ben chomped on his cigars but apparently he delved into the ciggys as well (#48, page 14, panel 3).

    • Another tangential Galactus moment worth reading is FF 261/262 “The Trial of Reed Richards”

    • Great booksplode. I have yet to go back and plow through FF from start to finish but this was a great way to hit some of the highlights. As an aside, I knew Ben chomped on his cigars but apparently he delved into the ciggys as well (#48, page 14, panel 3).

      PS Byrne did draw your typical craggy Thing but Reed turned him back to the slagging look when trying to return him to Ben Grimm form in FF 238.

  2. Great choice with the Johnny Cash song. Made me think about both Galactus, but also the creators. But that got me thinking, how many songs of his, and particular that album, have you guys used over the years?

  3. Not as many as the Decembersits or The Shins is the number.

  4. I say often that I miss the old editorial boxes, and I think you guys managed to articulate what exactly was pleasing about them. I very much miss this old style of story telling right down to A to B, C to D story structure you talk about. I understand why all that was ground out of the books through the 90s and 2000s, but I still feel like it’s a shame because that feels like comics to me, and I don’t get that same feeling of excitement from reading modern books. I think it mostly has to do with structural changes like these rather than any actual short comings in art or plotting.

  5. When FF48 appeared, it was stunning. One more part of the transformation of comics that Lee, Kirby, Ditko and the rest were accomplishing. And a big part of it was, and the Booksplode makes clear, this was part of an ongoing saga and that the readers were seen as part of a community with the creators.

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