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Gotham: 10 Hollywood Comic Book Movies Faithful To The Source Material

 

GOTHAM

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IN FRANCHISES, COMIC VALUES AND COLLECTIONS

In our article, we list 10 important Hollywood movies that faithfully adapted the source material from the comics. Though blockbuster success is not the most important factor, their impact on cinema and the visual arts is undeniable. Moreover, they helped pioneer other comic book movies and shared cinematic universes.

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10. CAPTAIN MARVEL (2019)

With the popularity of the superhero genre, Captain Marvel (2019) was a welcome surprise. As a true cosmic movie, the film takes its subject matter seriously. Though Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck add comedic moments. Perhaps, few Marvel Cinematic Universe films pay as much attention to their titular heroine’s origin story. Certainly, Carol Danvers’ Kree origins are central to the superheroine both in the comics and the movie. At Refinery29, the critic points out the major change is in Mar-Vell’s gender swap from male to female.

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the cast, the original use of the superhero genre, the impressive visual effects, the movie production and the top-notch acting.

9. BATMAN (1989)

To begin, the Batman (1989) was a cinematic event for the period. Certainly, the movie is indebted to the dark and gritty graphic novels of the 1980s such as Batman: The Killing Joke or Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. Though the film successfully adapts Batman’s noir atmosphere from the source material, it alters elements of its mythos. For instance, the Joker killed Bruce’s parents and Batman is willing to kill.

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the cast, the ground-breaking use of the superhero genre, the serious Batman treatment, the pop-culture impact and the top-notch acting.

8. SPIDER-MAN (2002)

Incredibly, Spider-Man (2002) captivated audiences at the beginning of the twenty-first century. In fact, the Sam Raimi films were a cultural sensation out-performing the original Superman: The Movie at the box office. At the time, audiences loved the movie. And director Sam Raimi’s faithful rendition of the Spider-Man world won fans though the adaptation of his super powers and the loss of web-shooters created controversy.

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the cast, the original use of the superhero genre, the pop-culture impact, the authentic Spider-Man universe and the top-notch acting.

7. SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE (1978)

Certainly, Superman: The Movie (1978) is the original superhero blockbuster. When the movie was released, general audiences were charmed by the hero’s enthralling story. Moreover, Christopher Reeve’s charismatic performance carried the movie. Importantly, the movie actually changed the Superman mythos instead of simply adapting it. In fact, the Krypton backstory was a new addition from the Donnerverse that changed its depiction in comics.

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the cast, the first blockbuster comic book movie, the pop-culture impact, the charismatic Christopher Reeve performance, the re-invention of the Superman mythos and the top-notch acting.

6. THOR (2011)

In terms of cinematic achievement, Thor (2011) is a visual and aesthetic masterpiece. Certainly, the movie skyrocketed the former B-lister to super-stardom at Marvel. And it is well deserved. Importantly, the Thor movie respects the most important elements of the hero’s origin story: the legendary Asgard, the worthiness enchantment on Mjolnir, and the struggle between the brothers Thor and Loki for the throne. Though the only significant alteration is that Asgardians are an alien race and not gods.

 

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the cast, the first blockbuster Thor movie, the charismatic Chris Hemsworth performance, the legendary world of Asgard and costume work, one of the most faithful Marvel Cinematic Universe comic book adaptations to film.

5. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (2011)

Importantly, Captain America: The First Avenger may be the best Captain America movie. When it comes to faithful adaptations, the movie retains the basic Captain America story: a young, feebled and patriotic Steve Rogers enrolls in Project Rebirth and becomes a Super-Soldier. Becoming Captain America, he leads his unit against Red Skull and Germany. Though the only major difference is that the Captain stays in the ice for 70 years in the movie as opposed to 19 years in the comics.

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the cast, the first blockbuster Captain America movie, the charismatic Chris Evans performance, the chemistry between the lead actors, one of the most faithful Marvel Cinematic Universe comic book adaptations to film.

4. BATMAN RETURNS (1992)

Incredibly, Batman Returns (1992) might be the most memorable Batman film of the early 1990s. With an iconic cast in Michelle Pfeiffer and Danny Devito who star as memorable villains Catwoman and Penguin; and an impressive performance by Michael Keaton, the film is even darker than the first one. According to Batman Online, the movie inspires itself from multiple gothic-style Batman stories from the early 1990s such as Batman: Dark Knight, Dark City (1990).

