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When I see Beast Kingdom’s articulated Egg Attack Spider-Man figure, I can’t help but think of that Evian commercial from earlier this year that introduced Spider-Baby, the pint-sized mirror version of the wall-crawler. After all, the proportions are similar, even if the musculature differs. Plus, I’m pretty sure — pretty sure — that Spider-Baby’s hands aren’t exchangeable.
In any case, the 6-inch figure comes complete with five sets of hands and three web-fluid attachments … and an $85 price tag. Curiously, despite it being tied to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Egg Attack Spider-Man won’t be released in Japan until April, a year after the film’s premiere.
Jayden Wilson, the terminally ill boy who became an Internet sensation last month when his father dressed as Spider-Man to surprise him for his fifth birthday, passed away on Christmas Eve. He was diagnosed in September 2013 with a grade 4 brain stem tumor and given about a year to live.
“Jayden fought an amazing battle. By far he was the most bravest person we know,” his father Mike Wilson wrote on the Hope For Jayden Facebook page. “But unfortunately late on Christmas Eve, Jayden died peacefully in his sleep, warm in his bed. He looked so relaxed with a very subtle grin on his face. We believe he waited to be out of hospital to be with his family in the most safest place he knew. Jayden had such a happy life. What an incredible 5 years.”
Happy holidays and welcome to Shelf Porn, your weekly look at one fan’s collection. Today we show off the web-tangled shelves of Alex in the Philippines, a huge fan of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
If you’d like to see your collection here, you can find instructions on how to submit it at the end of this post.
And now let’s swing into things with Alex …
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether Marvel owes royalty payments to the creator of a Spider-Man toy after the patent for the Web Blaster expired.
As first reported by Courthouse News Service, Stephen Kimble patented the toy in 1990 and then approached Marvel to license the rights. Marvel passed, and when another company began manufacturing a similar toy — it shoots foam string, simulating Spider-Man’s web-shooters — Kimble sued, claiming patent infringement and breach of implied contract.
Original art is a growing market for creators and fans alike, and for the holidays artist Vasilis Lolos is selling choice pages of his work for a good cause. The Last Call cartoonist is auctioning off pages from his work at Marvel, Image and Dark Horse, as well as his self-published projects, with all proceeds to benefit stray dogs in Athens, Greece.
“During this time of winter and the constant bombings and riots, these stray dogs need a helping hand,” Lolos says. “This is why I created these auctions, so I can sell my artwork really cheap but help somebody in need.”
With a metro population of 20 million, Cairo suffers from all the traffic, pollution and noise problems you’d expect from the wold’s 10th-largest urban area. Even lifelong residents can find daily life in the city’s crowded streets to be a struggle. But how would a superhero fare in Egypt’s capital?
That’s what 20-year-old Hossam Atef set out to discover in a series of photographs depicting Spider-Man — actually, 21-year-old chef Atef Saad — as he experiences a normal day in Cairo, running to catch an overcrowded bus, finding a place to sit on the Metro and driving a tuk-tuk, among other activities.
Sony Pictures was quick to shoot down a rumor last month about an Amazing Spider-Man spinoff focusing on a young Aunt May, but how might studio executives react to a film exploring the untold story of Ben Parker?
“Uncle Ben: The Movie” isn’t a prequel, however; it’s more of a two-and-a-half-hour companion piece from Make ‘Em Laugh Films, checking in on the family patriarch as he rests in peace. The real test of course is how much you actually watch …
Superhuman speed and strength still may be out of reach, but scientists have devised a way to scale buildings like Spider-Man.
Popular Mechanics reports that researchers have developed gecko-inspired adhesives gloves that can lift a 200-pound person up walls. Well, certain walls.
“To work, the surface you’re climbing needs to be relatively smooth; like glass, varnished wood, polished stone, or metal,” says Elliot Hawkes, the Stanford mechanical engineer who led the research team, “but you can attach and detach with very little effort, and to make [the gloves] stick all you have to do is hang your weight.”
