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When Mark Millar Pitched A Shocker Mini-Series

There was an interesting tidbit in Mark Millar’s interview with the Let’s Talk Comics podcast. When Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palimotti were launching the Marvel Knights books, Millar pitched a mini-series with B-list Spider-Man villain Shocker. I pitched them a Shocker … Continue reading

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Multiple Villains and Spider-Man Movies

There used to be the argument that the best superhero films (excluding team series like X-Men) were those with one villain. Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Spider-Man 2 were pretty good. Spider-Man 3, Daredevil, the Burton produced Batman sequels, Superman … Continue reading

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Temporary Changes In Ongoing Serials

Here’s another question which presupposes that the Superior Spider-Man era will be temporary: Is it a good idea to shake up the status quo for a little while? One concern is that a new temporary direction for the series could … Continue reading

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Wizard’s How to Fix Spider-Man Circa 1997

The other Wizard article on Spider-Man that probably influenced my take on the character  was their take on Spider-Man from 1997.           Wizard continued their affair with Roger Stern’s Amazing Spider-Man, including seven panels from the … Continue reading

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Sympathetic Villains in Serial Fiction

Some of the best villains are quite sympathetic. Khan had legitimate grievances in Star Trek II. Mrs. Danvers from Rebecca mourned her former boss. Frankenstein’s monster wasn’t the one who initiated the violence. Gollum was driven insane by the ring. Hans … Continue reading

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The Infinite Doctor Octopus

While I’m fairly convinced that the Superior Spider-Man thing will be temporary, “Dying Wish” is likely to define Doctor Octopus for some time to come. So what does it mean for one of Spider-Man’s biggest villains? It’s a tad ironic … 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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Doctor Octopus: A History Lesson

For the last decade or so, it’s generally been agreed that the big three Spider-Man villains are Venom, Doctor Octopus and Norman Osborn. Doc Ock was the first to be introduced way back in Amazing Spider-Man #3. He’s had the most … Continue reading

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Venom and Carnage, A History Lesson

It’s worth looking at the histories of Venom and Carnage, as it’s something that writers and editors can learn from. It  provides a model of how the company responded to two breakout villains, the mistakes they made and the things … Continue reading

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The Infinite Venom

When deciding the ideal direction of the Spider-Man titles, there isn’t much of a point to making declarations about most of the villains. I’d rather Doctor Octopus not be killed off, but it ultimately doesn’t matter. He’s replaceable, as are … Continue reading

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