"Face It, Tiger
" (the debut single!): your new favorite comicbook band is the Mary Janes. Vocals by Mary Jane Watson, drums by the amazing Gwen Stacy: Spider-Woman
After building fan buzz
for months with her striking costume
debuted this week in the comic Edge of Spider-Verse #2
, which you can preview here
. In this alternate universe, Gwen Stacy was the hero who gained superpowers from that fateful spider-bite. Spider-Gwen has drawn critical praise
, while her debut comic has already sold to a second printing
Meanwhile, Edge of Spider-Verse
is a miniseries prelude to Spider-Verse
, Marvel's forthcoming Spider-Family Crossover comicbook-selling-event that vows to feature (almost) "every Spider-Man ever
For more deeply nerdy spider-geekery, read on. [more inside]
If you haven't hung your calendars for 2014 yet, why not take advantage of repeating dates
and use the 1975 Mighty Marvel Calendar
-- featuring important milestones like Sal Buscema's birthday, the exact moment fans started protesting Dr. Strange's first costume change, and all the Doctor Doom appearances a mortal mind can handle?
"I assume capes aren't functional because they can get snagged on things." A fascinating article
by Jon Ronson profiling costumed avengers in the real-life superhero movement
. Also: Why Doesn't Batman Kill?
and Teaching Philosophy With Spiderman
. [more inside]
is an imprint of comic books published by Marvel Comics, featuring reimagined and updated versions of the company's superhero characters"
Today the imprint has introduced a new version of Spider-Man, Miles Morales
, a half black-half latino male teenager. Fans are already talking about why
The trailer for the upcoming Spider-Man reboot
has been released. But does it rip off the 2008 videogame Mirrors Edge?
What if Spider-Man served in Vietnam?
A short comic by intricate artist James Stokoe
, best known for his drippy fantasy comic Orc Stain
. (Last two links may be NSFW)
This week, the world will finally get its first look at
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. But the most expensive musical in Broadway history has already had an epic run—battling bankruptcy, broken wrists, unruly technology, and one comic villain disguised as a Post columnist. And at the center of it all, perched over her “God mike,” is the relentless and inventive Julie Taymor. (previously)
is the new movie Spiderman, meaning despite internet campaigns
and some lukewarm support
from Stan Lee we'll never see this: Donald Glover as Spider-Man
. Meanwhile the much delayed (and somewhat insane sounding) Spider-Man musical still stumbles on
Spider-Man and Mary Jane are no more.
But what broke up their 20 year long marriage? The stress of being a superhero? An illicit tryst with Ben Riley coming to light? Nope. The Devil
made them do it in order to save Aunt May's life. Comic Book Resources has been running a series of interviews with Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada (1
) who wrote and penned the issue as its normal writer, J. Michael Straczynski (his take here
) refused to do so. So that distant howl you've been hearing all week is actually the sound of a thousand comic fans gnashing their teeth
and rending their Spidey Underoos. [more inside]
"I would like to do better, to be better than I am".
He's the French New Wave maverick
and Academy Award winner (at 26, for his first short
) who, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz -- with considerable personal pain and the admission that "no description, no picture can reveal the true dimension
" of what happened in the camps -- made what François Truffaut called "the greatest film ever made
", duly censored by French authorities
. Four years later he baffled audiences with "the first modern film of sound cinema
", shattering the rules of chronology
to describe the “anguish of the future”: even if all he ever wanted was "to stop death in its tracks
" (French language link)
, only for one minute
. But he is also the unabashed lover of la bande dessinée
who learnt English by reading comic books
and in the Seventies dreamed (French language link)
of making "Spider-Man" into a movie
(the Hollywood studios were not convinced), the MGM old-school musical
nut so in love with design that "half of the fashion photography of the past 40 years owes a debt
" to him. Now, Alain Resnais
' new work
, just shown at the Venice Film Festival
where his buddy David Lynch was awarded a lifetime achievement Golden Lion
, is a French film inspired
by an English play with 54 short scenes
, music by the X-Files's Mark Snow. (more inside)
Spider-Man in Arabic.
Through a licensing arrangement with Marvel Comics
, Kuwait-based Teshkeel Comics
has started producing the adventures of your favorite heroes in Arabic
, starting with Spider-Man
. The Hulk is next
. But don't miss their own in-house pack of super-powered do-gooders: The 99
("the world's first superheroes conceived from Islamic culture"). India in 2004
. Saudi Arabia in 2006. Where will the world-travellin' webslinger be in 2008?
, for many of us, has been a tried and true character which many of us have grown up with. For my fellow comic geeks, I'm sure many of you will agree at having enjoyed the stories for many years. However, the recent "The Other"
storyline has harped on a series of evolutions(literally, not figuratively) that our webslinger has undergone of late. Of which an upcoming costume change
is the least.
is a movie of questionable legality released in India in the mid eighties. Perhaps it should have had a wider release since it has a great deal of humorous appeal for Western audiences. Check out this review
from Stomp Tokyo. I'm looking forward to a crossover when Indian Superman meets Indian Spider-Man
. via Sepia Mutiny
A particularly dark period in the life of Spider-Man.
Or, an insider's look at the infamous Clone Saga. Or, When Comic Book Marketing Executives Attack.
Some potential storyboards for Spider-Man 3
. Directory index of images or view one at random
Spider-Man's Rogues Gallery of Villains
Beware of Doc Ock, the Green Goblin, and Just A Guy Named Joe!
BBC presents: The Science of Superheroes!
Ever wonder how Spider-Man climbs on walls
? How do lie detectors such as Wonder Woman's lasso
work? What was gravity like on planet Krypton
? The BBC takes a scientific look at our favorite superheroes to teach the physics behind the fantasy.
Want to read Marvel
comics without paying for them? Sign up
, a flash based comic download manager/viewer. You can read Spider-Man, X-Men, Elektra, Incredible Hulk and even issues of the new Wolverine Origin series all without the racking guilt of media "piracy". Ahoy, matey!
I think he liked the new Spider Man movie.
Not only includes many arguments for why the movie is great, but goes so far as to say that Art is "culturally irrelevant," has been replaced by movies as the most successful reflection of our times, and that this movie will stand not merely as the best film of 2002, but might well be studied in the future as the creative work most symbolic of America in these troubled modern times. Wow. Now THAT's a good flick!
Free Comic Book Day
is Saturday, May 4th, both in the United States
and around the world
(even Brunei). FCBD offers a variety
of comics to help attract new readers and ride the wave of publicity from the Spider-Man movie.
Does the offer of a free comic seem likely to bring you
into a comic store? Will this have an impact on the general public's perception of comics?
Big Changes for the Web-Slinger and Children of the Atom!
In an effort to lure kids back to the quiet, almost antiquated pastime of reading paper magazines filled with stories about do-gooders, Marvel Comics announces an AMAZING re-organization of the X-MEN and SPIDER MAN. Yes, loyal arachno-fans, Peter Parker is going to start life anew as a "webmaster" for the Daily Bugle! The X-Men will go back to high school ... for MUTANTS! (PS: Captain America to be laid off.) Marvel's editor in chief announces other changes.