Letters : Spider-Oracle : 2006 : Spider-Oracle Petitions 17/11/2006

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From Shawn

Hey fellow true believer! First off, I do not know if you are the one I'm supposed to ask the question to or not. Anyways, here goes. Where did Spidey get his organic webbing from? I read Amazing Spider-man from before "The Other" unitl now and I really haven't seen any mention of organic webbing outside of this site. Can you clear this up for me? Thanks a million.

The answer is simple for the Oracle. Spider-Man gained his organic webbing during the events of the "Changes" storyline by writer Paul Jenkins, which began in Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #17.

From Mark

I purchased a piece of original art by Jim Mooney that appears to be a cover from Spidey Super Stories. It doesn't have the issue number on it, just two different dates, one on the back & one on the front. I just read through your old "Rave" articles, specifically the August 2002 one by Eric Engelhard.

They proclaimed themselves to be an authority on Spidey Super Stories, so I am trying to get a hold of them, or someone else who can help me identify what title/issue this came from, and exactly what it is.

I'm thinking it could be from a story in the Electric Company Magazine, possibly Issue 67 "The Sportsman Strikes Back" as that is the text on the art. What I have no clue on is if this is the cover or an inside splash since it appears to have the cover stat, but doesn't say "Electric Company Magazine".

I'd appreciate any help you can provide me. I am a comic art dealer trying to properly identify this piece of art.

The one you know as "Eric" has returned from whence he came. Yet I the Oracle can easily answer your question. You hold art from Electric Company Magazine #67, which does indeed feature a story named "The Sportsman Strikes Back".

From Eric

Hello there. I have a question that I would normally ask the mighty Spider Oracle, but while he (she?) is out of commission, I thought I'd throw it out to you.

I've been reading the Essential Spider-Man graphic novels and as I noticed that Volume 6 reprints Giant Size Spider-Man issues 1 and 2, then Volume 7 reprints Giant Size Spider-Man issues 4 and 5. What gives, what happened to number 3? Does someone at Marvel have a beef with Doc Savage? Can you shed any light on this omission?

Actually, I have a second question. Have you heard anything about the Essential graphic novels continuing? I was hoping they'd keep going with them, they're a great and inexpensive way to fill the collection.

Rumours of my departure from this plane have been greatly exaggerated. I still remain in your dimension, and my wisdom is more than capable of answering both of your entreaties.

The rights for Doc. Savage are not held by Marvel. They obtained the rights to include him in the original Annual, but they do not have the rights to reproduce that story.

Regarding the continuation of Essential Spider-Man. My mystic visions tell me that Marvel will, quote "...keep printing them as long as fans keep buying them."

From Mike Mabin

After much searching through your pages I have failed to find any mention of any Spider-man comics weekly (editor Pippa Melling, writer Stan Lee, illustrator Steve Ditko) first issued in February 1973. This was also not recognised on the credits listing either. Do you have any reason or explanation why this may be?

While the powers of the Oracle are boundless, the abilities of the mere mortals who run SpiderFan are far more limited. If you refer to their pathetic Inclusion Guidelines, you will note that non-U.S. reprints are excluded.

Comics Weekly is a UK reprint, and hence does not qualify. Although if you have a complete run of these books and are prepared to scan and detail every issue, the staff of SpiderFan may well be prepared to make an exception.

From David

I sometimes write on comics for Rolling Stone Magazine, and I'm trying to remember a villian in mid-70s, Wein/Andru spiderman. His main power is simply that he is lucky; but he's built an empire around him through his excessive good fortune. Do you remember which issue this is? I'm pretty sure it's ASM, and not PPSM.

I fear perhaps your mere human mind is playing tricks on you.

In Marvel, the closest character is Senor Suerte (Mr. Luck) who is also Senor Muerte (Mr. Death). He built an criminal empire on his luck, as you described, but is not a Spider-Man villain. He first appeared in Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #10 back in '73 by Englehart and Tuska and also shows up in later Power Man issues.

If you insist on Spider-Man villains, the then the possibilities are few - perhaps The Answer or The Persuader. But neither match your description.

