Friday, June 06, 2008

The Berating Game

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Ah, it's Joe Quesada's perception of Spider-Man's marriage! (And scrunch-faced teenage imitation Web = Venom. Am I right, people? ...People? *flop-sweats*)

Y'know, the more "Web" stories I read, the more his super-hero career feels like a belabored metaphor for internet porn. (Which is especially astounding, considering they're from 1966.)

Also: "Scrambo"?! Freakin' Jerry Siegel...

11 comments:

Gustavo said...

Well, forget Quesada's views, what's with the plotting?
I mean, what was this, a 1 page comic? No current Spidey comic has been this compressed.
Scott McCloud would have a field day with what is happening between panels

Sea_of_Green said...

"Ma-Ma"? Wow, the Web doesn't strike me as being THAT scary. Whipped, definitely, but not scary. :-)

Scipio said...

"Mustn't pant so loud! If she awakens and catches me at this, she'll be furious!"

Now that's priceless ribaldry...!

Will said...

Gotta love that tiny trash can

Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

I understand this completely, the other day I came home and I'm like "Hey honey I'm home, I just saved the galaxy," and my wife is all like "That's nice, but the lawn still needs to be mowed." Though I admit, I never stay up late trying to quietly do pushups while my wife sleeps in the bed a few feet away. Drink beer? Yes. Do pushups? No...

Blockade Boy said...

Gustavo: I think you're onto something! This story is so compressed, it's in danger of turning into a black hole!

Sea_of_Green: In Imitation Web's defense, he had just swallowed a Chatty Cathy doll.

Scipio: Absolutely filthy! (Bless your heart.) At least Siegel spared us the panel showing him trying to spot clean all the sweat stains. And the body oil stains.

Will: Heh. It's marginally bigger than a bucket of KFC, and he's still straining to lift it! More push-ups, Web!

Jon: Or you could follow my workout routine, and drink beer while doing pushups! That's how I maintain my "blocky" physique!

Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

Oh yeah, and why's he doing pushups in the same room as his sleeping wife? Does he live in a SRO next door to the Blues Brothers?

Dave said...

Well, at some point, Rosie does hear The Web's desperate panting...

the result is Pow Girl...

If only John Waters wrote superhero comics. This could be gold.

Erich said...

I just love the way they tried to set up dramatic tension: "The real Web'll never escape alive!" Then, in the very next panel, the Web escapes alive (without even so much as a "Whew! That was close!").

Captain Nice Guy said...

I don't think he's really doing push-ups. I think there's a hole in the floor.

Blockade Boy said...

Jon: I'm guessing the other rooms are even more cluttered up with discarded caption boxes and word balloons. And with such a dinky garbage can, it'll take forever to clear it all out!

Dave: Sweet fancy Moses! I guess she wanted to spend even more time nagging him.

Erich: Dramatic tension is for suckers! At least, that's the attitude over at Archie Comics.

Captain Nice Guy: And yet, he's deluded himself into thinking he's exercising. It's sad, really.