F.A.Q. : Finding Stuff
The address for Marvel Comics is printed on the Letters Page of Amazing Spider-Man each month. To save you from reaching for your latest copy, here it is:
c/o Marvel Comics
135 West 50th Street
New York, NY
Web Page is at:
They probably get tons of mail, so don't be disappointed if they don't seem to want to tell you how to get a job drawing comics, or if they can't seem to be bothered explaining just how Wolverine's pre-X-men continuity fits together.
Here at SpiderFan we do occasionally have contact with some of the Marvel editors. But that's is all under strict confidence. We will not pass on contact details under any circumstances, so please don't ask.
Getting a job creating comics for Marvel is about as hard as becoming a Hollywood actor. Sure you might have plenty of talent, but that's not sufficient in the slightest.
First of all, don't bother writing to us. There's absolutely nothing we here at SpiderFan can do for you. We're not agents and we're not talent scouts. Sure, many of the team have helped out with research on the various Marvel Encyclopeadia, but we're still not in any position to give you a leg up into the comic creation business.
Instead, let me point you at a couple of web sites:
If you really want my advice, here it is:
Study and practice. Produce a ton of samples, freelance for anyone you can find. Starve a bit, travel and see the world. Get a lucky break. Make a hit with spotty, pre-pubescent fan-boys, demand your own Spider-Man title, break away and set up Spawn, or an alternative universe under contract for Marvel. Produce merchandise and trading cards which make up 80% of your profit. Retire and move to L.A. Live in fear.
Try the following address:
Paradise Press Inc
1575 N Park Dr Ste 100
Weston, FL 33326
The same way they can send one to the Easter Bunny. Use a postbox.
Really, I don't know why people ask this question, but they do. All you need is somebody willing to let you use their address and pretend to be Spidey. I presume what people are really asking when they ask me this question is either:
- Hey Jonathan, you're an obsessive collector and sarcastic jerk who lives on the other side of the world. Can you please lie to my six-year-old, and we'll hope they don't ask why Spider-Man lives in New Zealand not America. Or...
- Hey Jonathan, there must be a lot of money in pretending to be Spider-Man, so I'm assuming that somebody does that for a living. Please tell me what their address is, and do they take cash or credit card.
Regarding the first, sadly the conditions of my parole state that I am not to pass within 100 yards of a school or have contact with children under eighteen. I'm also not permitted to feed squirrels, even though the associated charge was dismissed under plea bargain. There is no justice.
Regarding the second, there was a company who ran a profitable operation answering Spider-Man letters, but they got taken over in a hostile takeover by a SantaMail, Inc. who promptly shut them down to get rid of the competition. But if you're an entrepreneurial type, maybe there's a business idea for you. Good luck!
On a more serious note. If you really do have somebody that you really, really need to trick into believing they are talking with Spider-Man (or Peter Parker, or Stan Lee) then SpiderFan can assist you with plenty of information. We're just not in any position to be the actual correspondent. You will need to open a Hotmail or Gmail account and undertake that role yourself.
Of course, if your child/grandchild/student simply wishes to communicate with fellow SpiderFans, then may we recommend the Spider-Man Notice-Board.
Also, anybody wishing to contact the SpiderFan website is very welcome to use our Mail Form to send a letter to me (The Editor). I answer all sensible emails with kindness and consideration. For examples of how I answer non-sensible emails, check out our Letters : Editor section.
Last but not least, if you or your protege has a particular request for specific information regarding a Spider-Man comic, book, character, creator, or event... then you can offer your supplications to The Spider-Oracle, who will (if suitably entreated) search his all-knowing mind to provide the wisdom you seek.
Sorry, I don't know of any formal Spider-Man club, official or otherwise.
You can always join a list-server email club at eGroups or somewhere similar.
We don't have one. Running and moderating an active forum is a full-time job and we just can't do everything. Anyhow, the one at ComicBoards is so good that we can't even imagine trying to compete!
When we hear about active and useful Spider-Man chat rooms we include them amongst our Fan Links.
In the past few years there's been a resurgence of Spidey coloring books. You can find descriptions of nearly all of them in our Comics section (which also includes Books).
So why don't we scan a whole heap of coloring-in pics and put them on the website? Umm... 'cos that would be illegal? And we try very hard to stay within the rights of Fair Use.
Do we offer a service where we send out bootleg scans to people who ask us? Nope. Not even if they ask really nicely and their three year old son is a huge Spider-Man fan.
There are over 42,000 files on this site, over 1.3Gb of data, text and images. There are reviews of more than 3600 Spider-Man comics. Cover images are used to clarify which comic is being reviewed. Here is the Comics Index.
There are also encyclopedia articles related to many famous Spidey-related Characters, and most of these have a small image gallery to assist in the description.
But we're not a Spider-Man gallery site. We focus on review and discussion, not graphics. This is partly because of the limitations of Fair Use. But's also because I personally don't find it interesting to just scan images.
We used to have some fan fiction, but it was so out of date and poorly maintained that it really didn't do Spidey justice. Running a fan fiction site is basically a full time job by itself, and we can't do everything. Instead we'll simply maintain a set of Fan Links.
If you run a large fiction site which contains a significant amount of Spider-Man related fan fiction then Mail Me and maybe we'll link to it.
You'll find plenty of info about old TV Shows and Movies on our Shows page. But if you're trying to keep up with cutting edge gossip regarding current or upcoming TV Shows or Movies, then sorry, we can't help you!
Have a look in each of the sections to figure out which one best matches your query. Also try the Search Engine.
If you really get stuck, Mail Me.