Our Spider-Man Spectacular continues, with Moisés, John, and Todd taking a much deeper focus on more from the modern era of Spider-stories, the work of Dan Slott in particular. We also hear more from the historic "Stan n' Dan" Q&A. Part 2 of 2
The full Stan Lee/Dan Slott Q&A will be available uncut very soon in the Artist Edition feed (and the Giant Size "Plus" feed that includes the main show an all related "extras"), complete with instructions on how far to jump ahead.
- IDW: the new Jim Steranko Artist's Edition (art discussed on our Captain America episode) is absolutely gorgeous, and will be available along with their Mike Mignola/Hellboy Artist's Edition at their San Diego Comic Con booth (and online). They are worth budgeting for, just like the wide array of great comics and archival editions that IDW makes.
- Co-host John Gholson has been doing movie reviews in comic strip form. He's been posting more on Gutters & Panels of late.
- Todd Nauck should be guilt-tripped into posting to his YouTube channel more often.
- Stan Lee again? Oh, brother! He threatened to sue Moisés last time. What now?!
- Dan Slott has a "past life" as a theatre actor. Now he writes comics.
SHOW NOTES and LINKS
- Test Pattern 8 features Moisés and John's first ever podcasting team-up.
- Legend: ASM=Amazing Spider-Man, WoSM=Web of Spider-Man, PPSSM=Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man.
- Storyline names link to Amazon, where buying benefits the show.
- Spider-Man’s rogues got revitalized and reinvigorated in a big way in The Gauntlet (Volumes One, Two, Three, Four, and Five) (ASM #611-637 and WoSM vol2 #2-7), which spans a couple years of Spider-history. Volume Two is OOP as a TPB. The Gauntlet greatly enhances the major story that followed it…
- Grim Hunt (aka Kraven’s First Hunt) followed The Gauntlet, and echoes the iconic Kraven’s Last Hunt by JM DeMatteis without requiring one read the story from a couple decades earlier. Kraven’s Last Hunt is surprisingly “dark and gritty” for a Spider-Man story, with a shocking ending one shouldn’t have spoiled for them.
- Amazing Spider-Man #121-122 is literally called The Night Gwen Stacy Died now. It’s collected with The Death of Captain Stacy (ASM #88-92) as Spider-Man: Death of the Stacys. What a bad-luck family that is!
- At the time, Gwen’s death was hugely controversial, inspiring protests and angry letters by the truckload. The impact has been felt throughout Spider-Man’s history ever since. It’s arguably second only to the killing of Uncle Ben in terms of traumas Spider-Man has endured and learned from along the way.
- The Death of Jean DeWolff (PPSSM #107-110 &134-136) is a title that spoils nothing, as she dies early on. Black Costume Spidey hunts down the killer of his dear friend in a four-part story.
- Peter David (website) wrote The Death of Jean DeWolff, but he’s also done countless other runs on various titles, and many of many years-long, like Hulk, X-Factor, and Young Justice, which he worked on with this week’s special guest Todd Nauck.
- Back in Black (ASM #539-543, FNSM #17-23 & Annual #1, SSM #35-40 & Annual #1) tied in with Spider-Man 3, and found Peter put on a black costume that looks just like the alien symbiote) while ruthlessly hunting down whoever shot Aunt May. The five-issue run covers what happened to people in Peter’s world while Marvel Civil War happened.
- John believes Rick Leonardi deserves way more praise than he’s given.
- J. Michael Straczynski had a few really unimpeachable years on Spider-Man, but then things got weird.
- Sins Past (ASM #509-514), often referred to as "the Grey Goblin storyline", Gwen Stacy revived and raped, and One More Day/Brand New Day saw the erasure of Spider-Man’s marriage to Mary Jane.
- Peter and Aunt May finally have The Conversation about how he’s actually Spider-Man in ASM vol2 #35-38, a short run notable for including the 9/11 reaction issue (#36). It's split across Amazing Spider-Man Vol1 and Vol2 TPBs (both OOP, but easy to find).
- Dan Slott (Wiki, ComicBookDB) did a great run on She-Hulk that has finally been collected as She-Hulk by Dan Slott (Vol1 & Vol2).
- The guide to reading Dan Slott’s Spider-Man: just start with Big Time and work forward. Spider Island and Ends of the Earth are great, but do yourself a favor and just start with the Big Time Ultimate Collection. Starting with Superior Spider-Man isn’t advisable.
- From the same era is Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios’ Osborn. Bad guys make for good miniseries.
- Todd Nauck hasn’t worked with Dan Slott, but he drew the Dan Slott variant cover for ASM #669.
- You should be reading Nightcrawler drawn by Todd and with writer Chris Claremont.
- You should also seek out Todd’s ahead-of-its-time, American Idol for superheroes comic Wildguard (Volume 1 is the contest, Volume 2 is what happens afterward).
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