Written by Joe Naz (@Naz_islike)
Here we have a new series I’ll be starting, COMIC BOOK TRIVIA! We’ll start off with one of my favorite and most well known icons, Spider-Man. If you know any more cool facts about this web slinger then go rite ahead and sound off in the comments. They’ll be a part 2 that I’ll do that will cover more of 80’s and 90’s era trivia about our favorite friendly neighbor hood wall crawler!
1. Aunt May & Uncle Ben’s have a story in Strange Tales #97 (1962) titled “Goodbye to Linda Brown!” They take care of a young woman and help nurse her back into care. Time for the M. Night Shyamalan twist… turns out the woman is a mermaid and must return to Atlantis. Seems like a story they really should have shared with Peter Parker.
2. Aunt May makes a cameo appearance in Tales of Suspense #7 (1960) “I Come from the Shadow World” written by Stan Lee with Jack Kirby as artist.
3. Jack “The King” Kirby would go on to draw a few sample pages of Amazing Spider-Man, but Stan Lee would go on to choose Steve Ditko. Stan would say that he wanted the hero to be slender in appearance but Kirby kept drawing him to muscular. Kirby was mostly known for his more muscular heroes such as Thor, Fantastic Four, and the Hulk.
4. Strange Tales Annual Vol 1 #2 “On the Trail of the Amazing Spider-Man” would be one of the very few stories Jack Kirby got to illustrate.
5. John Romita SR, who would later take over art duties for Amazing Spider-Man, first drew his version of Spider-Man in Daredevil #16 written by Stan Lee. He would go on to create some of Marvel’s classic villains such as Kingpin, Rhino and Shocker. He would also finally reveal to readers to looks of the long mysterious Mary Jane Watson. He would go on to say that “I used Ann-Margret from the movie Bye Bye Birdie as a guide.”
6. In the letters in Amazing Spider-Man #17, a fan known as Doug Moench was featured in a letter loving the series and the Green Goblin. Doug Moench would later go on and create Black Mask, Moon Knight, Deathlok and Bane.
7. Stan Lee would go on to ditch the Comic Code Authority for issues 96-98 of The Amazing Spider-Man. He could go on to write a story about Harry Osborn and his drug abuse after the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare ask Stan if he could use comics to help spread awareness of the powerful effects of drug abuse. Breaking the Comics Code would go on to hit mainstream media such as the New York Times. Because of Marvel, the Comics Code Authority would allow writers and artist to deal with the subjects of drugs, which was completely taboo before, as long as it was portrayed as a vicious habit.
8. In the original printing of Amazing Spider-Man #121 Spider-Man says he sees the Green Goblin at the George Washington Bridge and the fate for Gwen Stacy is fought. The only problem is that that’s not the George Washington Bridge they are fighting on, it’s the Brooklyn Bridge. Seems there was a bit of miscommunication with the writer Gerry Conway and the artist Gil Kane on this issue. With future reprints, Spider-Man’s speech would correct this error.
9. Spider-Man was becoming quite the hot commodity in the 70’s. He was even pushed into having his own car. Some of you may remember the spectacular Spider-Mobile! It was essentially a dune buggy but had a matching paint job that worked with Spider-Mans outfit. For fuck sake it even had Spider-Man’s face on the rims. Truly a fantastic piece of work. The writer Gerry Conway would go on to talk about this historic event by saying “Some toy company came to Marvel and said they could sell a whole bunch of Spider-Man toys if Spidey had a car. So Stan told us to give Spider-Man a car. I pointed out that Spider was a web-swinger and cars go on the ground, a potential conflict. Stan said he didn’t care how we did it as long as we gave Spidey a car. He even said we could sink it if we wanted.” Spider-Mobile would make it’s appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #130 and would later sink into the bottom of the river in Amazing Spider-Man #141.
10. In 1978, Spider-Man would have his own TV series in Japan through Toei Company. You may know of this company from shows such as Dragonball series, Sailor Moon, and One Piece. This TV series really didn’t have to much to do with our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Peter Parker’s equivalent in this show would be a man named Takuya Yamashiro, a 22-year-old motocross racer. Takuya sees a UFO named Marveller from the planet Spider, falling from the sky. His father, who is a scientist goes on to investigate and ends up dead, our Uncle Ben moment. Takuya would eventually make it to the crash site and find out alien named Garia, the last survivor of Planet Spider. Is this blowing your mind yet, go ahead admit it. So Garia tells Takuya that he needs him to go and fight the Iron Army and avenge his world. Garia injects Takuya with his own blood so now Takuya has the powers of Spider-Man. He gets a bracelet that controls his costume, his web shooters, and basically a freaking Gundam. This series went on to have 41 episodes and a movie!
Follow us on Facebook at For The Bl0g