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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 335

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!

We begin the Cool Christmas Comic Countdown with an awesome Spider-Man: Tangled Web Christmas issue by the amazing, spectacular and sensational Darwyn Cooke and J. Bone!


A few months back, I spotlighted Darwyn Cooke and J. Bone’s OTHER issue of Tangled Web (which was set on Valentine’s Day – I, of course, spotlighted it in September. Topical, I know).

This slice-of-Spider-man-life takes place on Christmas Eve.

It opens up with a great intro page…

Then sets up a madcap sensation when Crystal, the Wasp and Sue Storm all go Christmas shopping while trying to find Crystal’s missing cousin, Medusa….

when a mind-controlled Medusa (as well as a mind-controlled mall Spider-Man, played by Flash Thompson, of course) go nuts…

Meanwhile, the orphans mentioned in the intro page were causing havoc at the Daily Bugle when J. Jonah Jameson decides to take them with him to Macy’s to show them that their hero, Spider-Man, really IS a crook (as reports are coming in of the brainwashed Flash Thompson/Spider-Man robbing the store – those same reports are sending the Fantastic Four to the store, as well)…

Eventually, Peter (who was there on an errand from Jameson) ends up in the fray…

Looks awesome, right? J. Bone’s pencils and Cooke’s inks work beautifully together. And Cooke’s story is a delightful holiday romp!

What a great comic to start this year’s countdown with!!


I love this! I had fun reading this…looking forward to more…


December 2, 2010 at 2:28 am

That was a good comic.

I miss Tangled Web, it often delighted.

This does look cool.

Ah man. So fun. I want more just straight up fun comics like this.

Great pick Brian.


I love Tangled Web, despite discovering something like five years after the fact.

Marvel should pay Cooke a boatload (literally an entire boat’s worth of cash, and I’m talking a schooner here, not a tiny rowboat) to work on Spider-Man for an entire year. No directive, no continuity tie-ins or gimmicks, just Cooke going nuts on the character doing whatever he wants.

I love it! What issue is this?

Oops, my bad! It’s Spider-Man’s Tangled Web #21.

This is one of my all time favorite comics; just the right amount of humor and sentiment. Tangled Web was an awesome series. There needs to more books like that one. Solo issues of characters we all know and love, but not bogged down by the multi issue multi title crossovers. Just simple fun stories.

Can’t wait for the rest of the series!

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