7905938918_8babe0205b_cSo what is going on in this picture? 

The inaugural Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con was a big success. It was a great show and had a large turnout. Saturday was sold out and the three day tickets were also sold out. That’s a great problem to have on your first show. The celebrities  were really receptive to the fans and there was a lot of cosplay. It seems the clones really came out to show their Crawlspace love. Check out these pics I snapped, I can’t wait for 2015.  

“You’re lost buddy. And you’re lost from your family, who needs you at the moment.”

Guest-starring Spider-Man, in a story I like to call “A Tale of Two Man-Boys. . .”

Fantastic Four (2014) #12 coverWRITER: James Robinson

PENCILS: Leonard Kirk

INKS: Karl Kesel

COLORS: Jesus Abertov

LETTERING: VC’s Clayton Cowles

COVER by Leonard Kirk and Jesus Abertov

ASSISTANT EDITOR: Emily Shaw

EDITOR: Mark Paniccia

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podcast341picGeorge and Brad take on a record number of books to review in this episode of Spider-Satellites. The books reviewed are
*Spider-Man 2099 # 4,5
*Guardians of the Galaxy # 19,20,21
*Superior Foes of Spider-Man # 16
*New Warriors # 9,10,11
*Miles Morales #5, 6
*All New Ultimates #8,9
*Edge of the Spider-Verse # 1-5
*Axis: Hobgoblin # 1
Fun tangents in the episode include why it’s not good to live alone with pets. Also lil John and Kenny Rogers also join the party. 

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Podcast # 340-ASM 7 & 8 Reviews
Podcast # 339-Ultimate Spider-Man Season 3 Cartoon Reviews
Podcast # 338- Spider-News
Podcast # 337- 2014 Spider-Jeopardy

detailThree for Three this week. Carnage roped himself yet another B- while new-comer, Spider-Woman earned herself a B+ 

So how did Flash fare this spider-packed week as the much hyped Planet Venom storyline kicks off? Pretty Schiti *ba dum ching*  

Guardians of the Galaxy #21: Planet Venom Part One (of Three)

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist: Valerio Schiti

Colorist: Jason Keith

Letterer: Cory Petit

Cover Artists: Nick Bradshaw & Justin Ponsor

Editors: Xander Jarowey & Mike Marts

Editor-In-Chief: Axel Alonso

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Those of you who are regular readers of our Spider-News segments and listeners to the Crawlspace Podcast are no doubt aware of a story in which there was research being done to replicate Spider-Man’s powers, including the ability to cling to and scale walls without the use of ropes. Some of you, I imagine, guffawed at what appeared to be futile attempts to mimic the Wall-Crawler, such as the United States Air Force buying from Utah State University what amounted to a $200,000 vacuum cleaner to wear on your back, or the years of research being conducted into making a fabric to replicate the skin and scales of geckos.

Well, for all you doubting Thomases out there who ridiculed and mocked the very idea that a person could ever scale a building like Peter Parker, I’ve got bad news for you.  Because thanks to one Elliot Hawkes and his team of mechanical engineers at Stanford University, SCIENCE! once again has the last laugh. Behold!

Of course, as you can see from watching the video, there are some noticeable drawbacks. For one thing, climbing up the side of building takes a considerable amount of time. Furthermore, as explained by Hawkes when interviewed by Popular Mechanics:

To work, the surface you’re climbing needs to be relatively smooth; like glass, varnished wood, polished stone, or metal,” Hawkes says, “but you can attach and detach with very little effort, and to make [the gloves] stick all you have to do is hang your weight.”

The other disadvantages are that the gloves will not work when wet, and the “adhesive material tends to accumulate dirt during use, reducing their effectiveness over time.” Nevertheless, according to Kellar Autumn, the bio-mechanical engineer at Oregon’s Lewis and Clark College which, if you remember from the previous story, had also been attempting to develop their own synthetic “Geckskin”:

“This is a really big deal. I’ve been dreaming about this for about 15 years, since we first discovered the mechanism that makes geckos stick to walls. And this is proof that we finally understood it well enough to make a person climb a building.”

