Spider-Man Marvel Adventures #9 The Simplicity of Spidey

I’m a guy over 40. And I’m bitter about Spider-Man. 
Yes, I can admit it.  Sad? Yes, in a way…but it’s my story and I’m sticking with it.  I’m not proud.

I have stacks of Essential volumes and have read them all…Amazing! Spectacular!!  Whatever, the character is welded in to my psyche. Thousands and thousands of pages were undone by a simple, melodramatic, storyline some years back when it was “revealed” that Gwen Stacy was actually having barely legal sex with Norman Osborne (Green Goblin) and had kids that would hunt Spidey down later.  And we got to see that barely legal sex…fuck this. I’m not reading Spider-Man anymore.  Nostalgia is great and I still love the books that I enjoy (hey, Spectacular Spider-Man was tons of fun!)–but that was it.
I have a boy that is almost six. He deserves Spider-Man.  But could I pick up one of the current books for him to enjoy?  No. No. No.
I know Marvel has launched several attempts at kids lines, and I do love Superhero Squad, but my friend Ted of Chamber of Comics popped the new Marvel Adventures into my sons Christmas presents (with a way cool MODOK toy) and we read it.

While it isn’t really for me, we had a blast reading this. Spider-Man decides that everyone thinks he is a menace, so he becomes the Kick Ass styled character AGENT 9.  That is sort of fun and he gets a way over the top bit of Superhero costuming that I liked a lot.  The writing by Paul Tobin is smart and funny and doesn’t get bogged down in mundane details. The art is bright without being either too far away from looking vaguely human or too close to the dreary and boring “reality” of most Marvel books these days.  And I laughed and remembered why I loved Spidey…that was reflected back in my sons enthusiasm.  He’ll have these too read from now on. 

And I’ll have my Spidey memories…I still need that Spider-Man omnibus edition that collects all of the Ditko run!

Read this page and try not to chuckle…good art and writing that leads to a big fight with The Vulture. Awesome.  Click for a full sized version to check out.

And my son co-wrote this “review” with me…I figured at nearly 6 he was ready.  He didn’t contribute to the salty language, but he thinks this page shows how awesome Spider-Man is.  And it’s true, the brilliant first story in Amazing Fantasy was so compact, and this one page gets it.  Click and see why Spidey will always work. 

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3 thoughts on “Spider-Man Marvel Adventures #9 The Simplicity of Spidey

  1. “Thousands and thousands of pages were undone by a simple, melodramatic, storyline some years back when it was “revealed” that Gwen Stacy was actually having barely legal sex with Norman Osborne (Green Goblin) and had kids that would hunt Spidey down later.”

    I was never reading Spider-Man regulary, so I missed this train-wreck when it was published. How anyone could think this was a good idea is beyond me.

    But the later idea to delete the marriage between Peter and MJ with a deal with the devil just because a “free” Peter is more “relevant” according to the PTB is just as harebrained. It´s story-telling like this which made me avoid Marvel today. That and the 3.99 pricetag. To re-read the old stuff is so much more fun.

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  2. So true Andy, I can get an Essential Spider-Man volume for about 14 dollars new (or older ones in a 5 buck bin!)…this new stuff is just beyond me.
    I have a friend that is a retailer and he tells me about the books and just listening to the plots makes me feel like Marvel owes me 3.99.

    FrankenCastle? Ugh.

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  3. “FrankenCastle? Ugh.”

    Lol. As pathetic as this concept sounds, it is still miles ahead of AngelPunisher, this horrible Golden/Sniegoski collaboration at the end of the 90s which back then was the last coffin nail for the character.

    Sometimes Marvel´s editors just don´t know when to say No! 🙂

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