Post by antiyonder on Oct 13, 2008 21:12:00 GMT -5
Actually, Tom's mentioned before that should a continuation prove to be out of the question that he'll end it with a story set 15 years in the future just as Spider-Girl was set 15 years in the future. And frankly since Spider-Girl has been creator driven I would only want more stories if Defalco is in charge.
Antiyonder: No relation to The Anti-Beyonder from the non existing Amalgam Comics Miniseries "Secret Crisis Of The Infinity Hour #1-12"
Hi, Brad! Spider-Girl has been canceled before and came back. I believe we can do it again…if we can only increase sales by about 1,000 copies per month. We just have to rally the fans and convince the local comic shops to order a few more copies.
Time to get cracking!
Tom DeFlaco and artist Ron Frenz will be future guest on the Spider-Man Crawlspace Podcast hopefully in November. I'll be shooting of my questions, praises and support to the Spider-Girl team.
Hey, cool. I managed to order in the book from Borders. Though they don't seem to have the Amazing series.
That's Great! Spider-Girl Digest Vol. 10 "Season of the Serpent" comes out in January .
Plus, here is the cover for Amazing Spider-Girl #28!
There's a new Green Goblin in town - and his name is PETER PARKER! Spider-Girl faces her biggest challenge yet when she must face off against her own father! Plus, more fun with Mayday's little brother as Tom DeFalco and Colleen Coover (AGE OF SENTRY) bring you LI'L BENJY, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-BABY! 32 PGS./Rated A ...$2.99
This book can't end now! It has to be saved.
Oh, that reminds me if you want to shoot off some questions to the creative crew behind Spider-Girl in November then all you need to do is download the program www.skype.com and a microphone for your computer.
Then add the handle "webheadspidey"
I'll have a date once the great people at the Spider-Man Crawlspace set it for their November Podcast.
Live callers will get a chance to tune in and ask questions to Spider-Girl creator Tom DeFalco and artist Ron Frenz.
Once everything is set up I'll post the date and hopefully those who are lurkers or new fans will join in for it.
Man, it seems like Marvel really wants to kill off the last truly redeemable Spidey title. Ever since "One More Day", poor Webhead has been nothing but Marvel's whipping boy.
Coincidently, this marks my 666th post, and Mephisto was in the "One More Day" story.
"One More Day"...ARGH! I can help but think of the 20 years of Spider-Man history, good & bad, are now null and void. But let's forget the tragedy that has happen to the 616 Spidey.
Let's focus back on Mayday Parker.
Here is two of my favorite moments from Spider-Girl #81:
Fantastic storytelling and these panels are just fill with 'awww' moments. I'm a sentimental fool so I love this stuff. It's kinda heartbreaking for me knowing that May and Peter will have a showdown later on in the current story arc in 'Amazing Spider-Girl'
SPIDER-MAN CRAWLSPACE Podcast Featured Guests: Spider-Girl creator and writer Tom DeFalco and artist Ron Frenz
Amazing Spider-Girl writer Tom DeFalco and artist Ron Frenz will be our guests on the November podcast. We’ll be talking about the possible cancelation of the title at issue # 30. We’ll be taking live callers and you can ask the two a question. We’re going to record the show on November 9th at 10am central time. If you would like to call in, you need to download the free program skype. You will also need a microphone for your computer. Once you get both of those, add my handle it’s “webheadspidey“. Remove the caps before you add me as a friend. Once you call in I’ll put you in the “green room” chat room. I’ll then take a caller at a time to talk to Tom and Ron. We’ve never done live callers with pros before, but these two fellas are good sports. So please have your questions ready to go once you get on the line. This should be fun! If you can’t call in, but want to ask them a question I have a thread started on the message board. I’ll post a reminder once we get closer to the date, but I wanted everyone to be aware of this special event at the Crawl Space.
Thoughts: Okay, Arana seems to be enjoying May's body alittle too much. The Black Tarantula is heading for New York but the question is will he recognize that Spider-Girl is not herself. Mayday now has to search for Arana and to drive her out of her body. Plus my supicions are correct it would seem, the third soul(blonde woman)is Aunt May. The New May seems to be cheerful doing her chores but Benjy still is unsettle by her. Can't wait to read the rest of the issue to see it unfold.
UPDATE of Spider-Man Crawl Space Podcast: Amazing Spider-Girl inker Sal Buscema will join Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz to discuss the possible cancellation of Amazing Spider-Girl and how the fans could help save the book. Live Callers and message board questions will be ask to the Spider-Girl Team, on November 9, 2008. Details Click Here: www.spidermancrawlspace.com/wordpress/?p=909
Spider-Girl Recieves the Gold Standard, from Comics Nexus by Grey Scherl
Ever heard of that one? It’s best known for being the first appearance of one of the most popular Spider-characters in the franchise. May “Mayday” Parker, the Amazing Spider-Girl.