Once again, it looks as if we’re moving one step closer to having the kinds of “super-powers” we only saw in the pages of our comic books. So long as it doesn’t rain while moving up an even surface, of course.

Source: Popular Mechanics

Carnage axis 2 coverCarnage’s path to become a hero starts here. Is it still a solid read or does this follow the Carnage minis before it and lose itself in trying to bring something new to the character? 

(What do people think of the AXIS logo? I like it, but I don’t know if I’m in the majority of minority here) 

Carnage AXIS Part Two (Of Three): Repentance

Writer: Rick Spears

Artist: German Peralta

Colorist: Rain Beredo

Letterer: Joe Sabino

Editors: Charles Beacham & Nick Lowe

Editor-In-Chief: Axel Alonso

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Spider-Man: The Animated Series. A recent cast reunion was held and here it is in its entirety. 

podcast340The Spider-Panel reviews:

*Amazing Spider-Man # 7
*Amazing Spider-Man #8

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Podcast # 339-Ultimate Spider-Man Season 3 Cartoon Reviews
Podcast # 338- Spider-News
Podcast # 337- 2014 Spider-Jeopardy

AmazingSpider-Man(2014)#10--cover“…fortunately for you all–I’m here!”

Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you; even though the cover is showing SpOck, the title is correct. But after you read Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #10, some you might come to the conclusion it should have been titled Superior Spider-Man #34 instead. Or perhaps, being this is the second part of “Spider-Verse” and thus involves more than one Spidey, perhaps Otto Octavious and His Superior Friends: Featuring The Amazing Spider-Man!

“Spider-Verse Part One: Superior Force”
WRITER: Dan Slott
PENCILER: Oliver Coipel
INKER: Wade Von Grawbadger
COLORS: Justin Ponsor
LETTERS: Chris Eliopoulos
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Ellie Pyle
EDITOR: Nick Lowe

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Spider-Verse kicks off into high gear…or does it? Has this web slinging menagerie finally started to swing, or is it still bogged down in verbose speeches about Spider Totems? 

 

“Spider-Verse Part One: Superior Force”
WRITER: Dan Slott
PENCILS: Oliver Coipel
COLORS: Justin Ponsor
INKS: Wade Von Grawbadger
LETTERS: Chris Eliopoulos

ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Ellie Pyle
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SW 1.CoverThe adjective-less Spider-Woman webs herself a new series today. Deeply imbedded in Spider-Verse, the issue focuses on two of the most poorly developed Spider-women: Jessica Drew and Cindy Moon. How is it?

Spider Woman: Spider-Verse Part One

Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Greg Land
Inker: Jay Leisten
Letterer: Travis Landham
Colorist: Frank D’Armata
Cover: Greg Land & Morry Hollowell
Editors: Charles Beacham & Nick Lowe
Editor-In-Chief: Axel Alonso

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SWSpideyIn news that is likely to make J.R. Fettinger’s heart burst with joy, Marvel has announced that they are bringing the original 1980’s Secret Wars action figures back into production.

From Marvel.com (which also has an image of the Hobgoblin figure):

At the time, the series was tied into the popular Secret Wars action figure collection from Mattel. Gentle Giant digitally scanned the original figures and reproduced them in 12” scale, with no detail being overlooked. Roto and injection molded and made of durable plastics, this fully-articulated jumbo figure includes a faithfully re-produced lenticular shield. To further capture the vintage feel, Gentle Giant has packaged this figure with a Secret Wars-inspired backer card featuring original photos and artwork.

Both Brad Douglas and myself have fond memories of this toy line, which even included heroes and villains that didn’t appear in the Secret Wars comic, such as Hobgoblin, Falcon, Daredevil and others.

They Black Suit Spidey is available for pre-order right now at the Gentle Giant site.

The downside? It’s $90. Hey True Believers, nostalgia isn’t cheap. Unfortunately that’s prohibitive to me picking any up but your mileage may vary. At the Marvel link above they have a promo code for $20 off.

–George Berryman!

4093615-anxmen2012032_dc11-page-001“You’re–you’re from that other earth. Where Peter Parker is still alive.”

