Does Anyone Here Read Spider Man And/Or Spider Girl?

Postby WB on Fri Feb 08, 2002 4:39 am

I'm a bit depressed since Marvel is getting ready to cancel Spider Girl which COINCIDENTALLY is written BETTER than the Spider Man books. A decent female heroine and immediately its grounds for cancellation since everyone else slavers over the "bad girl" books. And people wonder why there are so few female role models in comics. the good ones arent promoted, arent carried and are almost always flunked over <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/frown.gif"><P>**sigh** I'll go into more detail later - just wondering if anyone else here read comics and whatnot, and what you read - particularly the Spider series<P>------------------

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Postby SSDogbert22 on Fri Feb 08, 2002 7:50 am

I know how you feel Dub... Favorite series canceled that is.<P>I personaly don't read any comics besides Ranma 1/2, Tenchi Muyo, and (soon) Slayers. Not much TV either (That'd cut into my precious Internet Time. ^_^)<P>However, it REALLY SUCKS That the series was cancelled.
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Postby WB on Sat Feb 09, 2002 2:40 am

I got it. Its actually a very good issue - and I wont spoil the ending <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/biggrin.gif"><P>However - since Quesada has become editor in chief the infamous C word has NOT BEEN MENTIONED ONCE.<P>CLONECLONECLONECLONECLONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<P>Paul Jenkins's Spider Man is curently THE BEST version. But I dont think that this campaign is going to help May. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspace.com/forums/frown.gif"> i dont think marvel WANTS it to continue to be honest. They certainly dont seem to promote it and ever have. They could if they wanted to - they promote the MILLION AND ONE x Books no matter how small.<P>
This post I found on the Comicboards MMB pretty much sums up my feelings on Spiderman:<P>Tom DeFalco has taken on the responsibility for providing the closure to that which was a rude slap in the face to everyone who'd followed The Spiderman Clone Saga. <P>In the current Spideyverse, MJ is gone, Pete is alone, the baby is dead. The entire Spider "family" consists of Pete and Aunt May.<P>In the Spider-Girl universe, Peter Parker actually has a family again. He's not a kid, he's not even Spider-Man, but he's still interesting, and Spider-Man or not, I care about what happens to him. It's extremely conforting to know that, despite everything, Pete "makes it." He hasn't quite (yet!) lived to a ripe old age, but he's got a good job he enjoys, a loving wife, another baby on the way, and a daughter who wants to carry on the legacy of the webs. I wasn't much interested in May Parker at first, and I read it to see Mom and Dad. Now I read it for the interaction among all the characters. What everybody says is true...it grew on me. It's a good book. It did it on its own merits. <P>I don't count Spider-Girl out yet, but it's obvious how little Marvel cares about it by how little it's promoted and hyped. I think it's admirable of fans to try to save something they care so much about by buying extra copies, but the burden of the success or failure of this publication should rest on the back of its publisher, whose primary task is to ensure the success of its product. Does a loyal fan base count for nothing at all? I understand the cost of printing, etc., but it's not as though the company isn't in the BUSINESS of publishing comics. I don't think any medieval scribes have been resurrected to letter and gild this one particular publication, thereby inciting cost overruns. Neither is Spider-Girl produced at a loss. This is about the perception of shoddy marketing couched instead, and falsely, within the language of economics. <P>I personally believe that there is very little willingness within Marvel to support the Spider-Girl universe. I think that all the things which make it unique and interesting (the Spider-family) are what's regarded as an obstacle to the swingin', de-aged, "single" Peter Parker being created so insistently in the main books. I think some people are threatened by the mention of Ben Reilly's existence, Aunt May's death, May's kidnapping--which is, of course, the biggest "obstacle" of all--the existence of the Spider-Baby, Spider-Girl herself, whose mere existence slaps twenty irrevocable years onto her father. <P>Regardless of what happens, I'd like to thank the Spider-Girl team, and especially Tom D, for not leaving things in the hasty, unmarked grave where they were thrown after Peter Parker #75. I'll never get Ben Reilly back, ever, but the baby, and the family--to see it continue, strong and whole--that helps. So did seeing a Peter Parker who not only remembered that he HAD a brother, but that he'd been a hero.<P>For everybody, if you don't currently read Spider-Girl, this month, give it a flip.
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Postby Charles RB on Sat Feb 09, 2002 2:47 am

To Marvel, I say BAH AND FEH!
I really wanna get issue 44 (Ben Reilly! YAY!) but I can only get it from either London or Guilford. BUGGER AND BLAST!<P>Try <A HREF="http://www.savemayday.com" TARGET=_blank>www.savemayday.com</A> on info on how to express your dislike of this decision...WITHOUT resorting to letter bombs. ^_^<P>BTW, Paul Jenkins on PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN is doing a better job though. Case in point; The Mime Gang. ^_^
Still not as good as JM DeMattis' "Legion of Losers" and Gibbon/Grizzly stories (and Spidey as the Bombastic Bag-man; the inspiration for Greliz?).
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