Tag Archives: Tom Defalco

Spider-Man 103: Later Peter Parker

You could split the Spider-Man comics into four eras, many of which can be subdivided into later categories. The Silver Age, covered in the Spider-Man 102 reading list, included the runs of Stan Lee and Gerry Conway from Amazing Fantasy … Continue reading

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What comes after Superior Spider-Man?

Whenever a major comic book character is killed off, it is not uncommon for there to be several escape doors. In some cases, the writer leaves those for their successors. In other cases, the writer plans to use it himself. … 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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Writers and Villains

It’s worth looking at the many different ways top Spider-Man writers have handled the villains. Stan Lee co-created most of the major Spider-Man bad guys, who generally had mundane motivations, such as making money and becoming New York City’s top … 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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Youth VS Power and Responsibility

One disagreement over the Spider-Man series deals with the hero’s perceived youth, and the degree to which it defines the series. Some detractors have claimed that since One More Day, the character has become a man-child. A few years ago, Tom Brevoort, then-Executive … Continue reading

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