With costumed character crime in Times Square approaching epidemic levels, the New York Police Department has called upon Disney Marvel to step up and do something about it. As New York’s Finest work extra shifts in a futile effort to quell the sectarian violence between costumed characters and naked people, Police Commissioner Ben Bratton made an urgent plea to Disney Marvel.
New York’s police chief is asking Disney and Marvel to crack down on the costumed hustlers of Times Square, but the companies aren’t responding.
Times Square is populated by a variety of rogue characters plying tourists for money. Some of these characters, like Minnie Mouse and Spider Man, are trademarks of Disney or Marvel.
The NYPD confirmed to CNNMoney that Commissioner Bill Bratton asked Disney and Marvel to sue for copyright infringement. But according to the NYPD, the companies aren’t biting.
Disney and Marvel did not respond to emails from CNNMoney.
Times Square has a long history of sordid behavior up until the 1990s, when it was overrun by peep shows, prostitutes and street corner crack dealers. But former Mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg swept away much of the crime and turned it into a pedestrian haven for tourists and corporations like Toys R Us and Olive Garden.
More recently, Times Square has become the haunt of costumed characters and topless women who get their pictures taken with tourists for tips.
But it started to go sour in 2013, when Cookie Monster got arrested for allegedly knocking over a toddler when his mother supposedly refused to pay.
There’s been a series of incidents and arrests since then, including accusations of groping by another Coookie Monster, and also Woody from “Toy Story”
Spider Man was arrested in 2014 for allegedly demanding tips in an aggressive manner. Earlier this year, a Youtube video went viral of another Spider Man locked in a brawl with a heckler right in front of Toys R Us.
Secret Wars has been going for a few months now, but Jess has been running away from all things Avengers, so it makes sense it took her book a little time to catch up. How are Jessica Drew’s last days? Find out here.
Welcome to the first post in Cobwebs. Since cobwebs are the history of where a spider has been, this is what we are calling our exploration into Spider-Man’s past. Thanks to T. Rob Brown for that suggestion.
The cover release for the All New All Different Amazing Spider-Man # 1 has a lot of people speculating on pretty much every aspect of what is crammed into it. There is a suave and dashing Peter Parker, glowing green arm pit webs, and curiously a Spider-Mobile racing across the side of a building. The car is a design by artist Giuseppe Camuncoli and, to many new readers, may seem like a totally new idea. However, since you are a Crawlspace reader, you are most likely a savvy and clever person and have at this point deducted that since this post is about the Spider-Past, it falls under the saying, “there is nothing new under the sun.”
Get ready for some Merry Marvel Mayhem and be prepared to learn that the good old days were not always so good.
Well, our sources tell us that Marisa Tomei will indeed be seen as Aunt May first in Captain America: Civil War as she secretly shot her scenes before production wrapped. Last week furniture props of Peter Parker’s bedroom were revealed by a Atlanta TV station. I would bet that Aunt May was in that bedroom scene with Peter Parker.
For out-of-context giggles, we’ll repeat the last line:
I would bet that Aunt May was in that bedroom scene with Peter Parker.
Anyway, as always, take this with a big grain of salt. Nothing is confirmed!
Mayor Bill de Blasio is considering eliminating the costumed performers at Times Square in New York. Mashable interviewed a Spider-Man and he think the Mayor should just eliminate the topless performers. It’s a fun little video and is big. Check it out after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »
Back in 1994 the Spider-Man Newspaper strip did a cross promotion with a marvel comic. Spidey and the Beast took on the Hobgoblin. A mini series was created called the Mutant Agenda. Kids were encouraged to buy the paper from December 6, 1993 to February 26, 1994. They could clip out the strips and glue them them into a special zero issue. I was one of those kids. Here’s an ad promoting the event.
Here are the Spider-Man comics coming out in November 2015. I’m going to add a bit of commentary to these solicits.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3 DAN SLOTT (W) • GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (A) Cover by ALEX ROSS Variant Cover BY GABRIELE DELL’OTTO • More of Spider-Man’s post-Secret Wars world revealed! • Visit Parker Industries New York Headquarters, the building formerly known as the Baxter Building! The Human Torch is going to have something to say about that! 32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
BD Commentary: It’s always fun to see Spidey and the Human Torch team up, and we know Dan Slott writes them together very well. I’m still not digging the giant lite brite Spider symbol, but the two covers look great. Read the rest of this entry »
The roller coaster that is Renew Your Vows is gearing up to its biggest thrill, but does it have enough steam to reach the top?
WRITER: Dan Slott ARTIST: Adam Kubert& Scott Hanna COLORIST: Justin Ponsor LETTERER: VC’s Joe Caramagna COVER ARTISTS: Adam Kubert and Justin Ponsor ASSISTANT EDITOR: Devin Lewis EDITOR: Nick LoweRead the rest of this entry »
Podcast panelist, former ASM reviewer and all around swell guy “Spectacular Mike” McNulty, aka Stillanerd, celebrates a birthday today!
