SDCC: Marvel: Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends Panel
Despite facing regular threats from such deadly foes as Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus and the Lizard, you have to imagine it’s the everyday concerns that trouble Spider-Man most. Like, where to get his costumes cleaned without giving away is identity, or what to do when he has to sneeze while wearing the mask.
It’s the latter problem that defeats the pint-sized Spider-Man in this video before he can even swing into action. Laughed at by the very citizens he planned to protect, the littlest wall-crawler can only pull at his mask and whimper. Spider-Man no more …
Marvel’s First Avenger will return next month to Disneyland, just in time for the opening of Captain America: Civil War.
Captain America left the Anaheim, California, resort in October to make room for Spider-Man in Tomorrowland’s newly renovated Super Hero HQ, which houses “Thor: Treasures of Asgard” and “Iron Man Tech Presented by Star Industries.”
Experimenting with the iconic nature of their costumes, Ukrainian illustrator Yuri Krasnoshchok has distilled the masks and faces of numerous fictional heroes to sparse geometric shapes in a minimalist series called simply “Masks of Superheroes.”
Spider-Man, represented only by those oversize white eyes, is probably the most successful of the bunch, but most of them are almost instantly recognizable, without the aid of the characters’ names.
Creators | Stan Lee has announced his visit to Fan Expo Canada in September will mark his final appearance in that country. “It’s so pleasant to go somewhere where people like you and want to hear what you have to say,” he said. “It’s very flattering. But I’m 93 years old. I don’t know how much longer I’ll be able to do it. I want to make this one big event.” When it was pointed out that Lee doesn’t look as if he’s slowing down, the legendary creator replied, “Well, I can’t run the marathon and win the way I used to.” Lee made his final convention appearance in Europe in 2014. [Toronto]
A rare near-mint copy of Marvel’s Amazing Fantasy #15, featuring the 1962 debut of Spider-Man, sold at auction Thursday for $454,100.
Heritage Auctions said that’s the most ever paid at public auction for a Spider-Man comic (as The Associated Press notes, a near-mint copy of the same comic reportedly fetched $1.1 million in a private sale in 2011).
We’ve seen Wayne Manor, the Baxter Building and Tony Stark’s many bachelor pads depicted in countless Marvel and DC comic books over the decades. However, in “Interheroes,” illustrator and architect Federico Babina offers a look at the stylish homes of superheroes if they were decorated to reflect their costumed identities.
If you didn’t quite buy the result of their original battle, “Super Power Beat Down” is back with an alternate ending to the showdown between Spider-Man and Darth Maul.
This time, it’s not only the wall-crawler who has the benefit of the alien symbiote: Here, Darth Sidious’ apprentice dips his hand into that inky pool, resulting in a whole lotta horns, and a whole lotta … tongue.
Auctions | A near-mint copy of Marvel Amazing Fantasy #15, featuring the 1962 first appearance of Spider-Man, is expected to sell for more than $400,000 at auction later this month. “We think this comic has the potential to realize the highest price ever paid at public auction for a Spider-Man comic book,” said Lon Allen, managing director of the comics department at Heritage Auctions. “It could soar well past our estimate.” [Fine Books & Collections]
Diamond Select Toys has teamed with the Marvel Shop to introduce the exclusive Marvel Select Spectacular Spider-Man action figure.
Standing 7 inches tall and boasting 16 points of articulation, the figure features four pairs of interchangeable hands, a camera accessory, interchangeable masked and unmasked heads, and (perhaps best of all) a bunched-up mask that Peter Parker can hold in his hand.
Aside from the contents of Batman’s subterranean garage, and Ghost Rider’s motorcycle-turned-low-rider, superhero vehicles are pretty rare these days. However, there was a time — let’s call it “the 1970s” — when every other costumed character seemed to have their own custom wheels, whether it was Superman’s Supermobile, Spider-Man’s Spider-Mobile or The Punisher’s Battle Van … mobile.
But if the work of WrapStyle Singpare is any indication, perhaps superhero cars are poised to make a high-priced comeback.
Publishing | Viz Media has struck separate agreements that will expand the number of manga titles it sells at Walmart and bring its books to Best Buy for the first time. Under the Walmart deal, bestsellers Tokyo Ghoul, Pokeman, One Punch Man and the new Naruto one-shots will be available in more than 2,000 of the retailer’s locations across the United States. Under the Best Buy agreement, two Naruto titles and Assassination Classroom will be packaged with their respective anime and featured in floor displays at 687 locations. [Publishers Weekly]
Continuing a centuries-long crusade to crush childhood fantasies, science has determined that Spider-Man as we know him couldn’t actually exist. It turns out the superhero’s body is far too big, and his hands and feet way too small, to permit him to adhere to surfaces, making that “wall-crawler” moniker pretty tough to pull off.
Toshib Bagde has gone where few other artists dared with his series “Super-Heroes Poop Lab,” envisioning what the excrement of some of the world’s most famous do-gooders might look like. Hey, it’s a crappy job, but someone has to do it.
“I love superheroes,” he explained on Bored Panda. “They are just like us but, yeah, with powers. So I wondered, how would the poop of superheroes look? I think it should represent the characters.”
Despite being one of the most recognizable superheroes in the world, Spider-Man has proved popular with real-world criminals, who don his mask with surprising frequency while committing illegal acts, ranging from convenience-store robberies to gun-store burglaries. And let’s not even get started on all of those fights on Time Square and Hollywood Boulevard.
We can now add two more incidents to the list, this time in Georgia.
After last year pitting Batman against Darth Vader aboard the Death Star in a “Super Power Beat Down” that fueled countless arguments, Bat in the Sun now brings another Star Wars villain, Darth Maul, to Earth to battle Spider-Man.
The New York City setting doesn’t lend itself to the visual spectacle of, say, a moon-sized battle station, but the effects and fight choreography are most impressive. Plus, it allows for a nice surprise cameo.