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THWIP! Swing on by to hear a discussion of each of the 41 Spider-Man comic issues done by the original creative team of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko! We get into: Stan's terrible puns! Steve's angsty inks! The compelling villains (Doctor Octopus)! And the sometimes very dumb villains (Fancy Dan)! And anything that made these issues the BIG BANG of modern super-hero comics! Your co-hosts, UCB performers Will Hines and Kevin Hines, have no official qualifications except for a life-long love of Spider-Man in general and these issues in particular! 'NUFF SAID!

THWIP! Swing on by to hear a discussion of each of the 41 Spider-Man comic issues done by the original creative team of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko! We get into: Stan's terrible puns! Steve's angsty inks! The compelling villains (Doctor Octopus)! And the sometimes very dumb villains (Fancy Dan)! And anything that made these issues the BIG BANG of modern super-hero comics! Your co-hosts, UCB performers Will Hines and Kevin Hines, have no official qualifications except for a life-long love of Spider-Man in general and these issues in particular! 'NUFF SAID!
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THWIP! Swing on by to hear a discussion of each of the 41 Spider-Man comic issues done by the original creative team of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko! We get into: Stan's terrible puns! Steve's angsty inks! The compelling villains (Doctor Octopus)! And the sometimes very dumb villains (Fancy Dan)! And anything that made these issues the BIG BANG of modern super-hero comics! Your co-hosts, UCB performers Will Hines and Kevin Hines, have no official qualifications except for a life-long love of Spider-Man in general and these issues in particular! 'NUFF SAID!

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Episodes

Eulogy for Stan Lee

11/13/2018
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Stan Lee, the co-creator of Spider-Man, as well as the architect of the Marvel Universe, passed away this weekend. Kevin and Will give a eulogy. They talk about Stan’s personality, his salesmanship, his focus on the reader, his love of words, his respect for good stories. They get into a bit of the darker stuff too -- issues of giving credit, bad business deals, and the poorly written female characters. But overall, we loved and revered Stan, and we miss him already.

Duration:01:07:18

End of Season One!

10/31/2018
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This is the end of Season One of the podcast! Thanks to everyone who listened! We go over what we learned, and then read a whole bunch of emails we got in the last few weeks! Thank you all from your hosts Kevin and Will Hines!

Duration:01:23:52

The Goblin Unmasked! (ASM #39 and ASM #40)

10/24/2018
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A look at what the Spidey-world looks like without Steve Ditko: your co-hosts Kevin and Will look at the first two issues with a new artist/co-plotter. And what it looks like: people are friendlier, backgrounds are filled in, everyone’s hunkier.. And Stan Lee gives a crap about his dialogue again!

Duration:01:06:56

Ditko’s Last Issue! (ASM #38)

10/17/2018
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Spider-Man’s original artist and co-writer Steve Ditko departs the series not with a bang but with a whimper. “Just A Guy Named Joe” has a pretty good start (in the opinion of your podcast co-hosts, at least) but falls apart. Maybe editor/scripter Stan Lee was ready to move on, maybe Steve Ditko didn’t bother thinking it through! We also go over two recent terrific Spidey stories: Spectacular Spider-Man #310 -- Chip Zdarsky’s (who wrote and drew) final, great, moving issue. And the very...

Duration:01:19:56

TWO Robots?! (ASM #37)

10/10/2018
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In his second to last issue, artist Steve Ditko turns in a good story! There’s subplots and great drawing and two weird-looking robots and the introduction of one of the greatest villains in the Spider-verse -- Norman Osborn! Corrupt businessman, terrible father and murderer! A not-great dude, but he makes for yes-great stories!

Duration:00:52:12

The LOOTER (ASM #36)

10/3/2018
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He got his powers from a meteor. He’s obsessed with meteors. This is the story of…. THE LOOTER! (?) Continuing this run of “guy who punches hard” villains, it’s clear that artist Steve Ditko is mentally checked out. But seeing a great artist phone it in is still interesting, IF You are insane fans like Kevin and Will! YOU CAN’T MISS THIS ONE (you could).

Duration:00:54:40

The Molten Man Does Not Regret Anything! (ASM #35)

9/26/2018
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In what Will deems the “worst issue so far of the Ditko run” we see the Molten Man return and Stan Lee turn in his strangest bunch of dialogue yet! BUT the issue does venture into “so bad it’s really weird” territory so CHECK IT OUT!

Duration:00:40:28

Kraven the Hunter Returns! (ASM #34)

9/19/2018
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Kraven is back to hunt the ultimate prey: Spider-Man! Betty Brant has a trippy Spidey-themed dream! And Gwen Stacy is falling for Peter! All great stuff! So… why is this issue kinda… eh?

Duration:01:00:15

Favorite Non-Ditko Spidey Stories Part II

9/12/2018
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Once again, Kevin and Will talk about some of their favorite non-Ditko stories! This episode, we go into the 1982 classic “Nothing Can Stop The Juggernaut” and the 2008 modern classic “Unscheduled Stop!” Plus a longish discussion about the lack of female creators who have been given the helm of Spidey stories (more stuff like Sara Pichelli drawing Miles Morales, please!)

