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Date: May 4, 2011
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From Tony

Variant Covers are really just Reprints. I am through with them all. For the record, the recent $100+ sketch variants are what did me in.

Amen, brother. Amen.

As per our recent rave Variant Covers. Enough is Enough!, we here at SpiderFan also have had a guts full of artificially rare variant covers. I know quite a few serious Spidey collectors, most of which have taken steps to reduce the number of variants they purchase. My comic dealer has given me the same message, most of his customers are absolutely fed up with variant covers.

As of cover date July 2010, SpiderFan will only be including variant covers of core Spider-Man titles such as Amazing Spider-Man. And if these $100 sketch covers keep on appearing, we'll soon be revisiting that policy and may well drop variant covers entirely, even for core Spidey titles.

However, I'm pleased to see that Amazing Spider-Man #649 and Amazing Spider-Man #650 have been released with no variants, after a couple of years where damn near every ASM issue came with at least two and normally three or four different covers. It's too early to say that this is a return to sanity, but perhaps we might be permitted a glimmer of hope.


From Mike

Im looking for a chronological reading by issue of spider-man. im trying to use your site, and so far, its working. however, when i reach the point where the 2nd spider-man title comes into play, how do i know if spectacular spider-man #XX becomes before or after amazing spider-man #XX? i tried to make that less confusing. again, im not looking for it by panel, im looking for it by issue. hope you can help.

Our SMURF Guide (Spider-Man Universe Reading Flow) is what you need. However, this is very much a work in progress. We are keen to hear from anybody with an interest in providing more SMURF Codes.


From Matt

Just wanted to let somebody know that your character database could use a little updating. Obviously you guys have a tone on your plates to begin with, but if you get a chance, someone should look into it (for example, Ben Reilly's list of appearances ends in '96 even though he's been in over a dozen comics over the past few years).

Thanks for your offer of help! We're always short of people to assist in that part of the site.

If you assemble the list of appearances, I'll arrange access for you to enter the data via our web-based control panel.


From Murphy Peoples

I just purchased a 109- Gottleib Spiderman Pinball machine and love it. I read your article with great interest. Nice job by the way! If you go to the Pinball Data Base and read one of the 20 reviews of the machine - one of the owners there says you CAN hear the Spiderman Theme play on the Pin, but only during if the Sound Board to switched to the "Attract Mode". It is supposed to play the theme (using the same cheesy tones it uses during the game) after the unit has sat for 6 minutes without being played. Then ever 6 minutes after that. I plan on testing this after I've had to chance to clean mine up a bit.

I DOES sound correct though, as the Spiderman Instruction Manual does outline how to cut on the Sound Board "attract mode". Just an FYI - since you said in your article that you were disappointed it didn't play the theme. Keep up the good work!

That's great news! I've updated the review accordingly. My machine needs a bit of a rebuild on one of the flippers, so I've been ignoring it. But I'll put "turning on the theme tune" on my list of things to do on a rainy day!


From aryanbudhwani

Can you send me comic online.

Well, dang it. I'm trying to do this, but it doesn't seem to be working. I picked out a comic for you then rolled it up and tried to feed it into the modem, but nothing seems to be happening.

I'm so sorry. I never used to have these problems with faxes, but this new technology is just completely beyond me!


From Rob

I am starting up a new comic book message board and wanted to invite you and the spiderfan staff to check us out. Please give us a look, huge spiderman fan here, and just want to help build a good comic book discussion community.

I must admit have absolutely no idea why you would want to try and fragment the online Spider-Man community.

Seriously - just use ComicBoards.Com like everybody else does. Unless you have a specific angle of interest, there's no reason at all to try and create a separate site.


From Diaz412

how come you show jeader card for marvel team up but toms set 1and 2 or metion any of the other sets that siperman appeared in like Mike set or john B.s

I'm sorry, but we have a strict policy of only answering questions written in the English language.


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Hey Kevin! Long time no stream-of-consciousness!