Letters : Spider-Oracle : 2016 : Spider-Oracle Petitions 23/08/2016

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From flagg68

a spiderman story in a british annual from 1977 iam trying to buy.it was ameican football the man bade it to the endline but died spidey was a bit late.it got me into comic books and i love to now who wrote and drew it

This one is too easy. The story is "The Longest Hundred Yards". It originally appeared in:

Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #153
Feb 1976 : SMURF 153.500 : NM ($22.00) : SM Title
Editor:  Len Wein
Writer:  Len Wein
Pencils:  Ross Andru
Inker:  Mike Esposito
Cover Art:  Gil Kane
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 Reprinted In: Marvel Tales #130
 Reprinted In: Essential Spider-Man #7
 Reprinted In: Spider-Man Annual (UK) 1977

It was reprinted in Spider-Man Annual (UK) 1977. Story is by Len Wein (who was also the editor). Pencils are by Sal Buscema with Ink by the industrious Mike Esposito. Cover is John Romita (Senior, of course).


From Jimmo

As a longtime fan of The Ramones (I interviewed Joey Ramone in 1986 or so, and my now-defunct band played some bills with Dee Dee & Marky Ramone), I recall the band recorded a theme song of "Spider-Man," a fairly catchy tune with lyrics.

I am guessing, by their ages, The Ramones would have been fans of the 1960s "Spider-Man" TV series. By the way, if you were not also a kid then, kids didn't use the term "animation" or "anime" in the 1960s. We just called them all cartoons.

If the 1990s' "Spider-Man" series also had a theme song with lyrics, I suppose The Ramones could have been contracted to perform the theme music for it. I know, for instance, The Ramones did record the song "Pet Semetary," for their friend, director Steven King's film. But my money is on the '60s series for the one on which The Ramones based their "Spidey" theme. Did the '90s "Spider-Man" series use a modified version of the '60s music theme? I could look all this up on IMDB or Wikipedia. But I thought, as a "Spider-Man" scholar, you might already know this information and could answer this for me.

Before we start, here is the original 1960's theme tune: 1960's Cartoon Theme Tune (YouTube).

The 1990's TV show version (performed by Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry) borrows a few lyrics from the 1960's theme, but the tune is restructured and the harmonies are rewritten. You can compare the 1990's theme on YouTube here: 1990's Cartoon Theme Tune (YouTube).

Now, the Ramones did indeed cover the 1960's Spider-Man theme song as a hidden track on their 1995 album "¬°Adios Amigos!". It is an up-tempo but otherwise lyrically and structurally unmodified version of the 1960's theme tune. A cartoon video was created to match it, and you can see the whole thing on YouTube here: Ramones - Spider-Man (YouTube).

The Ramones track was also distributed on cassette tape, wrapped in a clear plastic bag with the "white variants" of the four core Spider-Man comics issued with cover date February 1996 - specifically Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #408, Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #65, Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #231, and Sensational Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #1.


From Sean

Im in the UK and in 1973 I started getting Spiderman comics. Over here that's when issue one began. The first ones ran stories about Thor also, and later Iron Man. Much later in the 1970s there was a story that either came under Thor or Iron Man -- I can't recall which. but it may have come under The Avengers (though I don't recall them having a regular feature in Spiderman). The reason I say it might have been The Avengers is because the story centred around them. The strongest of The Avengers (Thor, Iron Man etc) were captured by a baddie and it was left to the weaklings (who the baddies didn't think fitting to bother with) to save them. Does this ring any bells? It was one of the best stories I ever read, but searching through my old comics has proven a blank!

Well, we are the SpiderFan site, not the AvengersFan site. But restricting suggestions to the first 100 issues of Avengers, may we suggest:

  • Avengers #29 - Goliath and Wasp rescue the rest of the Avengers.
  • Avengers #31 - Wasp rescues the rest of the Avengers.
  • Avengers #37 - Black Widow rescues the rest of the Avengers.
  • Avengers #39 - Hercules rescues the rest of the Avengers.
  • Avengers #55 - Jarvis and Black Knight rescue the rest of the Avengers.
  • Avengers #57 - Vision rescues the rest of the Avengers.
  • Avengers #82 - Matt Murdock (Daredevil) rescues the rest of the Avengers.
  • Avengers #83 - Scarlet Witch rescues the rest of the Avengers.
  • Avengers #92 - Quicksilver and Rick Jones rescue the rest of the Avengers.