Alternatively, perhaps you are thinking of the DC villain Amos Fortune.

From Ed

I recently got a copy of the collected 'Ultimate Hobgoblin' Arc. Since I don't have a reference issue, I'd like to inquire - is the 'Shaw' persona in Harry Osborn's mind a totally new created person, or based on Norman Osborn's henchman (who tried to kill peter in one of the first issues)?

It does not appear that Shaw is specifically named in any earlier issue.

From Jim

I was a big Fan of Spidey in the early 90's and recently got back into the comics because of Astonishing X-Men and Joss Whedon (long story). Anyway, I have been buying a lot of graphic novels and back issues to get caught up, but I can't find something very important.

How/When did Tony Stark/Iron Man find out that Spidey is Peter? What is the issue where Peter faces the fact that Tony knows?

Your question is most worthy of an answer. Amazing Spider-Man #518 is when it first shows that Tony knows that Spidey is Peter, with a footnote that says "How does Tony know who Spidey is? See current issues of New Avengers". Apparently it happened between panels of New Avengers #3.

From Ben

I most humbly seek your help in identifying a particular Spider-Man comic that I once owned as I kid.

Anyway, the scene I remember involved Peter Parker (I think) turning up at a swimming pool party. He was wearing a black sleeveless T-Shirt with the word 'Tiger' or maybe 'Animal' written on it. I also remember another guest (a female I think) at the party making some reference to the shirt, saying something like "I never figured you as the 'Tiger/Animal' type"."

Ah, dear supplicant. The shirt did indeed say "Animal", the female in question was Liz Osborn, and the comic you are searching for is Amazing Spider-Man #249. Now go buy a copy to relive your childhood! The Spider-Oracle wishes it so.

From David Cook

I am trying to find what I think is a John Romita picture shoing Spider-man dejectedly sitting getting soaked by rain or a drain pipe or something. I think the title is "Public Enemy". But I haven't been able to find the picture anywhere. I think it was done in 1997 or 1998.

My powers see several paths to solution of your dilemma. The first is the variant cover to Peter Parker: Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #1, also used for Comic Book Marketplace #84.

Alternatively, perhaps you refer to Spider-Man: The Lost Years #0.

From Nette

I was wondering if you could identify a toy for me. The marking on the back says © 1984 Marvel comics group. It kind of looks like spiderman, it has a red head and upperbody with black stripes, a purple bodysuit...yellow gloves and boots with black stripes and fur looking trim on top of the boots and on the shoulders. He also has what looks like a headband with rectangles covering the ears. I have a picture that I can forward to you.

No picture is necessary. I can immediately form a vision in my mind. An image is clearly forming that I perceive as Secret Wars Baron Zemo from the 1980s.

From Elena

Hi. I was just wondering exactly what issue Spider-man reveals his identity. In your mini-poll this month it said that Spider-man had revealed his identity. Thanks for your time.

This event occurs between the end of Amazing Spider-Man #532 and the start of Amazing Spider-Man #533. It is shown in Civil War #3, and also (given the significant nature of the event) in various other comics.

From Jared

There is a big ongoing debate among my friends and at my school about who would win in a fight, Superman or Spider-Man. Of course, I have to say Spider-Man. The real point is, they are two completely different characters, and live in two completely different universes. Today's Superman has gone through so many changes, and probably would defeat Spider-Man, but there is absolutely NO WAY that I can admit that. So I've just been coming up with lots of different reasons why Spidey is better, and trying to b.s. my way to refute anything they say. It's all in fun, and this could really never be settled, because they like Superman as much as I like Spider-Man. But I was just wondering what sort of stance you hold on this. What would you say to them?

Sadly, in any "fair" fight, Super-Man would win so easily as to make the entire exercise uninteresting. In order to make a worthwhile story, the various battles between Spider-Man and Super-Man have been tilted in Spidey's favour in order to create a contest.

Refer to Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man (1976), and Marvel Treasury Edition (1981). Also the later Marvel vs. DC #3 with Spider-Man vs. Super-Boy.