Tag Archives: Lee/ Romita

The Surprising Influence of Lee/ Romita’s Second Issue

I recently started writing a series of biweekly columns for the Spider-Man Crawlspace website, covering Spider-Man history. The first was on the role of Amazing Spider-Man #40 in transforming Roger Stern and JM DeMatteis into Spider-Man fans. http://www.spidermancrawlspace.com/2015/09/01/tangled-webs-the-surprising-influence-of-lee-romitas-second-issue/

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John Romita Sr Spider-Man Image Gallery

To presumably no one’s surprise, I’ve come across interesting Spider-Man images by John Romita Sr. Many of these are probably from Brian Michael Bendis’s tumblr. Let’s start with Romita’s cover for the Spider-Man rock album.   Then there’s a Sandman commission. … Continue reading

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Spider-Man 102: Amazing Spider-Man 1-150

These lists are essentially the comic book version of the Western Canon split into smaller digestible chunks. So, if the Spider-Man 101 list is the reading list for an inaugural Fall course on the wallcrawler, this is one of the two … 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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Four Kinds of Spider-Man Artists

In a series about the future of a character who exists primarily in a visual medium, I’ve written very little about the art. But that’s obviously something that anyone in charge of the Spider-Man comics is going to have to … Continue reading

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Spider-Man’s Supporting Cast

Anyone in charge of the Spider-Man books is going to need a plan for the supporting cast. This is one category which has often been handled poorly. There have been some suggestions that the book should focus more on the supporting … Continue reading

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They Neutered Mary Jane

Priest, formerly the Spider-Man writer/ editor named James Owsley, described how Mary Jane had changed from the 1960s to the 2000s. My favorite line is bolded. I’m not sure where the misfire was on Mary Jane. MJ was a man-eater: a … Continue reading

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Spider-Man and Soap Operas

A related point to the claim that Spider-Man should not be like Archie is that the title should not be like a soap opera. It’s worth noting that when some detractors denigrate the “soap opera” aspects of the Spider-Man comics, they’re … Continue reading

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Spider-Archie

One of the complaints against the current Spider-Man comics was that Peter Parker was turned into Archie Andrews, a character incapable of change of growth or change. For these readers, there’s no middle ground between a commitment to change approach, … Continue reading

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Relying on the Supporting Cast

The last entry was about the argument that Peter Parker’s private life isn’t that important, because the book’s appeal is what he does as Spider-Man. A related suggestion is that because the book has such a great supporting cast, the … Continue reading

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