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the iconic cast, the darker Batman sequel, Michelle Pfeiffer’s break-out performance, the chemistry between the lead actors, a cult film during the decade, an inspiration from multiple comics in the 1990s.

3. V FOR VENDETTA (2006)

Incredibly, V for Vendetta (2006) takes its title directly from the source material. At IGN, the critic cites the Wachowski Brothers’ adaptation took some liberties from Alan Moore’s comic. Though, the general premise of a masked man opposing totalitarian regime in Great Britain remains. Nonetheless, the movie’s third act does not escape the tropes of Hollywood endings. Certainly, it belongs at the top of this list as an iconic movie adaptation.

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the adaptation from Alan Moore’s avant-garde and deconstruction of the superhero genre, the Wachowski’s artistic license and the popular controversy.

2. WATCHMEN (2009)

Gloriously, Watchmen (2009) misses the top spot on this list. At the same time, the movie is a cult classic that has passionated fans since 2009. At the helm, Zack Snyder directs the most important adaptation of a comic book to the big screen. Once again, Alan Moore’s masterpiece proves to be the inspiration. Certainly, there is a reason why the director has been celebrated among die-hard fans.

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the adaptation from Alan Moore’s masterpiece and the greatest comic of all time, Zack Snyder’s visual story-telling, gratuitous violence and pop-culture impact.

1. 300 (2007)

Gloriously, 300 (2007) showed it is possible to create a successful R-rated movie. Successfully, the movie was a pop-culture sensation at its release and became every fan’s visual scriptures. As a visual director, Snyder created a frame-by-frame adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel. Though the movie is violent, graphic and barbaric, it inaugurated a completely new visual form of storytelling.

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the iconic cast, Gerard Butler’s charismatic performance, a revolutionary R-rated blockbuster movie, scene-by-scene adaptation faithful to the comic, Zack Snyder’s unique visual storytelling.

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Every Major Change Captain Marvel Made From The Original Comics in Refinery29.
How Superman: The Movie Changed Kal-El’s Comic Book Mythos in Nerdist.
Comic Influences on Batman Returns (1992) in Batman-Online.
V for Vendetta: Comic vs. Film in IGN.
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Marvel Day: This Day In Marvel History, Thor And Hercules Armwrestle In A Milestone Oversized Issue

 

MARVEL DAY

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IN SUPERHERO BATTLES

In the Thor: Love and Thunder post-credit scenes, Hercules makes his first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And Hercules is set to carry out Zeus’ revenge on Thor. In the comics, these two titans have had many earth-shattering battles. In the milestone issue, Thor (1988) #400, Thor and Hercules had their famous armwrestle.

This October 25th, in Marvel history, we list important comic events.

THOR AND HERCULES ARMWRESTLE

In Thor (1988) #400, Thor hit a milestone. In order to celebrate Thor, writer Tom DeFalco and writer/artist Ron Frenz collaborated on the supersized 64-page comic. What better way to celebrate the God of Thunder than with the Thor vs Hercules rivalry? In the story titled “When Warriors Clasp!”, Thor and Hercules armwrestle to settle who is the strongest. In the process, they shatter mountains and the story ends on a cliffhanger.

 

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ODIN VS SETH, THOR VS SURTUR

In Thor (1988) #400, the team also ran a Surtur story titled “Lest the Heavens Perish!” In the story, Thor has to battle Surtur across time and space. Also, it features a rare Odin battle against Seth. Importantly, Thor has to use the Odinpower.

 

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CAPTAIN BRITAIN’S FIRST APPEARANCE

In Marvel Team-Up (1977) #65, Marvel introduces a storied character that changed the status-quo. Introduced as “Marvel’s British super-hero sensation,” Captain Britain makes his first appearance as a Spider-Man team-up.1 In the 1980s, he would play a founding role in X-Factor with an alternate Kitty Pryde.

ARCADE’S FIRST APPEARANCE

In the comic, the supervillain named Arcade also makes his first appearance. In the issue, the British Maggia hire the international assassin to kill Brian Braddock whom they suspect to be Captain Britain. After, Arcade would play an important role for the X-Men moving forward.