I remember buying the issue at the local news stand and reading it on my walk home and immediately knowing something was special about it. It was just that kind of book, it inspired a thought in you that maybe there was something to the idea behind the future lineage of the Parker line. That maybe it would actually be possible to age Spider-Man and still maintain the same feel. It was a great book, and it even created its own little universe.
What If?! was canceled less than a year later with #114, and yet oddly enough, a mere eight months after her debut she had popped up again. Spider-Girl #0 hit stands, giving us a reprint of that What If?! issue as it led into one hundred issues and nearly eight years of fun and classic story telling. For those of us that read Marvel in the nineties it just felt right, it was the way we were with familiar. Team ups randomly, drama interspliced throughout the book, long lasting story arcs without numbered parts, the works. And as Marvel evolved into what it is today, Spider-Girl didn’t budge.
It was the lone survivor of the MC2 universe, as J2 and A-Next each ended at #12, while Wild Thing and Fantastic Five ended at #5. Spider-Girl supporting characters DarkDevil and The Buzz each got mini-series. A few years ago the universe hit a long overdue growth point starting with Last Hero Standing, a miniseries about the broader universe rather than just May. After that we had Last Planet Standing, A-Next, Fantastic Five, even American Dream. And darn near all of it was written by Tom DeFalco. That’s what I call a labor of love, for the past ten years the former Editor in Chief has done nothing but play in his own Spider sandbox (alright, so he does some other things throughout the industry, but still. I haven’t seen a non-MC2 book with his name on it hit the shelves at my LCS since he still wrote Spidey).
Spider-Girl had an immediate appeal to me as a reader, possibly the same appeal that Spider-Man had on my parents’ generation. Here was a character that was my age, was a believable teenager, and yet had amazing powers, and a spectacular lineage, and had to balance everything. Often attempted, rarely successful in my experience as a reader, and yet here’s one that worked. It was fun, witty, and most importantly had a strong ongoing plot. The characters felt natural, and most importantly, human. The book featured a well developed supporting cast, one that sticks around to this day with several gains and only a few losses, and the book has this wonderful habit of covering forgotten continuity.
Like Normie Osborn. And Kaine. Or the Scriers. Not to mention the fact that Ben Reilly existed in the first place. Though I’m possibly just bitter that these things I remember reading about growing up are wiped clean and forgotten.
Marvel, question, how are Harry and Norman both back from the dead, and yet there is no mention of Harry’s very alive son?
I’ve been watching May since the day she got her powers. I remember her first time out in a costume, dressed up like her Uncle Ben, I remember how she fought Normie Osborn in that issue. I remember Crazy Eight, Killerwatt, Mr. Abnormal, Mr. Nobody, Funny Face, Canis, Dragon King, Angel Face, Raptor, hell, I even remember Gerry Drew. I remember when Moose developed his crush on Courtney simply because he thought she was Spider-Girl, I also remember when Jimmy Yama almost killed him with a punch to the neck. How about when May did something that her dad thought was impossible and ended the Parker/Osborn feud by taking on Normie Osborn as one of her best friends and helping him find his redemption? She survived and talked down a psychotic Green Goblin, and befriended him for life, WHILE POWERLESS!
Spider-Girl took the last few years of Spider-Man before it was relaunched under Howard Mackie’s pencil and it rewrote them to be more akin to what Tom DeFalco had in mind. During the Final Chapter, when Peter discovered that it was Aunt May who had been secretly alive, we saw a drastic shift. In the MC2 world, Peter’s aunt died in Amazing #400, there was no actress with altered DNA. It was May Parker. Kaine, the failed clone of Peter Parker, personally rescued Peter’s daughter and returned her to Peter and Mary Jane, giving them the chance to raise their own daughter. Two years after she was returned to them, the Final Chapter happened and wound up being the final showdown for Peter and Norman. Norman was killed, and Peter lost his leg. Spider-Man’s days as a super hero were over, and Peter Parker’s days as a responsible father were just beginning. He took a job working for the police as a scientist, working alongside Phil Urich (the Good Goblin) to fight the good fight without powers or costumes.
May grew into the perfect mix of her parents; the grace, beauty, and natural popularity of her mother, while she inherited her father’s intellect, sense of responsibility…..and Spider powers.
Her early days were met with hurdles, of course. Her first battle against the Green Goblin ended with victory, but she and her parents burnt the costume she wore and the gear. Of course, she has her father’s responsibility, so do you really think that would last? She donned a black costume made up of gym clothes and a ski mask, and sought training from other sources while trying her hardest to keep her parents from discovering she was trying to be a hero. This lasted about six issues. Thankfully, despite her parent’s constant protests, May was able to get her father to train her, as well as her Uncle Phil.
