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ASMC 020 – Amazing Spider-Man 28 and 29

It’s time for pomp, circumstance, and supervillains here at Amazing Spider-Man Classics!  After a few days’ delay due to school, the Classics team is now able to take a look at Amazing Spider-Man 28 and 29 with the help of Eddie deAngelini, comic archive researcher for With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story, a documentary which got its premiere at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.  Eddie also holds the claim to fame of owning every single issue of (The) Amazing Spider-Man, having closed his final gap of issue 2 at SDCC, where he met our own Josh Bertone and introduced him to The Man himself.

Though we haven’t stated it here in a while, our mission is the same as always, to explore every single comic book appearance of Spider-Man ever, whether it be as a feature in his own books, a guest appearance in someone else’s, or even a random one-panel cameo somewhere.

This episode, Peter gets to graduate from high school in issue 28 after a tussle with the newly-doused Molten Man.  Then Betty has a breakdown when the Scorpion attacks in issue 29, and wouldn’t you know it, Ned Leeds is the one there to comfort her.  We have a lot of fun with these, taking time to really get into the character of Liz Allan, as Amazing Spider-Man 28 is basically her swan song for the next 100 issues.  You might also learn just how much influence Aunt May has had in the machinations of the history of the Marvel universe.

Though we aren’t addressing your emails this time around, we always enjoy receiving them and hope to have a segment next time, so write and let us know what you think of these issues and/or our anticky antics!  Or share your thoughts in the comment section below.  We also always welcome reviews on iTunes, which will also receive response on the show.  Enjoy!

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ASMC 019- Amazing Spider-Man 26 and 27

Bring back!  Oh, bring back!  Oh, bring back my Goblin to me!  Welcome again to Amazing Spider-Man Classics where this episode, Jon, Josh, and Donovan take a look at the only two-part Green Goblin story that Steve Ditko gave us.  And along the way, we are aided and abetted by the one and only J.R. Fettinger, a voice on the Spider-Man Crawl Space podcast panel and also the author of the Spidey Kicks Butt website.

This episode deserves a good posting with some awesome art, but frankly, I am completely exhausted tonight.  I will probably come back and revise this post, but right now I just want to get the episode out there.  Two important announcements, though.  Amazing Spider-Man Classics is now proud to be sponsored by Roll2Play, an online vendor for games and gaming accessories.  They can be found at www.roll2play.com or at their Facebook page.  I invite you to check out their product line and consider them when purchasing for your gaming needs.  Also, this is 10-10-10, and the designer of our website here, Jim Wilson of jimwilsondesigns.com, has turned 30 today.  So, happy birthday, Jim!!

As always we enjoy receiving your emails, which we’ll now be addressing nearly every episode (when we have any), so write and write often!  Or share your thoughts in the comment section below.  We also always welcome reviews on iTunes, which will also receive response on the show.  Enjoy!

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ASMC 018 – Amazing Spider-Man 24 and 25

We’re wrapping up September with a bang, Spider-Fans!  Not only is this our longest episode yet, not only does this episode include the silver anniversary issue of Amazing Spider-Man, not only do we get to see the first (kinda) appearance of Mary Jane Watson, but also we are joined this episode by none other than Gerard Delatour, reviewer of The Amazing Spider-Man for the Spider-Man Crawl Space (check out those reviews here)!

In Amazing Spider-Man 24 and 25, Mysterio returns in the guise of a psychiatrist, out to catch Spider-Man by proving that he is INSANE.  Then, two years of publication come to a head as J. Jonah Jameson uses a robot to catch that web-slinging menace, but at the same time Flash Thompson, Betty Brant, and Liz Allan all converge at Peter’s house right in the middle of a visit by the mysterious Mary Jane Watson.  The fit really hits the shan, and you can see the actual page here!  And you know you want some funny art, so here you go:

Also, there is some debate on the episode about Mary Jane’s fashion choice in this issue. Here is an example of Audrey Hepburn sporting the look that MJ may have been going for.

This catches the show up to my self-imposed schedule.  From here on, I’m planning on a steady thrice-monthly release schedule, on or around the 10th, 20th, and 30th of each month.  And in October, we have great things in mind for the Green Goblin and the Crime-Master, the Molten Man and Peter’s graduation, the return of the Scorpion, a team-up with Dr. Strange, and the..um… Cat.  So, that’s Amazing Spider-Man 26-30 and Annual 2, coming at you over the course of the next month!

As always we enjoy receiving your emails, which we’ll now be addressing nearly every episode (when we have any), so write and write often!  Or share your thoughts in the comment section below.  We also always welcome reviews on iTunes, which will also receive response on the show.  Enjoy!

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ASMC 017 – Amazing Spider-Man 23

Emails, emails, and more emails!  Between the recording of this episode a month ago and its publication, the emails have begun to stack up, so rather than make you wonderful people wait longer for a response, we recorded an email segment to accompany our somewhat shorter coverage of Amazing Spider-Man 23.  And that ended up being half the episode.  But keep sending them in.  We have a strategy now for addressing emails in a more regular fashion, so never fear to write.

This week, Spider-Man is faced once again by his nemesis from Hollywood, the Green Goblin.  We also see the Goblin maskless for the first time, though neither Spider-Man nor readers of the day realized it at the time.  That insight adds some extra dimension to the story, which we explore on the episode.

We also explore the ginormity of the Goblin’s ears:

There is also a pin-up in this issue, and as promised, here is a link to the image:  Amazing Spider-Man 23.

Speaking of email, continue to write in to the show, or share your thoughts in the comment section below.  We also always welcome reviews on iTunes.  Emails and iTunes reviews will receive response on the show.  Enjoy!

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ASMC 016- Amazing Spider-Man 21 and 22

Gasp!  Shock!  This time around, the Classics gang is going SOLO!!  Or…um…trio.  What do you call it when a group of three is going alone?  Whatever that is, that’s what we’re doing.  It’s no big deal.  We’re just changing up some behind-the-scenes stuff which will mean more guest co-hosts sometimes, as well as the occasional episode with just the three of us.

In this, our latest episode, Jon Wilson, Joshua Bertone, and Donovan Grant venture beyond the realm of the three Pocket Books reprints that Jon had as a youth, looking at Spider-Man’s first fight with the Beetle, and his last fight with the Circus of Crime (at least for a long, long time to come).  Along the way, we laugh at Dorrie Evans’ insane demands on Johnny Storm, and Betty Brant’s insane jealousies of Peter.

There was a cool pin-up in issue 21, and I realized I should show more of the pin-ups.  So in lieu of amusing scenes this time around, here for your viewing pleasure are links to high-resolution images of all the pin-ups we’ve had so far.

Amazing Spider-Man 3Amazing Spider-Man Annual 1Amazing Spider-Man 20Amazing Spider-Man 21

As always, I hope you enjoy the episode.  We do answer your emails this time around, and we’ll do more next time as well, along with coverage of Amazing Spider-Man 23.  So please continue send us email or share your thoughts in the comment section below.  We also always welcome reviews on iTunes.  Emails and iTunes reviews will receive response on the show.  Enjoy!

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