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Why Miles Morales Is So Important

  In 2011, Spider-Man died. And he was replaced by Spider-Man. There are a lot of superhero archetypes in comic books. You’ve got your classic patriotic mainstays like Superman and Captain America. Your rich “bad-boy” gadget guys like Iron Man and Batman. Characters seeped in worlds of myth and magic like Wonder Woman and Thor. […]

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Connections

I saw her hovering by the door. She was obviously considering whether to step all the way in or drift back out into the night. The door kept opening and closing and folks rushed passed her on all sides, delaying her decision. I was desperate to run over and rescue her, but I was trapped […]

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Spider-Man and His Amazing Friend (Me!)

I read once that they did a study on recognizable superheroes and that Spider-Man was far and away the top dog.  Seems like a no-brainer when you consider that the only film to beat a Star Wars movie at the box office for the year was the cinematic debut of the web slinger in 2002.  […]

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Comics 101 In Focus: A Shocking Development

It’s all about perspective, really. If you’ve been reading SPIDER-MAN comics any time for the last few years, you know who the major villains are and who the small fry are, and odds are that the Shocker probably isn’t going to make the first list. However, when Li’l Scott was reading Spidey at the tender […]

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The Number-One Number One

So there’s a lot of first-issues hitting the market these days. And I mean a lot. Let’s take a look at just the ones I took home with me last week alone, and see what rises to the top. (There was one more number-one I would definitely have picked up, by the way, Bendis’ new […]

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Mockingbird’s First Flight

If her role on Agents of SHIELD is any indication, it appears that Mockingbird, played by Adrianne Palicki, is on her way toward major prominence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In hopes of a lot more Mockingbird next season, I took a look back at her first appearance in the comics. Now, while Bobbi Morse […]

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Watch Out! Here Comes the Spider-Gwen!

Well, we the fans asked and we received. After the astronomical success of Edge of Spider-Verse issue #2, fans flooded Dan Slott with letters and pictures begging for more of Gwen Stacy as Spider-Woman. Unlike in reality, death in the comic-book world is by no means an absolute. Over and over we see characters die […]

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We’re Ready For Your Close-Up, Mr. Parker

In another of those “melt-down-the-Internet” moments, Marvel Studios and Sony announced Monday night that they’d come to an agreement that would allow Spider-Man to begin making appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with a guest appearance in an already-scheduled MCU film, followed by a new solo Spidey film shepherded by Marvel Studios, already scheduled […]

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With This Ring, I Thee Web

With the big Spidey news all over the interwebs, it seems like a good time to look back at another newsworthy Spidey event. So please join us if you will, as we set the Wayback Machine for the year 1987. It really did come out of the blue. At the time, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN had been […]

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Nobody Knows Who You Are

I loved Sesame Street, didn’t you? Loved all the puppets and animation and lessons about life. But you know what I loved more? You know what was always more up my “street” when I was a kid spending half of my growing years on the streets of Manhattan? The Electric Company! Unlike Sesame Street, it […]

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Why Did Spider-Man Succeed?

Spider-Man was Marvel’s chief cash-cow for decades. Sure, he’s been replaced by Wolverine in that role of late, and his movies aren’t as good as those Disney has control over. But you cannot escape the fact that for years Spider-Man was the masked face of Marvel that most people recognized. So, why? That’s a very […]

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Gwen Stacy Becomes Spider-Woman

The phrase “cross-title event” doesn’t get me excited. In fact, it makes me involuntarily cringe. The thought of obtaining several issues with different titles makes me worry a little about my bank account but mostly I’m concerned that I’ll miss an issue and a key part of the story. I don’t want to have to use […]

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Those Unfriendly Neighborhood Spider-Villains

Much has been made about Batman having the best “Rogue’s Gallery” of villains in comics, and I’ll admit, it’s right up there. However, I’d have to put Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man in very close competition, as Spidey creators Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, and later Spidey writers and artists like John Romita, Gil Kane, Ross Andru, […]

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