I got a nice e-mail from Jonathan with Thwip Studios.  He is taking classic Spidey stories and turning them into motion comics. His first two videos are tackling Spider-Man: Blue. Our own JR from the podcast is voicing the Green Goblin and Norman Osborn. So check out the videos they’re very well done. His next comic is Kraven’s Last Hunt and I’ll be performing the part of the newsman. That should be a lot of fun.


PAY-Christopher-Lee-and-his-son-christopher-aged-3-years-oldChristopher Lee knows that being a dad comes with a lot great power and great responsibility. For the past two months he has put on a Spider-Man everyday to play with his son. Three year old Christopher junior also has a matching Spider-Man suit. 
Lee says he has no fun memories of him and his father so he wanted to change that with his son.  “By me wearing this suit, I am giving him a real life action hero, and he loves it,”says Lee. 

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I return to the MC2 Universe to talk about the history of the Peter Parker of that universe, better known as Spider-Girl’s Father.

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After some time I do another villain profile on Mac Gorgon better known as the Scorpion.

electric-spidey10I think this appeared in the old Electric Company magazine. I have very fond memories of that magazine and also the Spidey Super Stories comic. 

Podcast314picHere are the Spider-News topics we’re tackling this month. 
*Two new Avengers/ X-Men Axis Spider-Man related mini series with Hobgoblin and Carnage. 
*Stan Lee insulted by Comics Alliance writer, and the increasing disrespect about  his contributions to Marvel. 
*Karen Gillan wants to play Spider-Girl? 
*If you want to cosplay in Times Square, you may have register. A superhero registration act could actually happen. 
*You’ve heard of John Romita and his son John Romita Jr, but what about Vinny Romita. And is an E-Bay auction from Vinnie worth $17,000? 
*A 1969 Steve Ditko letter is going for $15,000. Would you buy it? 
*We also discuss copyright laws with costume characters and a recent statue that is wanting to use the Superman symbol. 

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Superhero Party 6Who wants Spider-Cake? 

podcast313picGeorge and I take on reviewing nine Spider-satellite comics. Those include:
Deadpool Vs Carnage # 3

Deadpool Annual # 2
All New Ultimates # 1 and #2
Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man # 1
Guardians of the Galaxy # 15
Amazing X-Men # 7
New Warriors # 4
Superior Foes of Spider-Man # 12

George also reviews two episodes of the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon. Those include:
Season One, Episode Eleven – Venomnous
Season Two, Episode Twenty-Five ‘Return of the Sinister Six’

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It’s the return of twice-a-month Amazing Spider-Man…and the Spider-Solicitations, this time for October.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7
DAN SLOTT (W) • GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (A/C)
Variant Cover by JAVIER PULIDO
DEADPOOL 75th VARIANT COVER BY TBA
HASBRO VARAINT COVER BY TBA
STOMP OUT BULLYING VARIANT COVER BY TBA
• Peer over the EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE!
• Spidey teams up with Ms. Marvel in a high-flying (stepping in Kamala’s case) adventure!
• Who is Spider-UK and what does he have to do with SPIDER-VERSE?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #8
DAN SLOTT (W) • GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (A/C)
Variant Cover by RYAN OTTLEY
• Step over the EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE!
• MC2 Spider-Girl finds herself and her family under attack from the mysterious forces behind Spider-Verse!
• Ms. Marvel gets Spider-Man out of a jam.
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

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norman-osborn-head-spider-manBadassdigest seems to have gotten an early draft of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 script. They’re reporting ten things that were cut from the movie. They don’t list the frozen head of Norman Osborn, but they’re pretty interesting. What do you think?  Read the rest of this entry »

SpideyWindowWasherLast week, “Spider-Man” decided to use his “wall-crawling” and “web-slinging powers” for a good cause: cleaning the windows at the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, TX. For the young patients, this was, undoubtedly, one of the happiest days of their lives, including for three-year old Nasir Lester:

[Nasir] was watching television in his Texas hospital room, recovering from his latest round of chemotherapy when he heard the news: Spiderman was in the playroom.

He jumped up and walked to the playroom, something his mother hadn’t seen him do since he was diagnosed with acute phenotype leukemia at the end of April, she said. Lately, he has only wanted to be carried.