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“Secret Wars Omnibus” Review

 

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Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars (1984). Marvel Comics

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Drawn from Earth across the stars, the Marvel Universe’s greatest heroes and villains are set against one another by the mysterious and all-powerful Beyonder — with the winner promised the ultimate prize! But as battle lines are drawn, new alliances forged and old enemies clash, one among them is not willing to settle for anything less than godhood. Can even the combined might of the Avengers, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men prevent Doctor Doom from becoming the most powerful being in the universe? Now, the greatest super hero war of all time is collected alongside an untold chapter of Thor’s time on Battleworld, Titania’s incredible origin, and “What If?” tales that offer very different endings to the Secret Wars!

COLLECTING: Secret Wars (1984) 1-12; Thor (1966) 383; She-Hulk (2004) 10; What If? (1989) 4, 114

Critically, Secret Wars Omnibus is the greatest Marvel comic of all-time. In fact, the company-wide crossover tells the story of the cosmic god Beyonder‘s orchestration of a battle royale between the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Avengers, Spider-Man vs the Wrecking Crew, Galactus, Magneto, Doctor Doom, Lizard, Doctor Octopus and Enchantress on Battleworld.

Together, writer Jim Shooter and artist Michael Zeck collaborate on the 12-issue comic. Really, the writing shines on the struggle between good and evil. Indeed, the art in the book is the brightest of the Copper Age of comics: panoramic, muscular and colorful.

Indeed, share this comic to fans of Comic-Con, Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Definitely, it is worth its price and will leave you wanting for more Beyonder! And Doctor Doom!

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To begin, Secret Wars Omnibus is the first company crossover in Marvel history. Indeed, it’s the greatest comic of all-time in terms of popularity, financial success and impact on continuity. In fact, Marvel Studios plans to adapt the comic in Phase 6 of its movies.

Really, the comic is perfect for all ages and its straightforward tale of good heroes against evil villains to entertain a cosmic god, will appeal to adults and children. Also, witness Doctor Doom’s great moment as he attempts to steal the Beyonder’s power!

The comic is good for your Marvel collection. You will definitely love Michael Zeck’s thin lines, the quick story-telling, and the colorful panels. This oversized omnibus brings together beautiful illustrations that bring the story to life.

This product has 8 global ratings with an average customer review rating of 4.5 out of 5.

POSITIVE REVIEW

The customer review said: “With this edition, all that has changed. The oversize format lets the illustrations breathe. The intense, full color scheme brings everything to life.”

NEGATIVE REVIEW

There is 1 negative global rating. The negative review commented on the poor plot: “Corny dialogue (ok, let’s put the blame on the eighties), hundreds of characters, a really silly plot, stupid villains, dumb heroes… I strained throughout the pages of this monstruosity, and realized that, after all, it was no surprise that marvel kept doing these horrible crossover events during the nineties, if this is what passed for reference… go read something else or buy it, if you have trouble sleeping.”

Overall, this comic was great.

CONCLUSION


POSITIVE:

  • First Marvel company crossover.
  • Successful franchise.
  • Straightforward plot.

NEGATIVE:

  • Not enough customer review ratings.

OUR PRODUCT REVIEW RATING:


I recommend this Copper Age comic as the greatest Marvel event of all-time.


























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Marvel Day: Rookie Speedball Teams Up With Spidey and DD In “The Evolutionary War”

 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Tom DeFalco, David Michelinie


Penciler(s)

Mark Bagley


Colorist(s)

Bob Sharen


Cover

Ron Frenz, John Romita


Publisher

DC Comics


Publication Date

May 31, 1988

IN MAD SCIENCE

In Evolutionary War, the High Evolutionary has survived his latest suicide attempt. He renews his quest to perfect the human genetic pool and create a human race superior to the Beyonders.

After a series of failed attempts, the drug war in New York City emerges. In his latest attack, High Evolutionary wants to setup a machine that puts the city to sleep, to put his sinister plan in motion. It’s up to Spider-Man, Daredevil and the unlikely hero Speedball to stop him.

