Friday, September 28, 2007

What I Like / What I Dislike

LIKE

This panel from Amazing Spider-Man #100 (words by Stan Lee, art by Gil Kane):


And, in particular, the fact that superhero comics storytelling has such limited credibility that it demands captions like this:



DISLIKE

The fact that two months later they did this (words by Roy Thomas, art by Kane):



Apparently no cop-out means no cop-out yet. What crap — viva la Six Arm Spider-Man!

(Tangential like: the fact that when Spidey loses his extra apendages he screams "HANDS! HANDS!" In dreams, hands represent "practical and social abilities" — so you see! Spider-Man losing his hands symbolizes his perceived ineffectiveness as a crimefighter. Dude, comics are totally smart.)

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Blogger Levi said...

You're failing to reckon with the amazing sciencing abilities of Dr. Curt Conners. If anyone can remove four extra arms with no mark, it's him. Or maybe Reed Richards. Or Dr. Strange. Or Henry Pym. Or Bruce Banner.

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Blogger Matt Singer said...

You make a fine point. However, let us not forget that most of Dr. Conners' experiments into limbectomies usually resulted in him also growing a tale and reptilian scales.

So, I ask you, where is my Spider-Lizard?!? And where is my caption that reads "NOT A COP-OUT! PETER'S AWAKE! HE'S A SPIDER-LIZARD FOREVER!" ?

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