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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 303

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!

Today we take a look at a neat one-shot from last year by Seth Meyers, Bill Hader and Kevin Maguire called Spider-Man: The Short Halloween!


The three main characters in The Short Halloween are introduced in the next few pages. You got Fumes, a somewhat inept new supervillain, you have Ronnie (who is dressed as Spider-Man for Halloween) and his friends and you have, naturally, Spider-Man himself.

So once Hader and Meyers have set the scene, they put the story into motion when Fumes accidentally manages to knock Spider-Man off of the rooftop into the same alley where Ronnie has passed out drunk and, sure enough, the two guys dressed as Spider-Man are switched.

Ronnie’s friends take the real Spider-Man to Ronnie’s apartment and Fumes calls his gang to tell them he has captured Spider-Man.

As you might imagine, hilarity ensues.

While there’s lots of madcap action, what I like best about this comic is the character work that Meyers and Hader do with Fumes. They make him a really compelling character.

And if you’re going to do anything with a lot of character work, Kevin “I drew the hell out of character expressions” Maguire is who you want on your side, so Hader and Meyers are lucky to have him drawing this one-shot.

Anyhow, try to pick this one up – it’s a real blast!


“The Short Halloween”??? I’m laughing already. I haven’t bought a single issue in who knows how long, but this looks to be worth tracking down.

Bill Hader? As in SNLs Bill Hader? I need to get a copy of this.

Tom Fitzpatrick

October 31, 2010 at 7:30 am

That has got to be the best drawn spider-man in decades. How come Marvel hasn’t snapped Kevin Maguire
up with an exclusive contract?

How come I never heard of this before?

This looks cool. I heard about it but never saw it in a store.

However, something about the art, I think it’s the coloring, doesn’t seem to serve Maguire’s art so well. It’s too slick and glossy, or something. It’s got more of a Chaykin look to it, actually.

It’s probably just me.

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