I’m terrible with remembering numbers but I think he’s either 39 or the big 4-0 today. While he’s not on the main page anymore since he departed to work at WhateverASpiderCan.com, we’re still lucky enough to have him on the podcast and we wish him nothin’ but the hap-hap-happiest of birthdays!
After a stellar first issue that left Agent Venom and his supernatural allies in a bit of a bind, the creative team hit a couple of bumps in their sophomore issue. Is this comic still a howl of a good time or does it suck?
Spider Island #2: You Say You Want Evolution
Writer: Christos Gage Artist: Paco Diaz Colorist: Frank D’Aramata Letterer: Travis Lanham Editors: Devin Lewis & Nick Lowe Editor-In-Chief: Axel Alonso
Mayday Parker: Spider-Woman in: Avengers At The Gate
Storytellers: Ron Franz & Tom DeFalco Finished Art: Sal Buscema Colors: Andrew Crossley Letters: Travis Lanham Editor: Nick Lowe
Hopping in to my first review, I jump straight into the middle Marvel’s annual kidnapping of the major solo titles for the summer event. Normally I can’t stand these tie-ins but wait……is that Boomerang?
With great power comes great questions about Peter Parker’s faith, prompted by the undead marching around Harlem?
Apparently so, given the announcement of a new Amazing Spider-Man comic book series written by Jose Molina, part of the writing team behind ABC’s Agent Carter, to launch in November.
Molina told ComicBook.com that the series doesn’t just bring zombies to Harlem, but also re-introduces an obscure group of superheroes called the Santerians, created by Marvel CCO Joe Quesada — a group which will push Peter into areas fans might not expect from a Spider-Man story.
“The Santerians are attached to issues of religion and faith,” he explained. “I wanted to have them bring questions of faith into Spider-Man’s world and force him to grapple with ideas he hasn’t often wrestled with in the books… Peter Parker is a scientist by nature, but what if he finds that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in his philosophy?”
Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 4) #1.1 lands in November.
According to CBR, Peter Parker is moving into the Fantastic Four’s old base. Since the FF are now in hiding following this summer’s cinematic Fox bomb, the Baxter Building’s apparently not being used. So Spidey decides to put it to good use.
In “Amazing Spider-Man” #3 by Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli, Parker Industries has a new New York headquarters: The former Baxter Building, the longtime home base of the Fantastic Four. That raises even further questions bout the Fantastic Four’s status post-“Secret Wars,” along with the Thing in “Guardians of the Galaxy” and Human Torch in “Uncanny Inhumans.” And speaking of the Torch: He’s set to guest star in this issue, apparently not happy with Spidey setting up shop in his former dwellings.
Because nothing says “struggling everyman” like owning a global company and taking over a famous building in New York! But it’s still good to know that the Human Torch gets over being “the sun.” Heh. Other things we’ve learned? Spidey still has the weird glowing chest symbole & webpits.
Either way, we’ll know more when Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 4) #3 rolls our way in November.
—George “I’ve Hit Critical Mass On Cynicism Before 9 AM” Berryman!
Thank you to everyone that sent in submissions for the Amazing Spider-Man review job and the Spider-Historian position. I got two Spider-Historian submissions that I really liked so I picked them both. They’ll be alternating each week to bring you a Spider-history article. We’re not going to call it Spider-History,that’s JR’s segment. We’re looking for suggestions. Feel free to post them in the comment section. Here’s who we picked.
*Justin Parris will be reviewing the bi-weekly Amazing Spider-Man title. *Thomas Mets will be our bi-weekly Spider-Historian writer *Mark Alford will be our other bi-weekly Spider-Historian writer.
Collectors #3 is coming and I need your letters!!! What’s a letters page without letters? Well, it’s not much of a letters page, is it? Send me your thoughts, praise, questions or snark and get it published in the the third Collectors collection! Time is short, so don’t wait! Send those letters to me at email@example.com today!
One of my favorite reporters is Steve Hartman with CBS Evening News. He recently did a story about a little boy that lost both of his parents. He has made it his mission to go around and make people smile. He’s obviously a Spider-Man fan. Spidey toys are all over his room and he’s even wearing Spider-Man gloves. Check out this heartwarming story.
Former Spider-Man Andrew Garfield has some nice things to say about the Spidey Tom Holland. Say what you will about the Amazing movies, Garfield is a class act. The video auto plays so watch it after clicking this link. Read the rest of this entry »
How you would you like to find a giant egg in your backyard filled with Spider-Man toys? That was the case with young Ryan. His mom lets him keep one toy and donates the rest to local charities. It’s a very fun video, check it out.
The end of a series that will infuriate future collectors attempting to locate Amazing Spider-Man #20 is finally here. Does it live up to Conway’s stories of years past, or does it all amount to a resounding sigh throughout fandom. Read on and find out.
WRITER: Gerry Conway PENCILER: Carlo Barberi INKER: Juan Vlasco COLORS: Israel Silva LETTERER: VC’s Joe Caramagna COVER ARTIST: Yasmine Putri ASSISTANT EDITOR: Devin Lewis EDITOR: Nick LoweRead the rest of this entry »