Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Golden Age of Spider-Man

I was always aware that there were some Spider‑Man creators who thought that the marriage was a bad idea, namely Kurt Busiek, Mark Waid and Roger Stern. However, I remained convinced that undoing the marriage by divorcing the couple or killing Mary … Continue reading

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Four years ago, many Republicans argued that Barack Obama, as a fourth-year Senator, was not qualified to be President. Now Democrats are making similar claims about Mitt Romney, who was elected to his one term in elected office a decade … Continue reading

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Twenty years of the Spider-Marriage

The reverse of the argument that Spider-Man’s marriage didn’t matter is the claim that it had become ingrained as a core part of the series, and represented something that can’t be changed without doing great harm to the franchise. Fans … Continue reading

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What did it matter if Spider-Man was married?

There’s much more to the direction of Amazing Spider-Man than the protagonist’s marital status, but this one element of the character’s status quo is often discussed. And that leads to the question of why Peter and Mary Jane’s matrimony mattered so much … Continue reading

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Dissatisfaction in 2006

A year or so before “One More Day” was supposed to ship, I became convinced that something major should be done with the Spider‑Man comics. The biggest problem was that I was looking forward to the Batman and Superman books … Continue reading

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The Infinite Spider-Man

Spider-Man rocks. At least five comic books constitute additions to the Western Canon: Watchmen, Calvin & Hobbes, Peanuts, Maus and Amazing Fantasy #15, if not the first 67 or so issues of Amazing Spider-Man as well. As this essay touches on the appeal of the character and the series, … Continue reading

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Women and Tall Hall Debates

Tonight’s presidential debate will be in a town hall format, moderated by CNN’s Candy Crowley. Mark Halperin described for Time how Crowley made both President Obama and Governor Romney nervous. In a rare example of political unity, both the Romney and … Continue reading

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Why Comic Book Editors Don’t Accept Unsolicited Pitches

A few comic book fans seem to think that nothing would please an editor or writer more than hearing their ideas for a franchise. Some of the fans hope for a job. Two anecdotes illustrate why this isn’t likely to … Continue reading

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So, the Romney- Obama debate

The consensus is that Romney did rather well at his first presidential debate against Obama. For the last few days, I haven’t heard any Republicans complaining about how it would have been better had they just nominated anyone else. There … Continue reading

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Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D.

As part of his exclusive contract with Marvel films, Joss Whedon will oversee a television series following agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. set in the Avengers movie universe. That’s going to be an interesting development. By the end of the first season, … Continue reading

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