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THE UNTOLD STORY

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    This is not an April Fools joke.

    Above, you’ll see John Romita’s original art for the cover to Amazing Spider-Man #121. That issue contains one of the most important stories in the history of Marvel Comics; if you’re not familiar with it, you can read plenty about it at its Wikipedia page. It was written by Gerry Conway.

    It’s also the basis for the next Spider-Man movie, which comes out next month.

    Now, you’d think that Sony Pictures could find a seat for Gerry Conway. But according to the author of “The Night Gwen Stacy Died,” Sony has yet to acknowledge him.

    Last year I went to a press screening of Fox Entertainment’s THE WOLVERINE with Chris Claremont, the writer of the movie’s source material. Claremont was my plus one—he hadn’t been invited to a premiere or a screening. We watched the closing credits together, searching in vain for his name. (Marvel Entertainment and its parent corporation, The Walt Disney Company, have their own checkered history with treatment of talent, but neither THE WOLVERINE nor AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 were produced by them.)

    Do you think this is acceptable behavior toward creators? Should Gerry Conway have to take to social media to get an invitation the premiere of a movie based on his work? It’s not like he’s asking for any of the QUARTER OF A BILLION DOLLARS the movie is expected to bring in at the box office.

    Here is Gerry Conway’s Twitter account; have a look. And please consider helping him get the word out.

    #inviteGerryConway


    UPDATE:

    Props to Justin Sullivan at the LA Times for covering this.
    http://herocomplex.latimes.com/movies/amazing-spider-man-2-gerry-conway-campaigns-for-premiere-invite/

    — 3 weeks ago with 276 notes
    #spider-man  #spider man  #gerry conway  #gwen stacy  #invitegerryconway  #john romita  #gil kane 
    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marvel Comics fanSo here’s a picture of Philip Seymour Hoffman, circa 1987, hanging out in a dreadfully maintained NYU dorm room. In addition to piled-up plates, discarded socks, buckling bookshelves, and unshuttable drawers, there are issues of Spin and Vanity Fair and Playbill strewn across the room.  But what’s that behind Hoffman’s shoulder, given pride of place, neatly hung above the desk, safe from the maelstrom? Two issues of The Amazing Spider-Man. As if we needed one more thing to love about Philip Seymour Hoffman, he was the kind of guy who actually put superhero comic books on his walls in college.Rest in peace, Philip Seymour Hoffman. We already miss you.

    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marvel Comics fan

    So here’s a picture of Philip Seymour Hoffman, circa 1987, hanging out in a dreadfully maintained NYU dorm room. In addition to piled-up plates, discarded socks, buckling bookshelves, and unshuttable drawers, there are issues of Spin and Vanity Fair and Playbill strewn across the room. 

    But what’s that behind Hoffman’s shoulder, given pride of place, neatly hung above the desk, safe from the maelstrom? Two issues of The Amazing Spider-Man. As if we needed one more thing to love about Philip Seymour Hoffman, he was the kind of guy who actually put superhero comic books on his walls in college.

    Rest in peace, Philip Seymour Hoffman. We already miss you.

    — 2 months ago with 1517 notes
    #philip seymour hoffman  #spider man 

    The Amazing Spider-Man #284, January 1987. Cover by Ron Frenz. Tom DeFalco, plot; Ron Frenz, storytelling; “ably assisted” by Jim Owsley, script; and Brett Breeding, pencils. Josef Rubinstein, inks; Rick Parker, lettering, Bob Sharen, colorist; Jim Salicrup, editor; Jim Shooter, editor-in-chief.
    The Amazing Spider-Man #284, April 1987. Cover by David Mazzuchelli. Jim Owsley, script; Erik Larsen, pencils; Art Nichols, inks; Rick Parker; letters; Julianna Ferriter, colors; Jim Salicrup, editor; Jim Shooter, editor-in-chief.

    As you can see from the credits, things were a little tumultuous at the time. Jim Owsley talks about it here; and Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz, who remember things differently, talk about it here.

    There are some fascinating anecdotes in these accounts, and the whole story is one the many detours I could have taken in Marvel Comics: The Untold Story had I had more time and space.

    — 2 months ago with 341 notes
    #spider man  #ron frenz  #tom defalco  #jim owsley  #brett breeding  #Joe Rubinstein  #rick parker  #bob sharen  #jim salicrup  #erik larsen  #art nichols  #julianna ferriter  #jim shooter  #daredevil 
    superdames:

PLEASE LET IT BE THE BEGINNING OF THAT SPIDER-WOMAN
—Spidey Super Stories #11 (1975) script by Jean Thomas, art by Win Mortimer & Mike Esposito

    superdames:

    PLEASE LET IT BE THE BEGINNING OF THAT SPIDER-WOMAN

    —Spidey Super Stories #11 (1975) script by Jean Thomas, art by Win Mortimer & Mike Esposito

    — 3 months ago with 1611 notes
    #spider-woman  #jean thomas  #Winslow Mortimer  #Mike Esposito  #spider man  #spider woman  #vulture 
    Amazing Fantasy #15, September 1962. Art by Steve Ditko. Words by Stan Lee.

    Amazing Fantasy #15, September 1962. Art by Steve Ditko. Words by Stan Lee.

    — 3 months ago with 59 notes
    #amazing fantasy  #steve ditko  #stan lee  #spiderman  #spider man  #peter parker