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This was the panel from Amazing Spider-Man #121. And this is the one I’m used to. In the original comic, the script called for the Washington Bridge, but artist Gil Kane drew the Brooklyn Bridge. When the text was corrected, … Continue reading

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Major Spider-Man Moments That Happened in Other Marvel Books First

For the Crawlspace, I recently wrote a piece on major events from the Spider-Man comics that happened in other Marvel titles first. This included the Aunt May and Uncle Ben who appeared in Strange Tales, the JM Dematteis Captain America … Continue reading

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What Amazing Spider-Man 2 Skipped

Spoiler Warning: This post is going to deal mainly with the ending of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. So proceed at your own risk. In the comics, Gwen Stacy is famous for being the first love of Peter Parker’s life, and … Continue reading

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Wizard’s Top Ten Spider-Man Stories Circa 1998

In 1998, Wizard published a special one-shot devoted to Spider-Man. I probably read it more than most Spider-Man comics. The highlight may have been a top ten list by Andrew Kardan. I don’t agree with it completely, but each of … Continue reading

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Spider-Man 101: Introduction to the Wall-Crawler

The first strategy is to recommend a stretch of issues, perhaps a complete creative run. There may be some questions about the backstory, but it will be much easier to follow transitions issue by issue, rather than trying to figure out … Continue reading

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The Infinite Norman Osborn

Norman Osborn is unusual as a comic book archenemy, because he essentially disappeared from the series for 25 years, killed off in Amazing Spider-Man #122, after doing the nastiest thing any major comic book villain has ever done to their … Continue reading

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The Goblins: A History Lesson

The last of the big three Spider-Man villains is the Green Goblin, although his reputation has changed over the years. The Green Goblin started out as a mystery villain, arguably the best in comics. When his identity was revealed, the answer was … Continue reading

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Resurrecting Gwendy and Other Bad Ideas

One More Day was the second time Marvel came close to resurrecting Gwen Stacy. As Rich Johnston noted, back when he was writing about comics gossip in his All the Rage bulletin, John Byrne and Howard Mackie had a similar idea. … Continue reading

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Kraven the Hunter as Amazing Spider-Man’s Next Big Bad

Kraven the Hunter has become a top-tier Spider-Man villain due primarily to the strength of one story in the comics. But his arc could easily be incorporated into 2-3 films, along with a few other villains. This would be a … Continue reading

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Douglas Wolk on Spider-Man

In his book Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean, comics critic Douglas Wolk made some interesting observations about one of my favorite Spider-Man stories, and the character’s appeal. Curiously, though, even some great characters’ creators sometimes … Continue reading

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