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First look at Disney XD’s ‘Marvel Comics Close-Up’

Ahead of the Jan. 21 season premiere of Ultimate Spider-Man, Disney XD has released a preview of “Marvel Comics Close-Up,” a new series of interstitials that uses Marvel comics in an effort to encourage kids to read.

As we noted last month, the spots are hosted by Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada (aka “Marvel Master”) and Dylan Riley Snyder (“Kickin’ It”), who offer viewers an inside look at 10 of the publisher’s comics. In the segment below, which arrives courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, they tie in the debut of the Lizard in the animated series with his appearance in Ultimate Spider-Man #7, by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley. Viewers will be able to read the comics they discuss on the Disney XD website.

“Each week, Ultimate Spider-Man encourages viewers to study hard, stay in school and constantly learn more — the same super heroic principles behind ‘Marvel Comics Close-Up,’ ” Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s executive vice president and head of television, said in a statement. “With the second season premiere of Ultimate Spider-Man on Jan. 21, we’re kicking off a long-term initiative to promote literacy to our fans with the most action packed, exciting, family friendly comics you’ll find in this universe or any other.”

Ultimate Spider-Man returns Monday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. ET/PT with a one-hour premiere that introduces Electro and the Lizard. New episodes follow in the show’s regular time slot, Sundays at 11 a.m. ET/PT.

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It will be interesting to hear Joe explain to the kids how they killed off Peter Parker in the Ultimate line of comics… :)

That kid has the most annoying voice I’ve ever heard…

Also, the post above mine wins all the awards. “And you can go and check out Ultimate Spider-Man right now! But, of course, Peter’s dead… Even so, you can go read the adventures of the “regular” universes Spidey in “Superior Spider-Man #1… which also doesn’t feature Peter Parker… but… y’know… comics!”

Yeah, the explanation should be good…

“Uhm, we had TWO Peter Parkers, so we killed one so we could get a new kid, but then we killed the other one to turn Spidey into an A-Hole”

I want to see THAT.

Shameless Joe Quesada makes Jim Shooter look like Frank Miller…

They cancelled Spectacular Spider-man for this? Wow, the name of the show is the same as the comic! Yeah, cuz that’s what they needed to get kids to read more comics, they couldn’t have gone with the fact that the old show had the more important word in common with all they’re Spider-man comics – Spider-man! Do they think that kids are as dumb as the people who run the company? Also, this show sucks compared to the old one, too. Once again Quesada fucks up a sure thing because of his own personal bias.

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