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HIGH EVOLUTIONARY VISITS THE ETERNALS TO MAP THE SURFER’S GENOME

In Silver Surfer Annual (1988) #1, the High Evolutionary visits the Eternals. Successfully, he persuades them to aid his cause to perfect the human genome. To this end, they agree to map the Silver Surfer‘s genome. However, the Surfer refuses and they let him be.

THE PURIFIERS ATTACK MUTANTS DEEMED A THREAT TO HUMAN GENETIC PURITY

In New Mutants Annual (1988) #4, the High Evolutionary’s Purifiers attack mutants deemed a threat to human genetic purity. When Magma is attacked, the New Mutants and the Hellfire Club storm the villain’s base in Wyoming.

 

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SPEEDBALL, DD AND SPIDEY STOP THE HIGH EVOLUTIONARY’S DEVICE IN NEW YORK

In Amazing Spider-Man Annual (1988) #22, is the first appearance of Speedball in Marvel continuity. Named Robbie Baldwin, he overhears the High Evolutionary and his plan to put New York City to sleep with his device. With the help of Spider-Man and Daredevil, they stop the Purifiers and destroy the device atop the Empire State Building.

IN THE FINALE, AN AD-HOC AVENGERS TEAM VS THE HIGH EVOLUTIONARY

In Avengers Annual (1988) #17, an Avengers reservist team of Jocasta, the Captain, Falcon, Hercules, Hulk, Beast and Yellowjacket must stop High Evolutionary’s genetic bomb. In one final battle, the Avengers hyper-evolve Hercules to match High Evolutionary with the villain’s equipment. Apparently, both combatants are destroyed.

 

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“The Amazing Spider-Man Annual No.1 1964” Review

 

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Amazing Spider-Man Annual (1964) #1. Marvel Comics.

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One of the greatest comics in Marvel history. Gift this comic to your family and friends on occasions of birthdays, anniversaries and Spider-Man day. Available on Amazon.

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We’re not professional graders. Still a GORGEOUS book! CGC and signature ready!

Critically, Amazing Spider-Man Annual (1964) #1, is the first appearance of the Sinister Six in Spider-Man comics. Dangerously, the villain team threatens Spider-Man’s personal life.

Together, writer Stan Lee and writer/artist Steve Ditko collaborate on the story. Really, the writing shines on the central protagonist and the seriousness of the threat. Also, the art in the book is characteristic of the Bronze Age: colorful, action-oriented and dramatic.

Indeed, share this graphic novel on Spider-Man Day and at birthday parties. Definitely, it is worth its price and will leave you wanting for more Spider-Man! And the Sinister Six!

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  • Language: English.
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  • Publication Date: January 1, 1964.

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To begin, this comic is very valuable for being the first appearance of the Sinister Six in Marvel comics. First, it is an upper mid grade copy that is CGC and signature ready. Recently, the villain team was rumored after Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Importantly, the comic presents a personal threat to Peter Parker. When Spider-Man struggles with his powers, the Sinister Six threaten Peter’s loved ones. And it is up to Peter to save Aunt May.

The comic is excellent for your collection. This is the comic to own in order to build your Spider-Man collection. Collectors will love the comic format and the initial printing.

This product has 35 global ratings with an average customer rating of 4.8 out of 5.

POSITIVE REVIEW

One customer review said: “It is in better condition than we were expecting. The pages themselves are almost pristine, the only damage is too the outside cover which looks like some tried to restore it.”

NEGATIVE REVIEW

There are two negative global ratings. One negative customer review commented on false advertising: “The item I received was not the item pictured (which is what I thought I was ordering). Glad I didn’t pay that much for it.”

Overall, this comic was great.

CONCLUSION


POSITIVE:

  • Paperback format.
  • Kindle and Comixology formats available.
  • Great writing.
  • Classic art.
  • CGC and signature ready.
  • Initial printing

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  • Not enough customer reviews.
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I recommend this comic as a valuable Spider-Man comic from the Bronze Age.


























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Marvel Day: The Timeline Of The Superior Spider-Man Proves How The Best Marvel Villains Can Be Redeemed

 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Dan Slott


Penciler(s)

Ryan Stegman


Colorist(s)

Edgar Delgado


Letterer(s)

Chris Eliopoulos


Cover

Ryan Stegman, Edgar Delgado


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

January 9, 2013

IN REDEMPTION

THE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN SHOWED US HOW A MARVEL VILLAIN CAN BECOME A HERO

When we think of Spider-Man’s nemesis, we think of Green Goblin, Venom or Mysterio. Perhaps, we could argue that Doc Ock is actually his nemesis. In fact, he once dated Aunt May, formed the Sinister Six and regularly threated Spider-Man’s personal life.