She adopted the costume of her Uncle Ben, who died before she was born. She was raised with stories about how great of a man he was, about the kind of hero he was. Never in her life has she been told that he was the clone of Peter Parker, always that he was Peter’s cousin that was as close as a brother. And to be honest, I’m quite glad. Ben was a major part of DeFalco’s Spider-Man era, and a huge part of May’s origin. His legacy kept carrying on throughout the book as we saw things like Felicity Hardy, the new Scarlet Spider; or when Peter and MJ had their second child, a son named Ben, and May asked which of their Uncle Ben’s he was named after and Peter asked “Does it matter?” Or I could just bring up Reilly Tyne, the enigimatic Darkdevil, otherwise known as the bastard son of Ben Reilly.
Over the past ten years we’ve really had a chance to watch May mature; from her starts as the headstrong daughter of Spider-Man, going by natural ability rather than skill as she tried to satiate her sense of responsibility without proper training, to the now incredibly competent, and incredibly well training hero. Her list of teachers? Peter Parker, Phil Urich, Normie Osborn, the Ladyhawks, the Avengers, Elektra, the list goes on and on. She’s created ties and connections all throughout the MC2 universe, as it lives and breathes through her title. And as she’s grown older, and wiser, her villains have grown that much more dangerous. The Venom symbiote had returned from time to time to cause trouble, providing her with an early rival that was completely out of her league. Normie’s time as the Goblin was a bigger test then most people would think at first glance, since it was her first appearance and she won, but he’s been a dangerous villain in his time. She even had to deal with the new Raptor on several levels, both as a nemesis before her reformation, and then in a love triangle afterwards when May realized she loved Normie and Brenda (Raptor) was getting engaged to him.
There’s also one of my favorite Spider-Man villains who came back, Roderick Kingsley. The original, and greatest, Hobgoblin. Kingsley is easily the most dangerous villain she’s ever faced, having shown his ruthlessness from the start, and the fact that he’s a kind of Goblin that a Spider rarely faces….a sane one. Making matters worse, he eventually took control of the New York underworld, making life for our favorite wall crawler even worse! There was also a time when Carnage returned and took over her friend Moose, the results of which left her brother deaf, and Moose hating Spider-Girl.
Ahhhh, nostalgia. How I love it, how I adore it. MC2 has been telling old school stories in a modern setting for the past ten years, it was Ultimate Marvel before there was an Ultimate Marvel. It proved to us that you don’t need to start from scratch to tell new stories in the old feel, that sometimes the best way is to just move forward. We have an aged, graying Peter Parker with a wife and two kids, with a real full time job. We have Mary Jane who’s trying to make the conversion from home maker into part time guidance counselor, while being a mother of two….where one happens to be a super hero. Think about that and the character development that comes along with it. Peter and Mary Jane are parents of a super hero, they have to sit back every day and hope their daughter comes home, that nothing horrible happens to her. Peter has, on more than one occasion, put his own life on the line to try and save her, but how much can a one legged Spider-Man truly do against the likes of Hobgoblin or Fury, the Goblin Queen?
Just the existence of the title goes to show that the editorial mandates of Marvel are unneeded. Why do we need a single Peter Parker when we have proof that the character actually gains more depth when his responsibilities grow to encompass kids and a real job? I don’t need to feel like Spidey is my age, that doesn’t impress me or help me relate to him, it just makes for frustration. I remember a few years ago when Peter was teaching high school science, and now he’s my age again. You can’t subtract years. Ugh.
You know what’s priceless? May doing her web-slinging when all of the sudden her phone rings and she has to manage a secret identity conversation with one of her friends while trying to fight the bad guys. Or May having a crush on Franklin Richards of the Fantastic Five that is utterly destroyed by her dad outing her as fifteen to the older teen, that was a great moment too. I can honestly do this all day, just bring up moments in the book that I remember fondly; like the time when she helped return Reed and Sue Richards to her Marvel universe. I really need to stop doing that and just go ahead and make a point.
May has grown up around us, before our very eyes. From a fifteen year old girl with newly manifesting powers and an urge to be a super hero despite her parent’s wishes against it, to a seventeen year old card-carrying Avenger who’s saved the world with her parents blessing on countless occasions. No matter what happens, one thing is always for sure where May is concerned. Even when she hangs up the webs, we know it’s not the end of her. Responsibility like her fathers is going to keep our girl in the webs for a long, long time…..even if we’re not going to get to see it.
In a post One More Day world, we had but one refuge, the little book that could. Ten years of amazing story telling, and a hundred and thirty-one original issues, and she will always be our girl.
I’ll miss you May, there will always be a Spider-Girl shaped hole in my heart now that I’m without your presence.
At the same time, this is like, the sixth time that this has happened. So the rest of you fans, you know the drill, and to those who are new to the table….get your pens and paper ready, and start writing. Snail mail campaigns work! Just ask the guys over at the Spider-Girl message boards, they’re the experts.
Did you know that Spider-Girl is the longest running female solo book in Marvel’s history?
Last Edit: Jan 7, 2009 11:17:52 GMT -5 by danman007
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