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Marvel Unlimited Edition: ‘Spider-Man’ Minus Spider-Man


The Marvel Unlimited app is a gigantic, messy cache of awesome and terrible old comic books: a library of 13,000 or so back issues of Marvel titles, available on demand for subscribers with tablets or mobile phones. Like any good back-room longbox, it’s disorganized and riddled with gaps, but it’s also full of forgotten and overlooked jewels, as well as a few stone classics. In Marvel Unlimited Edition, Eisner-winning critic Douglas Wolk dives into the Unlimited archive to find its best, oddest and most intriguing comics.

In this week's edition: Replacing Peter Parker with Otto Octavius for 31 issues was a neat demonstration of how strong Spider-Man's supporting cast is -- and The Superior Foes of Spider-Man has removed its title character from the equation altogether and gotten a terrific series out of it. Even before the big mind-swap, though, there was a little tradition of Spider-Man comics without Spider-Man in them. (He doesn't appear in Amazing Spider-Man #654.1 or #676, for instance, both among 2011's best done-in-one issues of the series.) Here are some of the most entertaining examples on Marvel Unlimited.

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Bizarro Back Issues: Spider-Man Battles Electro On A Talk Show (1970)

Amazing Spider-Man #82, Stan Lee and John Romita Sr.

I didn't make it out to the theater to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 this weekend -- I had some crucial paint drying that needed to be watched -- but all the hype surrounding it actually did make me want to go back and read some classic Spider-Man stories. The only question was which one would have everything that I wanted, which was pretty tricky since I've only really seen Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone lately thanks to their appearances on The Tonight Show.

But then I found one of the all-time classics, Amazing Spider-Man #89, the one where Spider-Man has to go to the laundromat with a bag on his head because he's trying to get money by appearing as a guest on a talk show. It's even got Electro in it -- although I don't think any of the other 83 villains from the movie make an appearance.

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Gerry Conway Vies For A Seat At ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Premiere; Sony Pictures Yet To Respond

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If early reports are accurate, one of writer Gerry Conway's most famous Spider-Man stories has been adapted in the new The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie. Yet the studio behind the movie, Sony Pictures, has yet to contact or acknowledge the writer.

According to a post on Marvel Comics: The Untold Story author Sean Howe's Tumblr, Conway has been vying for a seat at the movie's premiere, even starting up a Twitter hashtag (#inviteGerryConway) to rally support. (Though Conway later undercut just how real the campaign is, calling it only "partly serious.")

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Holiday Gift Guide: ‘Spider-Man: Rock Reflections Of A Superhero’

Spider-Man: Rock Reflections Of A Superhero

When it comes to the holiday gift-giving season, comic book readers are notoriously difficult to shop for. I mean, most of us are down at the shop buying our favorite stuff every single week, so when the time comes for people who like us to get us something we want, well, a lot of times we already have it. That’s why we’re stepping in with a public service, bringing you comics-related items sure to make the season brighter, whether you’re browsing for a gift or just looking for something to drop hints about so that you don’t get stuck with a random assortment of back issues again.

On the off chance that you're buying a gift for someone who likes Spider-Man and rolicking, non-theatrical musicals, don't bother with that whole Broadway fiasco. Instead, grab the original Spider-Man musical from 1975, in which Doctor Octopus sings a song about finally defeating the Silver Surfer.

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Best Art Ever (This Week): Arcade Fire, the Fresh Prince, Humpty Hump and More


We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.

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50 Years Later: Growth And Maturity in Amazing Spider-Man 1-50


In the beginning, Peter Parker was fifteen years old. He was too young for full manhood, but too old to be treated like a child. He was coddled by his family and abused by his peers. He was a beloved nephew and professional wallflower, a bitter bookworm and great student...

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IDW Announces Reprints of Eisner’s Spirit, Romita’s Spider-Man and Wood’s EC Comics [Comic-Con]


Following Eisner wins for Best Graphic Album - Reprint and Best Publication Design for Dave Stevens' The Rocketeer Artist's Edition, IDW Publishing has announced three more products in the prestigious Artist's Edition line: Will Eisner's The Spirit, John Romita, Sr...

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Link Ink — John Romita, Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Bagge


-- Hero Complex gives us a peek at John Romita Sr.'s return to Spideydom with a 600th anniversary issue, on sale July 22.

-- Alex Grecian and Riley Rossmo's Image comic book series, "Proof," has been optioned for animated TV by Kickstart Entertainment ­and rumor has it that Samuel L. Ja...

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Hero Hits Canada’s Fan Expo 2007

Press Release

Come to The Hero Initiative's booth #645 to see Ty Templeton, John Romita Sr. and John Romita Jr., Michael Golden and C.B. Cebulski and a whole lot more!

Not only does The Hero Initiative have stellar booth talent, but Frank Quitely will be donating an art piece, which will be raffled off via silent auction and it is the only way to get a piece of his artwork at Fan Expo


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Save The Date: Hero Art Gallery Opening On August 31


Press Release

The Hero Initiative, a Los Angeles based nonprofit that caters to the comic book industry, announced today that the art gallery opening of its newest benefit product, The 3-minute Sketchbook, will take place on Friday, August 31, 2007


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