During the Marvel Now! (2012), the Marvel Universe changed after AvX. Now, Marvel decide to redeem Doc Ock who had been suffering regular defeats from Spider-Man. With The Superior Spider-Man, Doc Ock became a hero. Let’s show why Marvel Now! showed us how to successfully redeem a Marvel villain.

The Superior Spider-Man (2012) #1. Marvel Comics.

PHASE 1: HONOR THE WISH OF THE DEAD AND BE A HERO

Finally, Doc Ock triumphs over his mortal enemy. In Avenging Spider-Man #15.1, Otto Octavius wakes up in Peter’s apartment. Gleefully, he revels over his victory over Spider-Man. When Otto Octavius was near him, Peter Parker visited him. Using brain-switching technology, Doc Ock switched minds with Peter Parker.

Now, Otto in Spider-Man’s body fought Peter Parker in Doc Ock’s body. However, Spider-Man succumbed to the injuries and died. But, now in Spider-Man’s body, Otto realized that he should embrace Spider-Man’s motto: “With great power, comes great responsibility.” Thus, he became a hero and became The Superior Spider-Man.

PHASE 2: THE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN LIVES TO SPIDER-MAN’S POTENTIAL

Originally, the premise of the series was for Doc Ock to show how Spider-Man’s amazing powers and intellect, can fulfill the hero’s potential. Indeed, Otto realized he could apply his mind to improve Spider-Man’s superheroing and personal life.

For instance, Doc Ock enrolled at Empire State University to help Peter complete his doctorate. In addition, he set up a base where Spider-Man could locate danger and invent new tech. Also, Doc Ock created The Superior Spider-Man suit and eventually set up Parker Industries.

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PHASE 3: SHOW THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN IS THE TRUE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN

Though the Superior Spider-Man proved to be more organized and tactical, he struggled with heroism. When Doc Ock gained Spider-Man’s body, Spider-Man’s consciousness survived. In fact, it meant to prevent Otto from committing serious crimes and even murder.

Soon, Spider-Man’s entourage and the public noticed the hero’s more violent methods. At the same time, the Superior Spider-Man garnered the ire of Spider-Man’s enemies. During Spider-Verse, it was certain that Doc Ock could not live up to the name of the Superior Spider-Man.

PHASE 4: DOC OCK REDEEMS HIMSELF BY SACRIFICING HIS LIFE

Previously, Otto used a neurolitic scanner to remove Peter Parker’s consciousness from his brain. Later, Spider-Man’s consciousness comes back. When the Goblin King attacks Superior Spider-Man with the Spider Slayers. However, Doc Ock searched for his love, Anna Maria Marcona, whom Goblin King took hostage.

When Otto was faced with saving a girl in the subway, Peter’s consciousness came back and drove him to save her. Then, he realized Peter was the Superior Spider-Man. Finally, returning to his lab Doc Ock used the neurolitic scanner to erase his consciousness. In the end, Peter Parker’s consciousness took control of Spider-Man’s body to save Maria.

 

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Marvel Day List: 10 Worst Things The Sinister Six Have Done In Spider-Man’s Life (Comics, TV and Video Game)

 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Stan Lee, Steve Ditko


Penciler(s)

Steve Ditko


Letterer(s)

Steve Ditko


Cover

Steve Ditko, Stan Goldberg, Artie Simek


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

June 11, 1964

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WHO ARE THE SINISTER SIX?

Originally, the Sinister Six were banded together by Doctor Octopus. After suffering three defeats in a row from Spider-Man, Dr. Octavius understood the need to band with other criminals. Thus, he contacted all known Spider-Man rogues. With the knowledge their group would be only for a short duration.

Only five responded. Together, Dr. Octopus, Electro, Vulture, Mysterio, Kraven the Hunter and Sandman would become the Sinister Six. Also, the group has been known as the Savage Six, the Sinister Seven and the Sinister Twelve. Let’s list 10 horrible things the villain team has done in comics and television to ruin Spider-Man’s life.

