Vaughan & Chiang's "Paper Girls" Builds a Familiar Yet Disconcerting World
Welcome to the latest installment of your breath of snark free air!
COOL COMIC THINGS
One can make a reasonable argument that it is not always cool for comic creators to write themselves into the comic book, but what I think no one has a problem with is when comic book creators get drawn into the comics in cameos!
Everyone loves cameos!!!
Like Dave Dockrum and Chris Claremont in X-Men #105!
Or the Marvel staff in Iron Man #123 (thanks to Bright-Raven for reminding me which issue it was)
Or Jack and Stan being sent home from the wedding of Reed and Sue because they didn’t have invitations!!!
Creator cameos are a cool comic thing.
SNARK FREE CHALLENGE
Which member of the Endless would you most want to hang out with?
One cool point to the first person who can tell me which cover this Spider-Girl cover is homaging!
COOL COMIC MOMENTS
I don’t know how many folks I have to tell about “The Kid Who Collected Spider-Man,” but just in case, “The Kid Who Collected Spider-Man” was the second story in an issue of Amazing Spider-Man, number 248. The first story, with art by regular artist John Romita, Jr., was a fairly standard fight between Spider-Man and Thunderball. The second story (both written by Roger Stern) was about Spider-Man visiting a young boy, while occasionally, we cut to pieces of a newspaper column from the Daily Bugle about the young boy, “The Kid Who Collected Spider-Man.” The young boy is a huge fan of Spidey.
Spider-Man and the boy talk, and we get some really interesting reactions from Timmy about Spider-Man’s life (like “Don’t be so hard on yourself, Spidey”), and eventually, as Spidey is leaving, the boy asks if he can tell him who he really is.
Spidey hesitates, but eventually, we get this awesome comic moment…
Timmy’s reaction is great (he gets a kick out of how Peter has been putting one over on J. Jonah Jameson for ages).
And of course, as Peter leaves, we get the last bit of the column, which tells us that Timmy is dying, and only has a few weeks to live.
Great stuff by Roger Stern.
COVER THEME GAME
Here’s the game. I show three covers. They all have something in common, whether it be a character, locale, creator, SOMEthing. And it isn’t something obvious like “They all have prices!” “They all have logos!” “They all feature a man!” etc.
One cool point to the person who first guesses correctly!
Well, that’s it for this installment of Snark Free Corner.
Hope you had fun!
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