“You should have seen his eyes light up when he saw Spiderman in the playroom,” said Nasir’s mother, Rashaunda Lester. “It was amazing. That’s his favorite character…”

…Nasir got a high-five from the masked hero, who sat down with him to toy with some Play-Doh.

Then, Spiderman was whisked away, but not for long. He reappeared on the other side of the glass window, suspended by cables outside. Sometimes, Spiderman needs to take a break from fighting crime to wash a few windows.

This is not the first time Spidey has tried his hand at window-cleaning while making kids smile. Professional window-washers dressing up as superheroes first has it’s origins over in Great Britain, but “Spidey” has been joined by the likes of “Superman”, “Batman”, “Captain America”, and the “Incredible Hulk” in visiting other Children’s Hospitals in cities across the United States, including Akron, Pittsburgh, Tulsa, Chicago, and Memphis. 

Where will “Spidey” and his Amazing Friends show up next? You’re guess is as good as mine, but for now, it’s great to know there are those who, along with brightening up those windows, are brightening up boys and girls’ spirits.

Sources: ABC and Chirdren’s Medical Foundation

OriginalAmazingSpider-Man#1If you thought honesty and integrity were in short supply in our more cynical, jaded age, think again! Over on the AK47.net, a forum which usually discusses topics regarding guns and firearms, a user going by the handle The_Macallan, posted the following:

So I ordered a comic book online, and the seller sent me the wrong one. They sent me this one instead:

The comic they sent him was a copy of the original Amazing Spider-Man #1 (1963) by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, which, depending on the condition, can sell on average between $2,000 to $36,000 (some auctions have sold a copy for more than $83,000 and others have even gone as high as $200,000).

So what did The_Macallan do when he found out he’d received one of the most sought-after comics of all time? He returned it!

I contacted the seller about their mistake and they were EXTREMELY relieved to hear from me and that I’d be sending it back to them.

Wow. So I got to hold a piece of cultural history for at least a couple of days.

I’d say someone has taken the immortal words “with great power comes great responsibility” to heart, don’t you?

OrciLeavesSpideyPerhaps the handwriting was on the wall after the amicable separation of Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci, the scriptwriting team behind Transformers, Star Trek, Cowboys and Aliens, the Sleepy Hollow television series, and, of course, Sony’s rebooted Amazing Spider-Man films.  Last Friday, Orci announced that, due to his commitments towards writing and directing the upcoming Star Trek 3 film, and his new television series, Matador, he is no longer “officially involved” with The Amazing Spider-Man 3.  Furthermore, Orci doesn’t know what plans Sony may have in store for Spider-Man or it’s possible spin-off films.

In an interview with IGN, Orci stated the following:

“I don’t know what their plans are for [The Amazing Spider-Man] franchise…I don’t ever want to say never, but we have to figure out what their scheduling is in terms of when they want each movie. I’ve read probably as much as anyone else. There’s a love for the Sinister Six, the idea of Venom — there’s an idea of Spider-Man’s going to be one of these characters that’s part of our business. He’s such a popular character. Spider-Man’s not going to go away any time soon. When it all happens and how and all that has yet to be determined.”

This news comes on the heels of last month’s news about The Amazing Spider-Man 3 possibly delayed until 2017 instead of it’s original 2016 release date. Both Sony’s Sinister Six (to be directed by Drew Goddard) and Venom spin-offs were also supposed to have been set for release dates in 2016. Now, with his departure and statement, it appears the official release schedule for Sony’s future Spider-Man installments are now up in the air.

Source: IGN

Spider-ManChildrensMuseumAs part of their “Summer of Epic Adventure: The Sequel,” The Children’s Museum of Houston, TX will be hosting a series of events and interactive science exhibits called “Weave a Wild Web Epic” from July 24 to August 6–all of which are apparently Spider-Man themed. August 1st in particular, dubbed “Spider-Man Day,” will feature “a Spider-Man appearance” and a “Silly String Showdown” where kids can “Duke it out in Spider-Man inspired silly string shootout.” As according to the Children’s Museum’s promotional blurb:

Are your spider senses tingling? Swing into gear and team up with everyone’s friendly neighborhood wall crawler while putting your Spidey skills to the test! Practice your limberness, body awareness and pattern recognition as you weave your way through a simulated laser-alarm maze in The Arena. Use Peter Parker’s knowledge of chemistry and molecular bonds to make your own web fluid slime for you to take home at the Heroes’ Hideout. Become the friendly neighborhood web-slinger of Kidtropolis when you create abstract web art with yarn in the Alexander Art Academy.

