Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Pow #4: Amazing Spider-Man #3: Nerd Fight

Stan Lee introduces us to one of Spidey’s most challenging foes, indeed the one who ultimately defeats him and ends the run of The Amazing Spider-Man Vol 2: Doctor Octopus!


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Amazing Spider-Man #3 written by Stan Lee with art by Steve Ditko and lettering by John Duffy

Holy Double Entendre Batman!: Week 3

Thanks to a college student complaining about reading Y: The Last Man and Perseopolis when he thought he’d be reading innocent comics like Batman, people have been collecting inappropriate Batman panels – mostly from the Golden and Silver Ages. So, here’s a weekly feature that’ll go from now until I run out of images.

What Has Batman's Touch done to Robin?
What Has Batman’s Touch done to Robin?

Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together (in color!)

I read Scott Pilgrim in its original manga-sized, black and white form when it first came out. With the final volume of the color version coming out this year, I thought it would be a great time to revisit the story as well as looking at how the addition of color changes things. I’ll be exploring the story and themes volume by volume. This time, volume 4.

Scott Pilgrim Vol 4 - "We're Recording Right Now"
Scott Pilgrim Vol 4 – “We’re Recording Right Now”

As far as their extended adolescence goes, this volume represents a major shift for a lot of the characters. This volume is when we realize that we’re seeing the end of something that’s been going on almost since high school when it comes to friendships and patterns. Perhaps at least partially from getting caught by Scott Pilgrim in the middle of an intimate moment, Wallace suggests it’s time for Scott to find his own apartment – or at least stop sleeping on the floor, sharing a sleeping bag with a gay man (which whom he is not involved). Stephen Stills has a complicated journey in this volume as he outwardly seems transfixed on getting Sex Bob-omb’s album recorded by Joseph. However, he stops holding band practice and has been turning away gigs, perhaps because recording the album has made him realize the futility of his band ever getting anywhere, and wanting to move on. There’s also the reveal about why he’s gotten so close with Joseph which will either happen in the next volume or the last one. Kim finally moves out of the apartment she shares with women she hates and at the very least this represents her refusal to remain in a crappy situation. Continue reading Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together (in color!)

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Pow #3: Amazing Spider-Man #2: Fighting Senior Citizens

Even in the second issue of his brand new series, Spider-Man gains enemies that are still around today.

I forgot to mention in the video, it’s interesting that Parker is a teenager in high school and both his villains in this issue are very old men.

More Baltimore Comic-Con 2015 News!

I can now confirm that, barring any family emergencies, I’ll be covering Baltimore Comic-Con 2015! Just like last year, my intention is to do a combination of live-blogging and posts during and after the show. There will be some video this year as well, but I’m still trying to go through the logistics of what form that will take this year.  Well, onto the official announcements!

Jeremy Bastian will be here. I’ve never heard of him, but I think I might be missing out because he’s working on a book called Cursed Pirate Girl over on BOOM! You might know him from Guild: Tink from Dark Horse Comics, Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard from BOOM! Studios/Archaia Comics, Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream from Locust Moon Press, and Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom from Simon and Schuster.

Local Hero and Famous Artist Frank Cho will once again be making an appearance. He created Liberty Meadows, but you probably know him from his Marvel work, including New Avengers, Mighty Avengers, Shanna the She-Devil, New Ultimates, and X-Men: Schism although you might also know him from Jungle Girl from Dynamite.

David Peterson, who designed the Baltimore Comic-Con cover the first year I attended (2012), will also be there. You might also know him from The Dark Crystal, Snowy Valentine, and Muppets & Fairytales from Archaia, as well as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-Series from IDW.

Neal Adams will once again be showing up. If you’ve heard his episodes from Fatman on Batman you’ll know how incredibly influential he was in getting artists the recognition they deserve from the comic companies. He worked hard to get the Superman creators the credit they deserved and is now working to get the same done for Batman creators not named Bob Kane. But he also did a lot of art work for DC in the 70s and more recently the mini-series First X-Men.

There’ll be an awesome contest for young readers this year. I’ll let the press release give out the info:

Kids Love Comics is looking for comics written and drawn by young creators. The art doesn’t have to be perfect — the story just needs to be clear. Your comic can be in black and white, color, pencil, crayon, however you like to tell your story!
Winning Young Creators must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the convention.
Archie Comics will have a large presence this year with the following creators: Francesco Francavilla (who’s famous for his work at DC and Marvel), Dan Parent, Andrew Pepoy, and Jeff Shulz.

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Pow #2: Amazing Spider-Man #1: Who Is Peter Palmer?

Our Monday feature continues as we move from Spider-Man’s debut to the debut of his own comic. We take a look at how things have changed, what tropes were started in this first issue, and ask who in the world is Peter Palmer?

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Amazing Spider-Man #1 written by Stan Lee with art by Steve Ditko and lettering by Johnny Dee