Our Amazing Spider-Man Spectacular begins here, True Believers! We've got good jumping-on points, what we like about ol' webhead, and weird one-off stories (like that time Peter Parker made his own detergent). Todd Nauck, Stan Lee, Dan Slott, and Howard Mackie guest in Part 1 of 2!
- IDW Publishing: Jump into Super Secret Crisis War, a Cartoon Network Universe mega-crossover by Louise Simonson (seven-year-old safe!), or the soon-ending-and-awesome Ghostbusters written by Erik Burnham!
- A Todd Nauck panel interview was excerpted on our Dallas Comic-Con Special, and he joins us as a panelist this time to discuss his love of the character, drawing the famous "Obama-Spidey Team-Up", and much more. He's currently drawing Nightcrawler with emerging writer Chris Claremont.
- Co-host John Gholson is truly the voice of reason "Penfold" to Moisés' "Danger Mouse". He's been killing it of late with movie reviews in comic strip form.
- Stan Lee is called Stan "The Man" Lee for a reason. The pull Lee/Slott panel Q&A audio will be available in the Artist Edition feed (and the "all-in-one" Giant Size Channel feed) after "part 2" drops.
- Dan Slott has brought us Big Time, Spider Island, the Superior Spider-Man, and loads more great Spidey stories over the years. We do a deep-dive on his work in particular in part 2.
- Howard Mackie edited and wrote loads of great comics for Marvel in the 90's, including the infamous Clone Saga. He collaborated with Todd and others to "do-it--over" in its original, intended form as The Real Clone Saga in 2009. The full audio of his interview includes discussion of NewUniverse, Mutant X, and much more. Look for it soon in the Artist Edition feed (and the "all-in-one" Giant Size Channel feed).
SHOW NOTES and LINKS
- Mego toys somehow beat Marvel and DC to trademarking "super hero" years ago. A legal threat saw Mego relinquish it to new co-owners...Marvel and DC.
- The Electric Company
- Peter washed his costume in Amazing Spider-Man (hereafter "ASM") #213. It didn't go well.
- Take it from Dan Slott, Amazing Fantasy #15 is where it all began, a great place to start, and it's so good they keep re-using it every three weeks or so in the movies.
- John dug ASM #124, "Mark of the Man-Wolf".
- The late-80's-into-the-90's "Todd McFarlane run" that it seems all of us of an age were hooked on began in ASM #298, with writer David Michelinie. The also-amazing Erik Larsen (a huge hero of John's) started alternating issues with McFarlane on ASM #324, taking all the way over on art with ASM# 327, which has a sort-of hilarious cover wherein Spider-Man's fist is shining with...righteousness?
- Todd's holy grail that he collects literally hundreds of copies of at a time (maybe some fuzzy math here) is Web of Spider-Man Annual #2, with gorgeous art from the truly one and only Arthur "Art" Adams.
- Todd also discovered comics like Ninja High School and Grey on spinner racks scattered across Texas as a kid. "Spinner racks" are a form of discovery that truly has no "digital" analogue.
- "The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man" in ASM #248 makes Moisés cry every time he reads it.
- The much-beloved, ongoing Hobgoblin story in the 80's began with the character's debut in ASM #238, and had its fair share of controversy associated with it due to loads of intra-office "creative differences", which led to the "true identity" of the Hobgoblin being a bit messy at best for a while. Look it up after you read it.
- "Spider-Man No More" happened in ASM #50, and has been re-done both inside and outside Spider-Man stories so much that now it's a whole "superhero thing" to do. "That's it, I'm quitting and never gonna do this again, nyah!", until The Great Return of Hero X issues later...
- The Sinister Syndicate characters seen in ASM #280 & 281, another John pick, are (most of) the present-day villains that populate a book John and Moisés can never promote enough: Superior Foes of Spider-Man.
- ASM #266 features the greatest two-amphibian combination ever: Frog-Man and Toad!
- Marvel Team-Up #25 by Robert Kirkman.
- Spider-Man's Tangled Web ran from 2001-2003, and was an all-star anthology chock full of A-list talent.
- Todd Nauck drew the 5-page "Barack Obama" backup in ASM #583.