Sources: The Children’s Museum of Houston and The Rancher 

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SF13-1“I have to go fight crime now…”

Hammerhead makes his move on Shocker in an attempt to get Silvermane’s head back while Fred’s parole officer – former Beetle, Abner Jenkins – becomes aware of Fred’s recent activities. Elsewhere, Fred and the Sinister Several reach their safe house to plot their next move…

‘Unwanted Houseguests’

WRITER Nick Spencer
ART Steve Lieber
COLOR Rachelle Rosenberg
LETTERER VC’s Clayton Cowles
EDITOR Lauren Sankovitch

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35096050-c0d9-11e3-b655-6128539e47b5_AP150285927796So what’s going on in this pic? 

“… a knife in the guts of less famous comics creators.”

I first came across this on Twitter, when Scott Kurtz mentioned it and correctly called it out for the jackassery it is.

More below the fold. Fair warning: I get pretty cranky in this…

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Marvel100AnniversarySpider-Man#1--Cover“Why do I never see it coming?”

As part of their 75th Anniversary, Marvel decided to give us an imaginary “sneak peek” into their “100th Anniversary.” Which, instead of taking place 100 years after Timely Comics #1 from 1939, takes place 100 years after the début of Fantastic Four #1 from 1961. If that’s not confusing enough for you, this particular comic is the “final chapter” from an imaginary story arc that’s been going on for “several issues” of The Amazing Spider-Man, of which we don’t actually know what the “official number” of the issue is. Anyways, since this comic is “from the future,” I guess it’s only fair if I warn you there are “spoilers,” right?

“Great Power, Part 8 of 8”
WRITER: Sean Ryan
ARTIST: In-Hyuk Lee
LETTERER:VC’s Clayton Cowles
COVER: In-Hyuk Lee
VARIANT COVER: Alexander Lozano
EDITOR: Jake Thomas
SENIOR EDITOR: Nick Lowe

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ASMLTC2014003-DC21-LR-2c364We reach Part 3 on some of my favorite Dan Slott issues ever to be released. Does the quality continue to soar with the vultures, or does it plummet like the Mole Men?

“Learning to Crawl: Part Three”
WRITER: Dan Slott
ARTIST: Ramón Pérez
COLORS: Ian Herring
LETTERS: VC’s Joe Caramagna
COVER: Alex Ross
VARIANT COVERS: John Cassaday and Paul Mounts
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Ellie Pyle
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I review the first issue of the new Spider-Man 2099 series and Superior Foes #13. Both issues are full of fun and great stories and feels like welcoming an old friend home after reading.

AmazingSpider-Man#1.3--Cover“Man, my life has become a big ‘ol mess lately, hasn’t it?”

In part one of “Learning to Crawl,” the events took place between Amazing Fantasy #15 and Amazing Spider-Man #1 (1963). In part two, the events took place at exactly the same time as the “Spider-Man Vs. The Chameleon” story also from Amazing Spider-Man #1. So now that we’re into part three, it’s time to see what issue of the original Amazing Spider-Man we’ve been plopped into the middle of.

“Learning to Crawl: Part Three”
WRITER: Dan Slott
ARTIST: Ramón Pérez
COLORS: Ian Herring
LETTERS: VC’s Joe Caramagna
COVER: Alex Ross
VARIANT COVERS: John Cassaday and Paul Mounts
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Ellie Pyle
EDITOR: Nick Lowe

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Spotlightispiderman-bustiertop4ng ladies who love Spidey. 

SM20991-1“Okay, Well… Up Yours! And thanks!”

Almost two decades after appearing in his own ongoing Miguel O’Hara slips back into the webs in present day Marvel! But will a time travel oversight agency bring an end to his new beginning?

WRITER Peter David
ART Will Sliney
COLOR Antonio Fabela
LETTERER VC’s Joe Caramagna
EDITOR Ellie Pyle
SENIOR EDITOR Nick Lowe

Peter David back on a Spider-Title? It’s like Christmas in July. There are few writers and editors working for Marvel these days that actually *get* the Marvel stable of characters. Most who did have long since moved on. What’s left is an ever-increasing number of writers and editors who’d rather shoe-horn their own view or take onto decades-old, established characters. It’s usually jarring. Thankfully Peter David’s still working with Marvel and now Spider-Fans get to reap the benefits.

