"After Gerry used him in the first few issues of Spectacular Spider-Man, Tarantula appeared in an issue of Captain America not long after and then wasn't used again until Roger Stern brought him back in 1982 in ASM 233. Stern made it clear…"
"A few late thoughts on ASM 134 & 135:
- The Tarantula is not very interesting. Aside from the spiky boots, he has no powers, so he should not give Spidey much trouble. Certainly not as much as he gave Spidey in this story.
"I thought the Giant Sized issue with Dracula was ok. I think it was a good idea not to have Spidey and Drac interact and that Peter having a chance encounter with him instead worked fine. I don't think think having the doctor turn…"
"I don't own it either :)
I don't know why I didn't remember it last night but Marvel doesn't own the Doc Savage rights and hasn't for a very long time. DC's first Doc series was in 1987! And when DC printed…"
"Was anyone else surprised that Marvel reprinted this issue in Essential ASM in 2004, given that up until recently Shang-Chi reprints were practically unheard of?
The next issue with Doc Savage has never been reprinted to the best of my…"
"I found this rather enjoyable. Sure, it's got the cliche of the misunderstanding fight, but I think it works here. Fu Manchu is a master manipulator, so to have him plan it out that both Spidey and Shang-Chi think the other is a…"
"Richard, I feel the same way you do about Giant-Size Super-Heroes #1 - it doesn't quite work. I wonder if a two part story meant for the regular ASM title was crunched into this 24 page story, or conversely, an 18 page done-in-one got…"
"I think the movement of Kirby's art in that direction may have been played down for a period by the inkers, to the art's benefit. Joe Sinnott supplied a slick finish; Vince Colletta Colletta-ised his shadows and…"
"It was rather amazing how fast KIrby could draw a story, and usually very well, although IMO his artwork looked much better in the mid-60s when the number of pages he was drawing each month was reduced. His style did take a turn for the…"
"One of the many comics that disappeared from my collection over 30 years ago so I couldn't check it to see if there was a reason given. I just remember his Iron Man looked odd, not like how he looked in early Avengers issues. Kirby was…"
"I'd say the oddest was the grating (a cooling system?) he briefly had on his back. Seems like it would be easy to break into his suit through that, even just using a hose to short circuit him. Only time I saw it was in the Suspense/Astonish…"
"The Code was a problem in many ways. OTOH, without the Code the comics would have all disappeared because of the perception of the public and the retailers that they were all bad. If no retailers would carry them they would have ceased to exist.
I may be out of line here but in regards with your exchange with Mark, we both know how he feels about Marvel now. We've both know that his opinion has not and probably will not change though I hope it does. Despite previous advice, I have no doubt that he will continue to comment on how "evil" the Marvel heroes are whenever he can.
However, he has had some medical problems and he has left here before thinking no one wants him here. That's something that I am hoping to avoid. I'm not blaming you for ANYTHING, let me make that clear. I am only trying to prevent another round of the same debate that apparently caused hard feelings before.
You won't change his mind and challenging him about it will only make him defensive, as past interactions show us. If steered clear from the topic of Marvel's Post-Civil War period, he seems happier.
Anyway, that's my two cents. Again I'm not faulting you at all. Merely trying to keep the peace, as they say.