As a kid growing up in the ‘90s, Mary Jane Watson was the only girl for Spider-Man. My main source of exposure, Fox’s animated “Spider-Man” cartoon show, didn’t even mention Gwen Stacy or Betty Brant. To me, Peter and MJ were as indisputable as Clark Kent and Lois Lane. They were supposed to end up […]
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“All the old heroes are like children to you now/ As you go to burn their shame away/ Without knowing exactly how” — “All the Old Heroes” by Joseph Arthur from the album The Ballad of Boogie Christ I loved Spider-Man. He was one of the first characters I clung to as a kid. […]
In the constantly changing game of superhero comics, where creators are replaced between solicitations and release and creative runs are often cut short, it’s easy to forget that Dan Slott has been writing Spider-Man for three-hundred and seventy years. Or, it seems that way. I started reading comics on a regular basis in 2007, the […]
Back in the beginning of Batman there was another bat-themed vigilante, the Black Bat. There was some talk of lawsuits, but nothing interesting came out of that. The Black Bat was created in 1939 to star in Black Book Detective. He was D.A. (not a joke) Anthony Quinn (not a joke) who was blinded and […]
Between the Saturday-morning cartoons, the TV shows, the mountains of merchandise, his recent blockbuster motion picture trilogy, and this summer’s upcoming big-screen reboot, even people who’ve never seen a comic book in their lives must by now know a little something about Marvel’s trademark character, and probably the single most popular superhero ever, the Amazing […]
American comic-book enthusiasts are accustomed to reading the latest installments of their favorite titles on a monthly basis. Occasionally, a comic publisher might print issues weekly or biweekly as part of a limited-duration marketing campaign, but by and large, fans must wait a month to find out what will happen next following the previous chapter’s […]
I’m back with another installment of Marvel Firsts, the series where I journey through Marvel’s most iconic first issues and first appearances. Last time, we covered the big introduction of Venom in The Amazing Spider-Man #300. Now, as we introduce another of Spidey’s most infamous villains, we’re taking it back to the beginning. In The […]
Today, my journey through Marvel’s most iconic first issues and first appearances takes me to 1988, which saw the debut of Spider-Man’s most iconic foe, the monstrous Venom, in The Amazing Spider-Man #300. Written by David Michelinie, drawn by Todd McFarlane, colored by Bob Sharen, and lettered by Rick Parker, this is a landmark issue […]
I caught Sam Raimi’s SPIDER-MAN on TV the other night, and enjoyed once more the way Willem DaFoe and James Franco perfectly captured the fractured relationship between Norman Osborn (secretly Spider-Man’s arch-enemy the Green Goblin) and his son Harry, Peter Parker’s best friend and roommate. I was recently inspired to go back and take a […]
We’re only weeks away from Spidey’s return to the big screen, so what better time to be talking Spider-Man all month here at Blastoff! And how better to mark the occasion than with this awesome banner from our Artist-in-Residence Elena Casagrande!
Let me talk for a second about why I enjoy writing for Blastoff so much. The comics industry moves at a breakneck pace, with the status quos of iconic characters constantly changing on a month to month basis. It’s impossible to keep track of everything going on, and for those who didn’t grow up reading […]
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. […]