Dimension hopping shenanigans means the All-New X-Men meet Miles Morales, the Ultimate Spider-Man!

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist: Mahmud Asrar

Colorist: Marte Gracia

Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit

Cover: Sara Pichelli & Marte Gracia

Assistant Editor: Xander Jarowey

Editor: Mike Marts

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With the end of Spider-Verse comes new comic book series…and new solicits for February of 2015.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14
DAN SLOTT (W) • OLIVIER COIPEL (A)
Cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
Variant Cover by GABRIELE Dell’Otto
VARIANT COVER BY PHIL NOTO
Marvel Animation Variant by JEFF WAMESTER
• THE CLIMACTIC CONCLUSION TO SPIDER-VERSE!
• The Prophecy is coming to fruition but Superior Spider-Man has something up his sleeve.
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #15
DAN SLOTT (W) • GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (A)
Cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
VARIANT COVER BY Simone Bianchi
• SPIDER-VERSE EPILOGUE
• See the fallout of Spider-Verse and what it means to Peter Parker and the rest of the Spiders!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

SPIDER-GWEN #1
JASON LATOUR (W) • ROBBIE RODRIGUEZ (A/C)
VARIANT COVER BY KRIS ANKA
YOUNG VARIANT BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
VARIANT COVER BY ADAM HUGHES
BLANK VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE
SPIDER-GWEN SPINS INTO HER OWN SERIES!
• BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT! The breakout hit of the biggest Spider-Event of the century is taking comic shops by storm this winter with her own new ongoing series – SPIDER-GWEN!
• Gwen Stacy is Spider-Woman, but you knew that already. What you DON’T know is what friends and foes are waiting for her in the aftermath of Spider-Verse!
• From the fan-favorite creative team that brought you Spider-Gwen’s origin story in EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE, Jason Latour and Robbie Rodriguez!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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Elizabethan SpideyPhotographer Sacha Goldberg has turned cosplay into a period piece and introduced 16th century Elizabethan versions of beloved heroes and villains, from Superman and Wonder Woman to Darth Vader and even Yoda.

And yes, Spidey was transformed as well.

Found this earlier today on The Mary Sue.

–George Berryman!

Spider-Dad--UKIndependentA kid getting a surprise visit from their favorite superhero on their birthday is rather special.  Even more special, however, when that same superhero turns be your dad.  Such was the case with 5-year old, Jayden Wilson, when “Spider-Man” landed on his front door step for what could very well be his last birthday party.

You see, Jayden was diagnosed in August 2013 with a Grade Four Brain Stem Tumor. A follow-up examination last September confirmed the tumor had grown in size, and the doctors told Jayden’s parents their son may only have a year left to live.

Thus Jayden’s father, Mike Wilson, a professional free jumper from Great Britain, decided to become his son’s favorite wall-crawling, web-slinging superhero for a day.  As quoted by the UK Independent:

I’ve always been a big Spider-Man fan myself, and Jayden also absolutely loves him. His bedroom is covered in Spider-Man pictures.

I wanted to surprise him so much with one of his favourite heroes, so I found 2 costume designers, who were up for the challenge. We had the costume printed in America and then got to work putting it together. It was finished about 3 weeks before Jayden’s birthday so perfect timing to work out how to surprise him.”

After claiming he had to “go to the shop,” Wilson then set-up a hidden camera on his front porch to record his son’s reaction. And as seen in Mike Wilson’s YouTube video posted below, Jayden was very surprised indeed:

Wilson also added:

I hope to achieve awareness about the condition and to always stay upbeat, positive and spread positive energy to help Jayden fight this.

He’s such a little hero and we want the world to know about his journey. As well as to see the Spider-Man video and generate inspiration from it, so that kids have dreams made realities.

Sources: UK Independent, NY Daily News, and The Huffington Post

070811_1_fullThis cracks me up. Add a funny caption to this picture. 

