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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 201

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at a neat moment from Tangled Web…

Tangled Web #14 was written by Brian Azzarello, with assistance from Scott Levy, the professional wrestler known as Raven. A young Giuseppe Camuncoli drew the issue.

The basic concept is that a small wrestling group is about to go under – they’re just not selling enough tickets. They have essentially one popular wrestler, Crusher, who has offers from the big agencies where he can be a big, heroic star.

Instead, Crusher shows his loyalties to his people by instead turning into a “villain” for the sake of a dramatic, Hail Mary longshot – he will act as a “shooter” – a wrestler who fights for real. He will make the fans hate him and he will do a special event where the fans can fight him in the ring for a chance at $10,000.

Everything is counting on Crusher’s heroic gesture.

The set-up is impeccable…

And as the fight begins, we feel the urgency, we feel the nobility of what Crusher is trying to do, and then…

“The” moment has to be the ending, but boy, this was a well-crafted comic by Azzarello and Levy. And Camuncoli did a great job, as well.

32 Comments

FunkyGreenJerusalem

July 21, 2009 at 12:13 am

I liked Tangled Web a whole lot.

There were a few misses, but plenty of hits.

Coding mix up there, tillfelix – it’s fixed now.

beautiful. just… beautiful.

I had no idea that was a Spider-Man comic until Crusher Hogan and even then I just thought they were borrowing the name until the last panel.

That’s amazing.

Wow, what a great moment. Has this series been collected?

Wow. That was amazing.

Matt: Yep, 22 issues are collected in four trades.

Oops, I meant to also say that those 22 issues are the whole series, and that nothing was left out.

johnny the boy

July 21, 2009 at 6:09 am

i know the spiderman origin story as well as most comic fans but not inside and out. so i did not realise that crsuher was the guy thst spiderman beat until the big reveal at the end, which remains one of my favorite comic book moments ever.

Neat. Here I thought it was some kind of “this is where Crusher Hogan ended up” story, which they already did back in Amazing Spidey #271. What’s interesting is that Crusher was written completely different in that story than in this one. Oh well, still a neat ending.

Nice job on the setup and payoff. Levy also helped in writing when he was in ECW, which i think helped sell the moment just a little better, forgive the pun.

I would read a Marvel Wrestling comic.

Great pick! This was one of the first single issues I bought when I first started buying weekly comics (mostly because I was a fan of Levy/Raven at the time), and it was as good an introduction to the single issue experience as I could hope for (being a done-in-one story that’s very satysfying by itself while also making the larger universe it exists in seem more interesting).

What makes it great is that even though most of us know where it’s headed, the narration (along with the art in that last panel) preserves the impact of the moment.

It’s also available from Marvel’s digital comics service. They have the whole series there I believe.

This goes along with another nice Spiderman moment I remember (though I can’t remember the specific issue). Crusher had opened a gym and was teaching kids from his neighborhood, and he was telling the kids that he had trained Spiderman. He ended up getting in trouble, and had to get Spidey’s help. Spidey going along with the story for the kids was always a nice moment.

cool seeing the story of spiderman first testing his powers told from crusher point of view. not to mention the reason crusher is doing the gimmick in the first place

Makes you feel bad Crusher lost…hmmm…maybe he should meet Mephisto and…change the outcome…naw…Marvel would NEVER do that….would they???

John Lewis, Jr.

July 21, 2009 at 9:34 am

I first I thought this was pretty cool, but the more I think about it, the less sense it makes.

I can see why the promoter didn’t want to pay Peter since his business was failing, but in the Tangled Webs story he’s painted as this nice guy everyone’s loyal too. Also, by winning Peter accidentally screwed everyone. It seems like the story was created around the last line, but everything that came before it didn’t fit.

Am I missing something?

I liked it when DeFalco and Frenz revisited Crusher Hogan during their ASM run. Crusher kept telling everyone he was Spider-Man’s old pal and trained him to fight crime, and Spidey let it slide.

Cammo! His art is always a treat.

What the hell is he drawing now that Steve Segovia’s on Dark Wolverine and Simon Bisley’s doing the Hellblazer interiors?

Is he rotating arcs on one or the other or both?

I don’t know, just comes off heavy handed, overdramatic and drawn out to me. Overall it just seems to think it’s way more clever than it actually is. Plus the drama just seems dragged out and forced. But then again, if it wasn’t all of those things it wouldn’t be an Azzarello comic.

It works because they make you care about Crusher Hogan and his world in the space of 24 pages only to have the bottom drop out at the end. We know who Crusher is and how his shoot contest will end up, but Azzerello and Levy do a great job of getting sympathy for him. It forms a good trilogy with Amazing Fantasy 15, the Defalco Amazing issue (271?) and now this, where you see how Peter’s actions affected others in a negative way before he learned that “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”.

that *is* cool. but does it mean hammerhead’s after crusher? he wasn’t a bad dude…

Phenomenal setup to a heartwrenching ending. I don’t care about the flops of Tangled Web, the hits were more than enough for me, and I still don’t get why the series died after 22 issues.

John Lewis, jr, you might be confusing things with the movie. I’m not aware of anything in the original story about the promoter not wanting to pay Peter, or any reason why people wouldn’t consider him a nice guy.

I notice the money seems to be a much larger amount here than in Amazing Fantasy.

Entertainer13

July 26, 2009 at 7:23 am

Man, I loved this issue. I bought it because of Raven’s involvement, but man… was it gripping. I actually think about this story a lot when thinking of Spider-Man’s mythos. It was so heart-breaking to see Peter jump in that ring…

Entertainer13

July 26, 2009 at 7:25 am

Oh, and to back up Mary Warner… Yeah, you’re confusing the comic with the movie. In the early Spidey stories, he wrestled and did his own thing for quite some time, getting paid even after this incident by other promotions, thanks to his manager. Why didn’t he stop that criminal? Because he was just a jerk. The movies gave more reason for him to be a jerk, but all Pete said in the comics was, “Hey, not my problem!”

“Also, by winning Peter accidentally screwed everyone.”

“Am I missing something?”

Well, yes and no, I guess. Based on the first quote, you clearly “got” it, but you apparently don’t dig that.

The thing that’s awesome is that you’ve got somebody who wasn’t even established enough to be a genuine villain, just a stop along the way for Spider-Man, but that one encounter with Spider-Man completely changed his entire life.

That’s kind of the overall premise of the series, the quintessential example certainly being ‘Gentlemen’s Agreement’ in ish #4. There’s also a decent J. Jonah Jameson story, which is slightly gratuitous, in that it seems like a story which is told every few years in one spider-title or another. Sometimes they stray a bit — they did a Rhino story that was good, and a Spider-Man on Valentine’s Day story that more or less ignores that, but pretty much, the series is about the unknown impact of Spider-Man on other people’s lives.

Incidentally, answering the question above, this story is specifically in the third of four trades.

i love stuff from azarrello…how come theres no stuff from 100 bullets on this list?

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