It appears Amazing Spider-Man artist, Humberto Ramos, might have revealed the outcome of the upcoming Spider-Man crossover event, “Spider-Verse”…or perhaps Rich Johnson of Bleeding Cool mistranslated what he actually said. That appears to be latest controversy centered around the comic book rumor website involving yet another employee of Marvel.
It began with Ramos appearing on Los Forasteros, a weekly Spanish-language comic book podcast of which the artist is a panelist. During the course of the program, most of which was devoted to discussing Gerado Sandoval becoming the regular artist for Marvel’s upcoming Guardians 3000, Ramos made mention of what was happening in Spider-Verse. And here’s where things get a little lost in translation.
According to Bleeding Cool, Ramos supposedly revealed the outcome of the event. As according to their article posted yesterday, Friday, October 2, 2014:
Humberto stated that people will be again angry with Spider-Man writer Dan Slott at the end of the current storyline, Spider-Verse. Not because he’ll have someone else take over Peter Parker’s mind again, but that the real Spider-Man will be lost in another reality.
And in the Marvel Universe? His role in New York, and in the comic, will be replaced for months by the Spider-Gwen Stacy from Edge Of Spider-Verse.
Needless to say, this would be a potential bombshell for Spider-Man fans if true. But not so fast, says the host of Los Forasteros, Luis Gantús. In an official statement to Bleeding Cool, Gantús made the following response:
“The content posted in your Bleeding Cool article is taken ridiculously out of context, and any Spanish-speaking person can easily notice it. The problem lies with an Anglosphere native editorial staff who has taken at face value the erroneous information… and he will make it clear that any of the spoilers you published is an speculation by Bleeding Cool since they weren’t mentioned by him at all in the broadcast. All he said was Spidey fans will probably complain about what is to come.
Gantús also took objection the way Bleeding Cool reported how Sandoval came to work for Marvel, specifically over comments about how Ramos supposedly introduced Sandoval to DC Group Editor, Eddie Berganza, and what Bleeding Cool interpreted as rather despairing remarks towards him.
“Everyone at Los Forasteros is an active comic book creator, yet only Humberto has a contract with Marvel, that should tell you something about how Humberto is not in any way the “pimp” of Mexican people who break into the American market.
“We don’t know who your source was for the article, but we believe this report was made in bad faith and animosity towards Ramos and the people in the show. We want nothing but the best for all comic book artists and publishers who we know work hard to give the consumers the stories they deserve, an we hope and invite the Bleeding Cool editorial to check with us, and double-check the facts in the future.
After the original article was posted, Ramos issued the following statement on his Facebook page:
It is hard to make a name in this industry, but harder is to find good friends in it. Now imagine the anger and frustration you feel when “an exclusive” note threatens a long time friendship. Let me be clear, Eddie Berganza is not only a great editor but a good friend, the malicious note written by @bleedingcool of the things I said on my radio show @los_forasteros, were taken out of context, endangering that long time friendship, but with a little luck it won’t succeed. This is how I see it, when you have good and close friends you let yourself go a bit with the way you talk to them. But some people don’t get it and above of it they manipulate this information, taking it out of context and and presenting “their” version to their followers and creating a problem where there wasn’t, but still…
Eddie, If my words offended you, your work or your reputation I’m sorry carnal, I love you pinche guatemalteco.
Also I want to apologize to both @marvel and @dccomics for involuntary involving them in this high school style gossip, and let me be clear on this issue THERE IS NOTHING I RESPECT MORE THAN MY JOB, SO THERE IS NOTHING I RESPECT MORE THAN BOTH COMPANIES and to them I also apologize for any embarrassment I brought on to you and the talent and editorial staff whom i might offended because of this.
And for bleeding cool, I’ve always tried to be helpful with you everytime you’ve contacted me but in the future spare me to be unpolite to you, don’t contact me again.
Sandoval also responded to the Bleeding Cool article with a statement of his own:
“Humberto Ramos’ answer in the face of such silliness denotes how Bleeding Cool’s article was very defamatory, and done in an irresponsible manner. It is filled with lies about what ensued in my visi to Los Forasteros show, making it look as if Ramos was responsible for my job at Marvel, and also like he was attacking Eddie Berganza, DC Comics editor and a beloved friend of all of us…
…In the Forasteros episode in question, Humberto never pronounced the words assumed in the article by Bleeding Cool about an invitation to break into Marvel. No Spider-Man spoilers of future plans for the series was mentioned.
The content of the transmission was badly translated and sent to the Bleeding Cool editors. And it hurts their reputation to not verify their information. Whoever sent this report was looking to inconvenience all of us, including you. Bleeding Cool’s guys.”
You can read the Bleeding Cool article, which has been edited since it’s original posting, and (if your Spanish is up-to-date) watch and listen to the actual Los Forasteros episode in question below and come to your own conclusions.