If we don't have one already, it seems we should have a general thread for all things Spidey.
Here's a post from the Masterworks board, initially in response to a question about John Romita inking Ross Andru. Gerry Conway's run on the book, in many ways, was "MY" era of Spidey. It was the first time I was buying the book new as it came out. I was in high school at the time.
I recall seeing occassional Ditko monster stories reprinted on a sporatic basis in Marvel Tales, and Fantasy Masterpieces.
Stan's hype always refered these types of reprints as "Steve Ditko's 'Tim-Boo-Bah'" or "Those Who Change" or Kirby's
I, Grotto" or similar types of billboarding, but usually mentioning the artist's name as a particular draw.
Does anyone know if these pieces were selected in any logical manner, or was it just all hap-hazard, or a by-guess-by-golly intern or secretary picking the stories for this next issue?
In case you missed it, there was an episode of "American Pickers" airing on the History Channel late last night that featured the boys picking at a combination antique shop, toy store and comic shop. They saw key silver age marvels under glass, including FF #1, Amazing Fantasy #15, Avengers #4 and Spider-Man #38. But they zeroed in on the first appearance of Spider-Man in Amazing Fantasy #15.
Though Mike claims that he and his buddy are great spider-man fans, they seem very unknowledgable about the origin and conditions of silver age books. While they discuss the relative merrits of the book and it's collectibility with the owner/proprieter, they ultimately settle upon a price of $4500 for the copy. The owner graded the book at 2.0 on the 10 point scale but this didn't phaze them.
They take the copy with them to get it appraised, and after learning a great deal about condition and flaws in a copy and how it impacts price, Mike gets impatient and asks multiple times how much his copy is worth. The expert makes a qualified answer..."To the right buyer, I would estimate this copy to be around $5500." Mike breaks out in a dance that he's MADE MONEY on the deal.
To my mind, they just spent $4500 on a copy that is rare, but not in desirable condition, and they have no willing buyer, so they are out $4500. I don't think that's anything to dance around about.
By great coincidence, my copy of Marvel Visionaries: Steve Ditko arrived in the mail this morning. The book is used, but in Mint condition and showcases a lot of Ditko's pre-superhero work, and a smattering of his art from each of the various bronze age books that he filled in when somebody missed a deadline....HULK, DD, Speedball, Squirel Girl, etc. But it has the complete three parts of the Master Planner and a Chameleon story from Spider-Man #1 in it. I'm extremely pleased with it, as so many of the monster stories are from Amazing Adult Fantasy and includes the seminal "Those Who Change" and "Why Won't They Believe Me!"
Over the weekend, I was "babysitting" a couple of boys who are both taller than I am while their folks were out of town. On Saturday night, we watched Amazing Spider-Man. Two things said that night were kind of funny.
I know that Peter David and others have always thought that the "natural" web coming out of his wrists (not his butt, like a real spider) somehow made more sense than his inventing mechanical web shooters. Some people say he should have marketed the inventions and become rich. Well, he did intend to become rich as a performer. As has been said in recent years, most people's decision-making abilities don't fully mature until their early-to-mid-twenties. Peter's letting the criminal get away who later kills his uncle and failing to market his inventions fit with this immaturity. After Uncle Ben is killed, he of course has better things to do.
I think that when Spider-Man was first created, either Goodman, Lee, or Ditko realized how gross it was to have this nasty substance secreted by the hero's body. Also, in the first Toby McGuire film I thought that version of Peter took it too much in stride that this stuff was coming out of his body.
He invented the web shooters and the fluid! He's a genius! He's a kid!
"Natural" web shooters is not a cool idea. It's a very "Hollywood" kinda thing. Comics are stupid, comics are for retards, we're movies, we're better than that, look at us, aren't we clever? This has been going on for decades. The fact that James Cameron came up with the idea doesn't make it any better. It just made more people bow down to the idea that, "Oh, JAMES CAMERON came up with this, it MUST be a good idea!!!" B***S***.
I keep thinking about this one episode of the English sitcom AS TIME GOES BY when Lionel & Jean go to Hollywood, and while they're meeting with a producer, a pair of "script doctors" ("consultants"?) are sitting in on the meeting, and they keep making suggestions for changes to Lionel's very personal real-life story. Every one of their ideas is totally mis-guided, uncalled-for and way off base. And the only reason they're doing it is to justify their employment. I forget who it was, either Lionel or Jean, but one of them, after they "consultants" left, pointed out that a major change the "consultants" wanted to make was a blatent act of plagiarism from a famous Hollywood film, which would have left the studio open to a hefty lawsuit! (The producer was completely unaware of this until they told him. Too young to know any better.)