Duration:01:05:40

Master Planner Saga Part 3 (ASM #33)

9/5/2018
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“The Final Chapter” -- part 3 of the stunning Master Planner trilogy and co-hosts Kevin and Will are so excited they don’t quite know what to do with themselves. They read the first five pages out loud, then gush, then gush some more! They make the very fair declaration that if you don’t’ like this story more than any other story in any medium then you have a problem!

Duration:01:05:44

Master Planner Saga Part 2 (ASM #32)

8/29/2018
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Part 2 of the artist Steve Ditko’s climactic Spider-Man triology - “Man on a Rampage.” All the setup of last issue comes bursting forth in an issue-long explosion of anger and fighting from Spidey! The previous 31 issues are in a way ALL part of a build-up to this story! Kevin and Will, as usual, get into it TOO MUCH!

Duration:01:05:22

Master Planner Saga Part 1 (ASM #31)

8/22/2018
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This is it: One of the best stories in the history of Marvel Comics -- maybe ALL comics. It’s a three part story we call “The Master Planner Saga” and it starts here with issue 31 - “If This Be My Destiny.” We get fully into it: what made this trilogy so moving as a story, how it was right before writer/illustrator Steve Ditko left Marvel comics and started to fully enter obscurity, how writer/editor Stan Lee still nails it despite being almost totally left out by his collaborator, and how...

Duration:01:09:34

The Claws of the Cat (ASM #30)

8/15/2018
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A decent issue with a huge continuity error: the gang of uniformed thieves that show up periodically are ACTUALLY a foreshadowing of next issue! DO YOU FIND THIS FASCINATING? Co hosts Will and Kevin do! Plus: Ned Leeds PROPOSES to Betty Brant!

Duration:01:01:51

The Scorpion Returns! (ASM #29)

8/8/2018
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Kevin and Will welcome guests Kait Thompson and Mark David Christenson, the co-hosts of “Aw Crap, A Hellboy Podcast!” We get into: how Ditko makes a great action story out of a not-that-great villain! How JJJ’s cowardice is ratcheted up to farcial levels, and how Peter’s got sexy new duds!

Duration:01:00:18

Doctor Strange and Spidey (ASM Annual #2)

8/1/2018
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Spidey teams up with Doctor Strange, who happens to be the other big co-creation of Spidey artist Steve Ditko. There’s very little Peter Parker as the two Ditko superheroes battle a pleasantly very evil wizard named Xandu! Ah, HERE’S the great Ditko art we were missing a bit in the last regular issue!

Duration:00:58:07

The Molten Man! (ASM #28)

7/25/2018
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Sure there’s a golden man who can punch like a wrecking ball but also: PETER PARKER GRADUATES HIGH SCHOOL! Kevin and Will get into this momentous event. We also talk about how Ditko’s plotting seems to focus way more on Peter’s civilian life than his super-hero exploits as Spidey and how that’s cool. Also this issue features some very rare bad Ditko art! Relatively speaking since, no surprise, we still love it.

Duration:00:54:21

Bring Back My Goblin To Me! (ASM #27)

7/18/2018
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We are well into the era where artist Steve Ditko had stopped talking to writer/editor Stan Lee, and it’s making for stories with very unique structures! For example, in this issue -- the battle is over at the halfway point, and then there’s about 10 pages of wrapping everything up! It’s… not bad! But it feels different than most super-hero books! Listen to hosts Kevin and Will talk about it forever!

Duration:00:49:35

The Man In The Crime Master Mask (ASM #26)

7/11/2018
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Spidey fights not ONE but TWO villains with secret identities: The Green Goblin and also -- THE CRIME MASTER! It’s yet another guy who’s plan is to unite all the crime syndicates in NYC! Will the fact that Spidey-Man has to use a cheap rented costume slow him down! Hint: yes! Kevin and Will like this issue as they realize that they had underestimated this particular era of the Ditko-Lee partnership.

Duration:00:56:59

Eulogy for Steve Ditko

7/7/2018
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Steve Ditko passed away this week at the age of 90. We recorded this episode the morning after the news broke. As listeners know, he is the artist and co-creator of Spider-Man. Hosts Kevin and Will give him a special eulogy episode where we talk about what made Ditko so special, about how big his impact was on Marvel in particular and comics in general. We get into this feud with Marvel, his eccentric reclusivity, his non-Marvel comics. RIP Steve Ditko, one of the giants of comics!

Duration:00:42:52

Emergency Episode: Instant Classics! Vol. 1

7/4/2018
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We interrupt our flow of doing the Ditko issues to talk about two brand-new issues of Spider-Man, because they are so good! Instant Classics. One is Dan Slott’s final issue -- Amazing Spider-Man #801. And the other, Chip Szdarsky’s Spectacular Spider-Man Annual with a JJJ story. They both broke our hearts and we had to talk about it!

Duration:00:58:41