You can see Hawkes demonstrate the gloves in the video below.
Mike Wilson wanted to do something special to celebrate the fifth birthday of his son Jayden, who was diagnosed in September 2013 with a grade 4 brain stem tumor and given about a year to live.
Drawing inspiration from Jayden’s favorite superhero — “His bedroom is covered in Spider-Man pictures,” his dad tells The Independent — Mike had a costume custom-made so he could deliver a birthday surprise.
Tragic Spider-foe turned flawed hero, Morbius may have starred in his own comic series, but he’s never enjoyed the popularity of, say, Venom. However, the Living Vampire finally gets his moment in the sun in this new fan film by Adam Michaels and Chaz Dray.
The film stars Michaels himself as Michael Morbius and Carley Coakley as Shriek, and even features an appearance by Peter Parker (played by Andrew Mueller).
French photographer Sacha Goldberger, who previously made a splash with images of his 91-year-old grandmother as a superhero, exhibited his latest series “Super Flemish” over the weekend at the Grand Palais in Paris. As you might have guessed from the title and the above photo, the project features superheroes (and villains), Star Wars characters and other pop-culture figures — as if they were posing for Flemish paintings.
But these are indeed photographs, requiring models, costumers, hair and makeup artists and the like. And, as you can see from the gallery on Goldberger’s website, he even recruited his grandmother again. See more images, and photos from the exhibition, on Goldberger’s Facebook page.
Marvel is bringing readers to “the crossroads of food and comics” with “3 Course Comics,” a new video series in which C.B. Cebulski cooks up appropriately themed dishes for some of the publisher’s creators and editors. It’s part cooking show, part talk show.
Cebulski, Marvel’s vice president of international brand development, kicks off the series (and the meal) with a Japanese variation of Aunt May’s patented wheat cakes for a “Spider-Verse” conversation with The Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott and editors Nick Lowe and Sana Amanat. “Web of Fate Pasta” is promised for the second course/episode.
Many comics fans undoubtedly have fond memories of their superhero-themed sleeping bags emblazoned with images of Spider-Man, Batman and the Incredible Hulk. But now those seem so … 20th century. In the 21st century, we wear our superhero-themed sleeping bags.
Selk’bag, which produces “human-shaped sleeping bags,” has released a Marvel line of products that allows customers to suit up (and warm up!) as Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man and the Hulk. They even come with detachable booties.
Todd McFarlane’s original cover art for The Amazing Spider-Man #300 is expected to sell for more than $250,000 when it goes up for auction later this month.
The 1988 issue not only marked the 25th anniversary of the Marvel comics series but also the first full appearance of Venom, the popular villain created when Spider-Man’s black symbiote suit merged with Eddie Brock. The cover is signed by McFarlane three times on the front, and includes a handwritten note on the back from the artist (presumably to series editor Jim Salicrup).
Still reeling from its loss Wednesday in the Ninth Circuit, Stan Lee Media today suffered another defeat in Pennsylvania, where a federal judge ruled the failed dot-com can’t insert itself into Disney’s dispute with a theater company by asserting ownership of Spider-Man.
As you may recall, Disney in September 2013 sued Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based American Music Theatre, claiming its musical revue Broadway: Now and Forever used unlicensed elements Spider-Man, Mary Poppins and The Lion King. However, as Disney’s attorneys later noted, that “simple case” was “transmogrified” when the theater announced it had retroactively licensed Spider-Man … from Stan Lee Media.
That conveniently opened the door for the company to sue Disney, seeking a jury trial regarding ownership of Spider-Man, an issue Stan Lee Media argued had never been directly addressed by any court. It was certainly a creative maneuver using one of the few potential paths left to pursue its fight with Marvel and Disney (a clearly annoyed judge had warned in September 2013 that any attempt to amend its previous lawsuit against the House of Mouse would be “futile”).