The Sinister Six.
The Sinister Six. Marvel Comics.

 

COMICS: KIDNAP AUNT MAY AND BETTY BRANT

First, when they formed Doctor Octopus planned to use people important to Spider-Man as bait. Though unaware, they kidnapped Aunt May who was a bystander. In addition, they realized Betty Brant was important. So they kidnapped her. Second, the Sinister Six set up a gauntlet.

Indeed, Spider-Man had to fight each member individually in order to save the loved ones. But this was a bad time since Spider-Man had lost his powers at the time. In fact, it turned out to be a psychological block over Uncle Ben’s death. Which he overcame in life or death situations.

TV: THE SIX BEAT UP SPIDER-MAN SO BAD THAT THE BLACK SYMBIOTE SUIT TOOK OVER HIM AT NIGHT

In Spectacular Spider-Man, the Sinister Six form for the first time in Season 1: Episode 11. After Electro breaks them out of prison, the Six attack Spider-Man’s family. No match against Doc Ock, Vulture, Shocker, Electro, Sandman and Rhino, Spider-Man retreats.

At night, Spider-Man actually wishes that his enemies end up behind bars. Previously, Spider-Man has been using the black costume. At night, the black symbiote takes over him and goes to fight the Sinister Six. The next day, Peter finds out Spider-Man captured them but cannot remember.

COMICS: DOC OCK AND THE SIX TRIED TO CONQUER THE WORLD THROUGH COCAINE ADDICTION

After the Sinister Six were freed from prison, Doc Ock brought them together. Again, he sought revenge against Spider-Man. Apparently, Kraven committed suicide so Hobgoblin took his place.

However, Doc Ock’s real plan was to conquer the world by dealing cocaine. Fortunately, Sandman had reformed. With his help, Spider-Man defeated the Sinister Six.

TV: THE SIX ATTACK AT CHRISTMAS AND KRAVEN BETRAYS MYSTERIO

To prove that the Sinister Six really were out to get their foe, they attacked when he least expected them. At Christmas, Mysterio, Kraven, Sandman, Vulture, Doc Ock and Electro attack Spider-Man. When the battle turns into Spider-Man’s favor, Kraven betrays Mysterio.

In fact, he tells Spider-Man it is a robot duplicate. Soon, Spider-Man defeats the rogues. In the end, Spider-Man saves the nearby Santa Claus and Elf. Though the identity of “Master Planner”, who is Doc Ock, remains a mystery to him.

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Amazing Spider-Man Annual (1964) #1. Marvel Comics.

COMICS: IN A BID TO CONQUER THE WORLD, THE SIX GAVE SPIDER-MAN ARM AND LEG FRACTURES

In their newest scheme, Doc Ock and his criminals planned to steal alien weaponry. When his family was threatened, the reformed Sandman recruited Spider-Man’s help.

However, the Sinister Six went on a killing spree, murdering wantonly. And Spider-Man was injured with fractures of arm and leg. In addition, it took members of the superhero community in order to finally take them down.

TV: THE INSIDIOUS SIX ATTACKED WHEN SPIDER-MAN WAS SUFFERING FROM A MUTATION DISEASE THAT CAUSED POWER LOSS

Similarly to Earth-616, Spider-Man: The Animated Series created the Insidious Six. Here, they were assembled by the Kingpin in order to destroy Spider-Man. Similarly, Spider-Man was suffering from a mutation disease that caused his power loss.

When they battled Spider-Man, they quickly overpowered him. In addition, they unmasked him. Not impressed by his performance, they concluded Peter Parker could not be Spider-Man. Later, Spider-Man would defeat them after regaining his powers.

 

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VIDEO GAME: SPIDER-MAN BATTLED THE SINISTER SIX TO SAVE THE CITY

In Marvel’s Spider-Man, Doc Ock brought the Sinister Six together in order to defeat Norman Osborn. Dr. Octavius released Mister Negative, Electro, Rhino, the Vulture and Scorpion to attack Manhattan.

In the gameplay, Spider-Man went around the city defeating his rogues. In the final battle, Spider-Man defeated Doc Ock atop Oscorp Tower.

