Amazing Spider-Man Classics
026 ASM Classics - Daredevil 17 and Amazing Spider-Man 38

Farewell, Steve Ditko.  We hardly knew thee.  This episode of Amazing Spider-Man Classics wraps up the tenure of the artist who helped to create our beloved webslinger and guide him down the most formative steps of his publishing history.  With the circumstances surrounding his departure being what they were, it is sadly not the best note on which to depart, but before we talk about A Guy Named Joe in Amazing Spider-Man 38, the Classics gang (continuing to be assisted by Jim Wilson of JimWilsonDesigns, my brother and this website's designer) finishes out Johnny Romita's Spider-baptism by fire in Daredevil 17.

Along the way, we mention several sites for which I want to provide links.

-- Dr. Strange's early adventures, among other things, are being chronicled on a podcast, the Groucho Ramone Show.

-- Lancer Publishing produced the first Spider-Man mass market sized reprint paperback, which has been reviewed by SpiderFan.org.

-- Marvel produced bunches of minibooks that could be found in gumball machines.  They are very cute, and scans of the Spider-Man one are also provided by SpiderFan.org.

As always, you are welcome to send us an email and let us know what you think, or share your thoughts in the comment section below.  And we always enjoy receiving reviews on iTunes, which will also receive response on the show.  Thank you so much for listening!

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Category:ASMClassics -- posted at: 1:25am EDT

025 ASM Classics - Daredevil 16 and Amazing Spider-Man 37

Hello there from all the gang here at Amazing Spider-Man Classics!  This episode, we are back to begin taking a look at the transition from Steve Ditko to John Romita.  Romita had the joys of drawing Spider-Man for a two-part Daredevil story, the end of which happened to coincide with Steve Ditko quitting Amazing Spider-Man.  So in this episode, we are diving into the first part of that story, Daredevil 16, where Daredevil's new foe, the Masked Marauder, incites some enmity between Hornhead and Webhead as part of his evil plot.  Then we switch over to Steve Ditko's penultimate outing in Amazing Spider-Man 37, featuring the Robot Master and the first named, in-character appearance of Norman Osborn.

But we are not alone.  Joining us this time out is designer of the website you are viewing right now, and my brother, Jim Wilson.  He has supported me in this endeavor since its inception, and it was the least I could to have him on to talk some Spidey and Daredevil with us.  He has a great collection of his work in images, Flash animation, and film over at his website, and I strongly encourage you to check that out if you haven't yet.

As always, you are welcome to send us an email and let us know what you think, or share your thoughts in the comment section below.  And we always enjoy receiving reviews on iTunes, which will also receive response on the show.  Thank you so much for listening!

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Category:ASMClassics -- posted at: 2:28am EDT

024 ASM Classics - Amazing Spider-Man 35 and 36

Thanks for coming back to see us here at Amazing Spider-Man Classics.  The three Classicists are all by themselves this time out for a couple of lackluster issues that bring us closer to Steve Ditko's departure from the title.  In Amazing Spider-Man 35, The Molten Man Regrets the shameful things that happened between him and the webhead before, but that doesn't stop him from coming back for more.  Then a right-out loony manages to get superpowers from some rock gas and begins looting, and thus we have the birth of the Looter.  All this, and some real treats from Ditko's Gwen Stacy, too!

Speaking of Gwen, Josh Bertone has written several articles which explore the life of the character, which can be found at the Crawl Space.  And speaking of things being at the Crawl Space, Donovan Grant has been writing some reviews of the 1994 animated Spider-Man television series, so check those out!

Don't forget to send us an email and let us know what you think, or share your thoughts in the comment section below.  And we always enjoy receiving reviews on iTunes, which will also receive response on the show.  Thank you so much for listening!

Direct download: ASM_Classics_Episode_024.mp3
Category:ASMClassics -- posted at: 12:00am EDT