To the Editor (27-Feb-2019)

From Dimos

I've noticed the site isn't being updated anymore. Are there any plans to have updates to the titles? I used to do a lot of work regarding the Variant covers. I'm wondering if we are now able to change the category of certain titles (i.e. from reprints to promo section).

The answer to "are we updating the site" is Yes... and No.

You might have noticed we had a bit of a re-design on the site to announce our brand new mission!

See our News item is now "Spider-Man 1962-2015". The plan is now that we will cover the first "50 Years of Spider-Man" from 1962-2015. We are no longer tracking or reviewing Spider-Man appearances from 2016 onward.

So YES, we're still reviewing comics and books, with the goal of reviewing EVERY Spider-Man appearance up to 2015, including variant covers (according to our Inclusion Guidelines).

But NO, we will not be reviewing or tracking the new titles as they come out.

From RossM

I was looking at the reviews for the first time in quite a while and noted the one for the Spidey Romita Artifact edition. I really felt compelled to let you know that there were a couple of serious misconceptions that dominated the review.

Firstly, 'Artifact editions' differ from 'Artist Editions' not because of size (though that may differ too) but because they present incomplete material. The presented pages are 'artifacts', i.e. not necessarily the whole story. (I notice the Romita Artifacts edition added more non-original pages than usual to ensure there were some complete tales).

Secondly, and more importantly, the art is not up-scaled. They do present the true viewing experience. Marvel art pages changed size around 1967 - when the stories became less wordy, changed to fewer panels and (at least for a time) became simpler and more prone to continuing stories. The Amazing Spider-Man annual 5 is one of those few comics with a mix of large and small pages.

Thanks for that clarification. The review for John Romita's The Amazing Spider-Man Artifact Edition (IDW) has been updated to reflect those corrections.

From Rob N

Regarding The Loners, I was just wondering if you had plans for someone to review this book. I wasn't sure if you were aware that in addition to the original members of Excelsior w/ ties to Spidey, (Phil Urich & Ricochet of Slingers 'fame') Mattie Franklin also appears in this book, in costume no less.

Absolutely we intend to review them (eventually) because of Mattie's appearance.

We plan to review every single book on the site that has an appearance level of "Spider-Man Parody" or higher. See our Appearance Levels F.A.Q. for a complete list of the appearance levels for issues on this site.

From Dominic

Firstly, i just like to say thanks Mr Editor for getting me back into comics. I had drifted out of the habit mainly due to the expense and crappyiness of the titles i liked at the time, but after reading your websites reviews of the newer issues i decided to start reading again. Also it was encouraging to find i am not the only one in New Zealand who still likes comics!

My question is, what do you think is the best way to store a collection of comic books? Ive been mostly keeping mine in stacks in various places for a few years and some have faired better than others.I was thinking maybe a filing cabinet or something. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

That entirely depends on budget, floor-space, and how permanent your location is!

Most fans use "long boxes" or "short boxes" made or cardboard, and stacked into towers, especially if they live in rented accommodation. I know a guy with something like 30,000 comics who just keeps them in stacked cardboard boxes because his rental agreement doesn't allow him to build shelving units.

I own my own house and plan to stay long-term, so I have sliding "library archive" shelves on rails. That allows me to keep approximately 12,000 comics books in a floor area 1m x 3.5m. It allows instant access to any comic (which is important when you're an active comics archivist). It's also very tidy and compact (which is important when you're married and want to stay that way).

From collin

hi i was just wondering in the move spider-man peter has webs but in the book he makes the web slingers. so i was wondering dose he have webs or dose he make webs.

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From Adam

Do you know where there might be a reprint index of the UK Spider-Man b&w reprints from the 70's/80's - Spider-Man and The Super-Heroes etc ??

I am trying to track down all of the issues that reprint Spidey/Punisher appearances, so any help with issue numbers would be greatly welcome.

The site can only publish information for comics that the staff collectors actually hold. One day perhaps somebody will come to us saying "I own all of those B&W reprints and I'd like to add them to your database!"

But until that day comes, I'm afraid we cannot share what we do not have, and I'm not aware of any other database online.