Podcast339picIn this podcast we review five episodes of season 3 of the Ultimate Spider-Man: Webbed Warriors cartoon. Those episodes include:
*Agent Venom
*Cloak and Dagger
*The Next Iron Spider
*The Vulture
*The Savage Spider-Man

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Podcast # 338- Spider-News
Podcast # 337- 2014 Spider-Jeopardy

spideymoneyHint: It’s Spider-Man. By a considerable margin. The Hollywood Reporter took a look at which heroes were the most bankable across the world. Their findings? Spidey brings in about 1.3 billion dollars in annual licensing revenue:

Much has been made of the arms race between Disney’s Marvel Studios and Warner Bros.’ DC Comics to create superhero movies through 2020. Less debated is a key financial underpinning of the war: Licensing revenue generates tens of billions of dollars for Hollywood companies, and DC needs a heroic effort to catch Marvel in licensing profits. 

On Oct. 15, Warners CEO Kevin Tsujihara said that if he can close the current gap by half, the studio could earn an additional $150 million a year in profits. How big is the gap? In May, License Global placed Disney first among licensors with sales of about $41 billion in 2013; Warners was seventh with $6 billion. Both have strong properties: The Licensing Letter listed Marvel’s Spider-Man global retail sales at $1.3 billion and Avengers at $325 million in 2013, compared with DC’s Batman at $494 million and Superman at $277 million.

“Marvel has a big head start,” says Ira Mayer, publisher of The Licensing Letter, adding, “It’s not that Warners can’t do it, but it is going to take a lot of time and money and energy to make it happen.”

At the end of the day, the superhero pulling in the most money worldwide is also known for struggling to pay his rent. Heh! Thanks to PunyParker for bringing it to my attention. Crawlspacer jpd13 also started a thread on the forums about it yesterday as well.

–George Berryman!

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“Sticking up for your friends is the right thing to do. So don’t make good manners a chore. Make ‘em a Hobby!”

Hobgoblin turned hero! The Original Hobgoblin (Roderick Kingsley) foils crime! Helpful Hobgoblin saves children! Hobgoblin Adventure comics on fifth printing! Hobgoblin “Become a Hero” seminars standing room only! Goblin Knight still a threat? Eh. . . who cares.

AXIS Hobgoblin #2 CoverWRITER: Kevin Shinick

ARTIST: Javier Rodriguez

INKER: Alvaro Lopez

COLORIST: Muntsa Vicente

LETTERING: VC’s Clayton Cowles

ARTISTS (pgs8&17): Will Sliney & Veronica Gandini

COVER by Javier Rodriguez

EDITOR: Ellie Pyle

SENIOR EDITOR: Nick Lowe

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Nope you aren’t seeing things, this was a dolphin sculpture used for the Wild Dolphins exhibit in Aberdeen Scotland this past summer. You can read about it at their website The Wild Dolphins of Aberdeen.

bbe71a89c821741b5a10e56667727249You can’t go wrong with a Spidey cupcake. 

7347118074_361a14986e_cSo what is going on in this picture? 

SVERSE2014001-DC11-382deBeing the title of the event, this issue must have far reaching consequences for the event. Well yes and no. Find out what I mean when we dissect the first issue of Spider-Verse #1.

“Enter The Spider-Verse”
WRITER: Dan Slott
PENCILS: Humberto Ramos
INKS: Victor Olazaba
COLORS: Edgar Delgado

“Spider Clan: The Many”
WRITER: Skottie Young
ARTIST: Jane Parker
COLORS: Andrew Crossley

“Steampunk Lady Spider”
WRITER: Robbie Thompson
ARTIST: Denis Medri
COLORS: Paolo Francescutto

“Penelope Parker”
WRITER: Katie Cook
ARTIST: Katie Cook
COLORS: Heather Breckel

LETTERER: VC’s Travis Lanham

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miles7“Hail Hydra.”

The hits literally and figuratively keep coming in this issue. Peter and Miles square off against Norman in what may be their final battle. With Aunt May, Gwen, MJ, and Maria Hill in attendance, will any of them get out of there alive?