If none of those ring a bell, then you'll just have to trawl through them yourselves!


From Michael

Hello I was wondering if you know anything about the 1995 fleer ultra spider-man golden web carnage card. I am a collector of cards and have a red(normal i assume) carnage as well as one that looks like a green carnage. the symbiote tendrils become more red but over all he is pretty much green. Just curious if you know or have heard if this is a variant or misprint? Thank you very much i love your site.

My acolytes have investigated two copies of this card, and both featured Carnage's main color as browny/orange with red highlights, not quite as red as your "red" version.

Yes, there does seem to be a distinct variation in the printing process. But a follow-up search of various online card indexes and of eBay shows that the collecting community at large does not appear to differentiate between the different shades for commercial or collecting purposes.


From RaiderAlexander

In 1996 2 Spider-Man factory sealed bagged comics came with a hobgoblin and venom motion promo card ... I know one was sensation spiderman#11 but I know what the other comic was ... can you please help me. Thanks

There were actually six promo cards for the "Marvel Motion" set.

  • 1 of 4: Spider-Man
  • 2 of 4: Peter Parker - Spider-Man
  • 3 of 4: Wolverine
  • 4 of 4: Logan - Wolverine
  • No Number: Hobgoblin
  • No Number: Venom

The numbered cards were distributed through comic stores, and are rather hard to find.

The unnumbered cards had a blank back. The bagged comic-store edition of Sensational Spider-Man #11 included either the Hobgoblin or Venom card (randomly distributed).


From Pat

I have made this petition on Change.Org for The Amazing Spider-man to be tied into the Marvel Cinematic Universe

if you could please sign it and pass it along and post it on your site and on all other social networks taht you use and tell others to do the same thatd be really appreciated thanks

I'm sorry to say that your petition is not "Change we can Believe In". Which is to say, it serves no purpose. Disney (who owns Marvel) would do this in an instant... if it were possible.

The problem is that Marvel has previously sold away the movie rights to various key characters. The Spider-Man rights now belong to Sony/Columbia (after an incredibly complex history). The rights to the Fantastic Four (including the Skrulls and the Silver Surfer) belong to Fox.

However Marvel still owns the rights to Iron Man, The Avengers, Thor, Nick Fury, Captain America, the Black Widow and many other key characters. This is why the Avengers movie can tie-in to Captain America, Thor, etc.

So how likely is it that Sony will sell back the Spider-Man movie rights to Disney/Marvel? There was a rumour circulating in early 2013 that this might be under consideration. However this was quickly debunked. Spider-Man is one of the most profitable franchises that Sony owns. As things currently stand, it is almost inconceivable that they would surrender him back to Disney.

Note that there appear to be "revert if not used" clauses on Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four. Sony is obliged to keep producing Spider-Man films on a regular basis in order to retain the rights. I can't imagine that will do good things for the quality of the product in the long term. Note that Daredevil, Punisher, and Blade have already reverted back to Marvel because they have not had recent films made.


From Igor

Is the story same in all of Marvel Mini Books:Amazing Spider-Man?! The Pocket Books of Amazing Spider-Man.They are just reprints, right?

Yes, each of the six colors of the ASM Mini Book is identical inside. See the Marvel Mini Book: Amazing Spider-Man review for a complete description of this tiny little classic collectible.

Marvel Mini Book: Amazing Spider-Man
Year 1966 : NM ($50.00) : SM Title
Creator:  C.N.P.
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Regarding the "Pocket Books", I'm not sure if you refer to the book-format Marvel Pocket Comics from the U.S. or the staple-bound Spider-Man Pocket Book (UK Reprint). But in either case the answer is "correct", these books contain no original material.