Comic Book Legends Revealed #419
COMIC LEGEND: Marvel updated the looks of the Steve Ditko Spider-Man supporting cast when they reprinted the comics in the 1980s.
Last week, I did a legend about how Marvel updated some of the old Lee/Ditko Spider-Man stories in the pages of Marvel Tales, including adding stuff like Dukes of Hazzard references.
A couple of readers recalled an even MORE dramatic change, with the actual looks of the characters being altered!
Something like this…
In actuality, that was just a joke in the letters column by the book’s assistant editor Bob DeNatale, as part of the Assistant Editor’s Month bit that Marvel was doing at the time.
Thanks to Rob H., John Trumbull, Big Goonie and Timothy Markin for this one!
Check out the latest edition of my weekly Movie/TV Legends Revealed Column at Spinoff Online: Were Dr. McCoy’s medical instruments on the original Star Trek TV series really just fancy salt shakers?
Okay, that’s it for this week!
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