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist: David Marquez

Color: Justin Ponsor

Lettering: VC’s Cory Petit

Cover Art: David Marquez with Justin Ponsor

Production: Irene Y. Lee

Assistant Editor: Emily Shaw

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podcast338picWe tackle the latest Spider-News in this episode. We also read itune reviews and say goodbye to Michael Bailey from the show. Here’s the topics  we discuss. 

*Is the Spider-Marriage back? 
*Sony is discussing making a female Spider-centric team up movie
*Is this the end of the Ultimate universe? 
*Silk and Spider-Gwen ongoing series
*Amazing Spider-Man newspaper strip to be reprinted
*Spider-powers coming to the real world? 
*Guinness world record with Spider-Men?
*JR hates Secret Wars, so we thought we’d get his opinion on Secret Wars 2015
*Gerry Conway returns to write a Spider-Man mini series
*Kids vote for Spider-Man over the president

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Trouble1Latino Review is reporting this morning that Sony is possibly eyeing Aunt May for her own solo Spider-flick. We kid you not.

Normally I’d roll my eyes and sigh at news like this as obvious clickbait. But Latino Review’s definitely not a clickbaity site for film news. Not by any means.

From their write-up:

Now, it’s my solemn duty to put another wild Sony thrashing Spider-Movie on the pile of rumored Spider-Man movies. I was told by the Latino Review editorial brain-trust that this is completely true: Sony is pursuing an Aunt May movie.

Yes, an Aunt May movie. A movie about Aunt May as a youth, before she was shouldered with the responsibility of raising Peter Parker. The target mood is some sort of espionage story in the vein of AMC’s Mad Men, which sounds like a way of saying “classier Agent Carter” without name-dropping Marvel’s upcoming series.

Oh don’t worry, True Believers. It gets worse. Latino Review wonders if there is ‘Trouble’ on the horizon.

Marvel, sorry for the name drop Sony, released a Mark Millar-penned romance mini-series in 2003 called Trouble that they thought would be the new origin of Spider-Man. It featured teenage versions of Aunt May, Uncle Ben, Richard and Mary Parker. Through a convoluted series of events, May gets teen-pregnant by Richard but gave up baby Peter to Mary who takes the secret of Peter’s true parentage to her grave.  

Spider-Man fans were not happy and the story didn’t sell too well, so that was the end of any attempts to focus on young Aunt May and thereby Spider-Man’s origin reverted back to not-being-the-child-of-Aunt-May.

Oh we all remember Trouble, don’t we? Mark Millar’s trainwreck of kindly forgotten Spider-Man non-history that became even more infamous than Spider-Man: Chapter One in its sheer awfulness.

Latino Review continues, including doubling down on the story about Sony’s current Spider-direction:

It seems odd that Sony would give this a try as a way to reboot Spider-Man like Trouble attempted, but using Aunt May as a Agent Peggy Carter replacement character might not have the emotional resonance that Carter has. I’d imagine it’s hard enough to make a successful period, female-lead, espionage thriller regardless of the main character’s future interactions with superheroes. I can’t imagine why Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, keepers of the Spider-Franchise, think that this is easier than Amazing Spider-Man 3. They’d be the two in charge of this endeavor and it seems unnecessary at best and disastrous at worst.

But that’s what we hear is really happening: Aunt May movie.

Keep in mind there’s not much by way of specifics where Trouble is concerned. That part seems to be speculation. So take it with a huge grain of salt and consider that Sony is (as was earlier suggested in the Latino Review write-up) possibly leaning more towards aping the upcoming Agent Carter.

And here’s some more good news, Crawlspacers. I highly doubt most of what Sony wants to do with Spider-Man, or ‘Glass Ceiling’ or a young Aunt May solo flick will ever see the light of day. They are grasping at straws. A once proud franchise is now reduced to a room full of executives that seem to be trying to out dumb one another. They’ve got a messy rebooted Spider-Man on their hands and they are desperately trying to find ways to turn it into a cinematic universe. But there’s only so much blood you can squeeze from a stone.

What else could this be? Well maybe it’s Sony taking a page from Marvel publishing’s playbook and just trolling fans for the Hell of it. Stay tuned!

–George Berryman!

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