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Snark Free Corner for 9/11

Welcome to the latest installment of your breath of snark free air!



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)

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Or Jack and Stan being sent home from the wedding of Reed and Sue because they didn’t have invitations!!!

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Creator cameos are a cool comic thing.


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!



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…

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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.


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!


is the Spider-Girl cover referencing Batman #417, the first part of Ten Nights of the Beast?


I notice Jughead’s wearig the same outfit on all of those covers. Is that it?

I notice that Jughead, though evidently blind, manages to compensate for his lack of sight through use of his radioactive radar sense.

Is Archie checking out Jugheads ass?

It’s a toss up between Destruction and Death, if you were going bar hopping you’d want to go with Death, but Destruction would host a great barbeque.

Are all those rare covers where Jughead is with girls?

Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

Delerium – just to see what would happen.

Are those all covers where Jughead is being awesome?

Death probably, but I do like the idea of a barbecue with Destruction.

I love “The Kid Who Collected Spider-Man”– what’s amazing about it is that it was one of the stories during Marvel’s “Assistant Editors Month” stunt where the Assistant Editors allegedly edited the books and everything was given license to be offbeat (weirdest one was Hembeck illustrating Spectacular Spider-Man, followed by Iron Man as portrayed by kids; most fun one was the Snowbird-fights-villain-in-all-white pages in Alpha Flight). Amazing decided to instead deliver “The Kid Who Collected Spider-Man” which wasn’t offbeat at all but was instead sentimental and awesome.

“The Kid Who Collected Spider-Man” is a favorite of mine. I read it in a “best of Spider-Man” trade paperback Marvel published a few years ago, so I had no idea it was a back-up story. The final panel of the story (which reveals the kid’s fate) is devastating – you see Spidey swing past the hospital, and the name of the hospital (ie. what type of hospital it is) is revealed for the first time. Next to the panel is the final bit of column with the reveal.

These are all scenes right before Jughead reveals his low T-Cell count to these lovely ladies. Oh, those Riverdale hijinkcs!

It’s funny, but when I was younger, the answer probably would have absolutely been Delerium. But when rereading Sandman recently, I realized that, thankfully, I grew out of that phase having to deal with one too many crazy females. She didn’t amuse and delight me as a character nearly as much as she used to.

Unfortunately, it’d probably still be Death.

I really need to read Stern’s Spider-Man run someday. I love his Avengers run and I think his Superman run is one of the top two ongoing takes on the character ever.

I would have to go with Jughead wearing the same clothes, therefore they all take place on the same day!!
Let’s see, Jug goes over to Betty’s, they sit on the couch for a little bit, she goes to freshen up while he hits the fridge and then they go to a movie. During the movie, Jug asks Betty if she wants a snack. She says yes, so Jug runs to Pop Tate’s, sees his buddy Arch, realizes he has forgotten Arch’s b-day and then decides to get Arch a present.


I think the cover theme is Jughead being completely uninterested in any of the girls he’s with on the covers.

Oh Destruction by all means. He’s a manly man.

Death and Destruction for their personality. Destiny would be iffy but he does have great wine. Desire, just because he’s so hot.

Desire, just because she’s so hot.
Or Death.

As for what the covers have in common, since all the good answers were mentioned, what about all three covers were drawn by Archie’s original artist, Bob Montana.

You know they adapted “The Kid Who Collected Spider-Man” for the 90’s series. It was a very loose adaptation, the kid’s gender changed not to mention that the kid also helped out Spider-Man when he lost his memory.

remember when you’re telling us (in a future Corner) what the cover homage was, to also tell us what the real trilogy theme was, as well. This blog has more dangling threads than a Claremont X-Book!

I got a copy of a ‘What If’ from the seventies; “What If The Original Marvel Bullpen Was The Fantastic Four?” Jack Kirby is The Thing and Stan Lee as Reed Richards, it’s hilarious.

The Spidergirl cover is a homage to the first issue of the current run of Daredevil.

My favorite member of the Endless is Death. Definitly Death.

On all those covers jughead has an erection…but its due to the food, not the women.

I actaully just figured out the cover homage.
All the covers have hearts on them.
The first one has hearts around the two birds.
The third one has hears around Archie
The second one has artichoke hearts in the fridge.

Too much of a stretch?

The Spidergirl cover is a homage to the first issue of the current run of Daredevil.


Too much of a stretch?

A bit. :)

This cover theme game one IS harder than the previous one (which wasn’t that easy, either), but not so much if you’re a fan of older Archie comics (which, I totally understand, not many folks are).

Ah! That last clue did it for me…Jughead’s shirt is missing the “S” on it!

The Mad Monkey

March 13, 2007 at 2:51 am

“The Kid Who Collected Spider-Man” was the second-most saddest Marvel story I’ve ever read.
The first would be the Daredevil back-up story from Marvel Fanfare 7 (original series). When I first read it, I actually cried for hours.
A blind child loses his dog and Daredevil goes on a search for it. He finally tracks the dog to an animal shelter and…well…I get choked up just thinking about how the story ends. I’m just an old softie that way.

As for how it does end, I won’t give away the ending. I’ll let either someone else here say it or you can go find the book and see for yourself.
But, if stories like this and the Spidey one don’t put something of a lump in your throat, then there is something seriously wrong with you.

The answer to the cover theme is that all three scenes on the Jughead covers had been done previously as cover gags. The phone number is from issue 1, the birds are from 11, and the fridge scene is from issue 27. You can compare the two versions of each on the GCD site.

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