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365 Reasons to Love Comics #13

For those of you just tuning in, you’re looking at a daily, yearlong look at what makes comics great. Some reasons are obvious, some are totally obscure; all of them, however, are reasons to love comics. A nice, archive-y list is forthcoming.

Easy Reader says today’s column is easy to read! Oh yeahs. That’s right. Morgan Freeman showed up, baby. Instant integrity! That’s what that is. But do you know why he showed up? Because today’s subject is near and dear to his heart.

1/13/07

13. Spidey Super Stories

Spidey Super Stories was the kid-friendly comic book spinoff from the Spider-Man segments of the Electric Company. It lasted 57 issues from 1974 to 1982, and it was mind-numbingly awesome. Short and silly stories peppered every issue. Some would say this series was lame, but they would be horribly mistaken. Ridiculous, wonky, 70’s… that’s a formula for greatness.

Yes, the above is the cover to a parodic tribute to both Star Wars and Jaws. At the same time.

If you want to know more about the series, then you should definitely read the reviews of the series over at Spider-Fan.org by Eric Englehard. I’ve laughed hard enough to cry reading these, and I hope you will, too. Informative *and* entertaining!

And you thought you knew Stilt-Man? You don’t know Stilt-Man. Because Stilt-Man is clearly The Penguin. On wooden stilts. Really:

QUAKE AT THE MENACE OF STILT-MAN!

Who created these wonderful stories, you may ask? Well, a variety of people. However, the primary artist was Win Mortimer, who you may have heard of; he drew a lot of Batman and Superman in the 40’s and 50’s. Writers? Well, you all know Jim Salicrup and Steven Grant. But from what I gather, other cool peeps like Thad Mumford (who went on to write for MASH) and Tom Whedon (Joss Whedon’s dad. That’s right) contributed stories.

I told you Spidey Super Stories was awesome. Too bad Woodgod and ROM never guest-starred, or its brilliance would have shone brighter than the sun.

20 Comments

Holy crap, that looks like the single greatest Marvel comic of all time.

Love it – I still own a paperback of “greatest hits” Spidey Super Stories. It sits beside the pic of me from nursery school with my blue spidey-logo shirt (in my mind only – the action figures are in a auxillary room since the 40 Year Old Virgin came out).

It sucks, Peter was my favorite character in my youth, but I can’t read any of his books now. ASM has left me cold since the end of the Ezekial saga. USM lost me when Bendis killed Gwen. Maybe I need to try Marvel Adventures….

Now, if they can make an Essential Spidey Super Stories.
I love these comics!

One of my first comics was an issue of Spider Superstories that featured Spidery and Captain Britain (in his original costume) teaming up to fight Jack O’Lantern. It was awesome. I wish I still had that issue now…

TOTALLY my favorite comic when I was six.

Easy Reader says, “Ouch!”

Well, I do love Bronze Age goofiness. I do love the anthology format. I do love stories that can come to a satisfying conclusion in a handful of pages. I’ll definitely have to look into Spidey Super Stories.

Are you sure it’s not one of those things that seemed awesome at the time but when you go back to it years later its crushingly disappointing?

I watched a Thundercats movie a couple of years back.

Big mistake.

Will Eisner also did a “Star Jaws.”

Who did the artwork on these books?

Stilt-Man looks like it was drawn by someone who had heard the name but never actually seen a picture.

Are you sure it’s not one of those things that seemed awesome at the time but when you go back to it years later its crushingly disappointing?

“Awesome at the time” is good enough. Anything that was an entry point for so many kids to comics is also an entry point to READING… which, is it happens, is another reason comics are awesome. Hell, even Easy Reader knew that.

The best thing, though: 36 Pages, No Ads

I thought Easy Reader knew everything.

I’ve edited in some info on the creative teams behind this forgotten masterpiece of a series. Enjoy!

Hey, i have a few issues of this somewhere. I remember there was one issue where either Spiderman was trying to save, or fighting Elton John. That was fun. I loved this book when I was younger.

“I remember there was one issue where either Spiderman was trying to save, or fighting Elton John. That was fun. I loved this book when I was younger.”

Spiderman? Elton John? Dude, I would pay good money to see that. Especially if Spidey is fighting Elton John. Elton John in a gigantic robot body.

SanctumSanctorumComix

January 14, 2007 at 6:30 pm

Moondragon looks totally hot there.

I can imagine many a 6-year old being strangely confused sexually about it.

I have an issue with Dr. Strange (yes, what a shock) and he transports Captain America throughout time to revisit early American history.

Sadly, I can’t recall the total story and I haven’t unpacked my old magazines format comics yet.

Needless to say, it was delightfully cheesy with a somewhat educational nature for young readers.

~P~
P-TOR

Wow. They actually found a way to make the Stilt Man lamer. Kudos, gentlemen. Kudos.

The Kirbydotter

March 10, 2007 at 9:14 am

Try collecting a Near Mint complete run of this series!
They are not worth a lot of money, but they are so hard to find, especially in grade. Most dealers didn’t keep them in their inventory.

The John Romita cover on the first issue is very nice isn’t?

Electric Company was a very cool show.
I was happily surprised when I recently found out there are a few dvd collections available.

I saw the show on youtube but only one episoide.It made no since but is really funny and cool.I am a big spidey fan so I respect the show.I never read any of the comic books.

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