At my age (I just turned 42 last week) I don’t like to think about how long it’s been since Peter David wrote the first Spider-Man 2099 title. But just for giggles I’ll tell you I was a 20 year old college man when the character first appeared. Peter David & Rick Leonardi’s Spider-Man 2099 was amazing fun back in those days, even if I felt the rest of the 2099 line wasn’t nearly as strong. Spider-Mantle titles that are consistently good always wind up becoming fan favorites. ‘Mayday’ Parker, for example, is still very popular today despite Marvel’s clear dislike for the Parker baby. The same popularity applies Spider-Man 2099. Over two decades after his first run, Spider-Fans have still kept a place in their heart for Miguel O’Hara.

So ‘Welcome Back,’ Peter David & Miguel O’Hara!

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The former friend now enemyYou’ve seen her, you’ve read about her for years but in the last few months it seems that long time Spider-Man and Marvel Comics character, Felicia Hardy has crossed her own path as the Black Cat and be put in what writers and fans have referred to as “character assassination.” What is character assassination you say? Its a deliberate and sustained process that aims to destroy the credibility and reputation of a person, institution, social group, or nation. Agents of character assassinations employ a mix of open and covert methods to achieve their goals, such as raising false accusations, planting and fostering rumors, and manipulating information to. Character assassination is an attempt to tarnish a person’s reputation. It may involve exaggeration, misleading half-truths, or manipulation of facts to present an untrue picture of the targeted person. Of course you are probably saying “hold on a second, Ryan. Isn’t that just called bad writing?” Well yes but there is a difference between writing a bad story and ruining a character to make it fit your story because that’s how you want it be and forget if it tramples on over 20 years of established history.


What history is this to a character who for the last 20 years has wore leather outfits and accented her bust line? Well, back in 1979 when I was a wee lad of one year old, writer Marv Wolfman who was writing Spider-Woman at the time wanted to make a great foil to Spider-Woman and created the Black Cat and based the character off of one of Tex Avery’s classic cartoons, “Bad Luck Blackie”. However, when he switched writing assignments to Spider-Man he took the character with him. Wolfman made considerable changes to the character and her appearance over this time; the Black Cat intended to debut in Spider-Woman had only her name and powers in common with the one who finally appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man. While for years her black leather costume was always compared to DC Comic’s Catwoman. Felicia’s outfit actually predates Catwoman’s sexy costumes by almost a decade due to writer Frank Miller redesigning the character during his Batman: Year One. Artist, Keith Pollard originally design the costume to be the reflection of a real black cat with white outlined fur on the gloves and boots. The over abundance of Felicia’s cleavage didn’t start showing up until the 80s when the “lusty and busty” emphasis started becoming more profound. Of course this sexy look started being a staple of the character until Superior Spider-Man #20 when after being capture she went with her current costume look but more on that later.

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From Comic Book Resources, there is a new interview with Spider-Man Editor Nick Lowe about the upcoming Spider-Verse event and what is going for all of the Spider-Man books before they talk at SDCC. This part stuck out the most about why Black Cat is acting the way she is and her costume redesign.

Nick Lowe: Well, Dan [Slott] talked about it a little in the script, and Humberto [Ramos] sent in one design and it was awesome. It was a very easy process! But the big thing that Humberto did with the design that I loved was that Humberto made it so that the only white was her hair, and really dug into the black in the fur around her collar and elbows — and that cool belt/tail accessory. His redesign is, I think, so freaking cool.

Well, it was all story-based. She went through a big change, getting her secret identity outed and her life torn apart. We wanted something to reflect that, of course — but nothing’s sacred. I was on the X-Men books for a long time, and within that time we had three or four major whole group costume change. But for me, that’s half the fun of comics. It’s something Steve Wacker did great with Dan Slott before my time on the Spidey books. The amount of costumes they’ve had in the past couple years I’ve found astonishing, cool and just fun — especially for a character like Spidey. I love it in comics when someone’s costume changes, even if it’s just for a little while — trying something out and seeing how it goes. Plus, you get to see the rage and fire-up, then people missing it after it’s gone. It cracks me up.

Special thanks for CBR for the interview please check them out for some great sneak peeks at Superior Foes and Spider-Man 2099. But what are everyone’s thoughts on why Black Cat is acting the way she is?

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