5BC: 5 Most Unlikely and Unprecedented Crossovers

These days, the concept of a crossover between two different fictional characters has become so entrenched in popular culture that it's difficult to come across a pairing that is truly noteworthy. In a world in which everybody is exploring a Multiverse, it seems strange to think that there was a time when the idea that … Continue reading 5BC: 5 Most Unlikely and Unprecedented Crossovers

The First Spider-Man Parody

The Marvel revolution of the early Silver Age took those toiling in the field entirely by surprise. That's entirely due to the fact that, prior to 1961, Martin Goodman's publishing enterprise, whether it was known as Timely or Atlas or Marvel had been producers of enormous amounts of shlock. Goodman's professed publishing strategy was to … Continue reading The First Spider-Man Parody

The First Marvel Spider Man Story

Well, not really. But that hasn't stopped some dealers from selling this issue as a "prototype" to Marvel's more famous web-slinger. And because of that, there's a bit more interest in this one throw-away one-off fantasy story than pretty much anything else that was put out by Marvel (known as Atlas) that month. So all … Continue reading The First Marvel Spider Man Story

BHOC: PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #12

This was another recent back issue that I picked up as part of a plastic-encased 3-Bag in some department store or toy store. For its first year or two, PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN was a title that seemed to drift aimlessly. It felt more akin to MARVEL TEAM-UP, running stories involving Spider-Man that didn't … Continue reading BHOC: PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #12

BHOC: MARVEL TEAM-UP #63

This was another comic book that I bought in a 3-Bag bundle from a department store or a toy store. The new creative team on MARVEL TEAM-UP, Chris Claremont and John Byrne, had first worked together on IRON FIST, the recently-cancelled martial arts super hero series. Before it went away, they had begun a subplot … Continue reading BHOC: MARVEL TEAM-UP #63

BHOC: PETER PARKER, SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #21

It was business as usual back at my 7-11's spinner rack that Thursday, the day when new comic books would be put out for the week. Having jumped aboard the Spider-Man train, I picked up this issue of PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN. SPEC SPIDEY was decidedly the second tier Spider-Man title for virtually all … Continue reading BHOC: PETER PARKER, SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #21

Giving More Notes on the Spider-Man Movie

As I talked about some months back, both longtime Marvel editor Ralph Macchio and I were enlisted as unofficial consultants by producer Avi Arad when he was first attempting to get a big budget live action Spider-Man movie off the ground. This amounted to us meeting irregularly to have conversations to talk about the character … Continue reading Giving More Notes on the Spider-Man Movie

Blah Blah Blog – Spidey Answers 6

Another post from my old Marvel blog, this one another in a series in which I answered questions from the readers about the Thrice Monthly AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and related topics. Spidey Answers pt. 6 October 17, 2008 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General It may never end! More answers to your questions … Continue reading Blah Blah Blog – Spidey Answers 6

The Outline for SUPERMAN VS THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

While it's perhaps lost its uniqueness a little bit given the sheer number of latter day crossovers between characters originating at different companies (and in some cases, in different forms of media) it would he difficult to understate the significance of SUPERMAN VS THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. For those who were there when it came out, … Continue reading The Outline for SUPERMAN VS THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

Forgotten Masterpiece: EL SORPRENDENTE HOMBRE ARANA #165

I came across another stash of these Mexican issues of LA SORPRENDENTE HOMBRE ARANA that were published in the early 1970s, many of which contained new never-translated stories created exclusively for the Spanish-speaking marketplace by local talent, so popular was Spider-Man in those regions at the time that it had exhausted the supply of American … Continue reading Forgotten Masterpiece: EL SORPRENDENTE HOMBRE ARANA #165