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COMICS: NORMAN OSBORN FORMED THE SINISTER TWELVE

Years later, Norman Osborn, the Green Goblin, was defeated by Spider-Man. Before he headed to prison, he activated a contingency plan. Contacting Spider-Man’s rogues, he put together the Sinister Twelve. Together, Scorpion led Vulture, Sandman, Electro, Chameleon, Lizard, Hydroman, Shocker, Hammerhead, Boomerang, Tombstone.

When Scorpion captured and threatened Aunt May, Spider-Man and Black Cat were blackmailed in breaking Green Goblin out of prison. Though the two made a heroic stand, they were no match for the Sinister Twelve. With the help of Captain America, Iron Man, Daredevil, Hank Pym and the FF they defeated the supervillain team.

TV: DEFEATING SPIDER-MAN, CHAMELEON BETRAYED THE SINISTER SIX AND FREED RED SKULL

In his latest scheme, Kingpin gathered the Sinister Six. Their mission was to retrieve the keys of the Six American Warriors. With the keys, he planned to activate the Doomsday Device. And they were successful in defeating Spider-Man and retrieving the keys.

Though Chameleon betrayed them. Dangerously, he knocked them out with a sleeping gas and freed Kingpin from a vortex, along with Captain America. In the end, the complex collapsed and the Sinister Six disbanded.

VIDEO GAME: IN A CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS, SPIDER-MAN BATTLED THE SINISTER SIX

In Marvel Contest of Champions, the Sinister Six are assembled by Grandmaster. In reality, it is a contest between Grandmaster’s champions and the Collector’s champions.

When Spider-Man and the Summoner are cornered, the Spider-People of the Battlerealm come to their help. As the Spider-People defeat the other members, Spider-Man and Summoner take down Doc Ock.

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Marvel Day List: 5 Myths About Ben Reilly In The ‘Clone Saga’

 

DC DAY

Writer(s)

Tom DeFalco, Todd DeZago


Penciler(s)

Sal Buscema


Colorist(s)

Joe Andreani


Cover

Sal Buscema


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

July 26, 1994

IN READING GUIDES, LISTS, REVIEWS

5 MYTHS ABOUT BEN REILLY IN THE ‘CLONE SAGA’

5. SPIDER-MAN KILLED BEN REILLY

In Amazing Spider-Man (1975) #149, Spider-Man learns about the existence of his clone. During the issue, the Jackal reveals his identity as Peter Parker’s biology professor. Namely, Miles Warren was secretly in love with Gwen Stacy. When Gwen died, he blamed Spider-Man and plotted revenge. After an unethical experiment, Warren realized Serba wanted to clone a human Gwen

In madness, he killed Serba and became the Jackal. Later, he clones Gwen as well as Peter Parker. In the issue, Spider-Man and his clone fight for the last one standing. However, Warren seemingly kills the Spider-Man clone when he fails to stop his bomb. Fortunately, Spider-Man escapes. In the end, Spider-Man buries the body in an industrial chimney. In reality, Ben Reilly was alive and survived thanks to a chemical the Jackal previously injected in him.

 

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4. BEN REILLY IS A CRIMINAL

Later, after Ben Reilly assumes a costumed identity, he becomes the Jackal. Previously, Ben Reilly found illegal employment. Thanks to a scientist he met a scientist named Seward Trainer, he obtained fake paperwork. However, his illegal work was inconsistent.

After a month of work, his employers usually found out about his fake work history, and Ben had to move. In addition, Ben even worked in Italy as an English teacher. However, he had to leave after the local Mafia found out about his fake credentials. Though he was illegal, Ben was not a criminal supervillain.

3. BEN REILLY IS THE TRUE PETER PARKER

In Web of Spider-Man (1994) #117, Ben Reilly returned to New York. After an initial mistrust, both Peter Parker and his clone got along. However, Peter was stunned when Seward Trainer revealed Ben Reilly was the true Peter Parker and Peter Parker was the clone. Fortunately, each hero agreed to keep their civilian identities. When Mary Jane became pregnant, Peter moved with her out of New York.

For a while, Ben Reilly would have adventures and lead a normal life. Finally, Trainer was revealed to be an agent of Norman Osborn who survived apparent death after The Night Gwen Stacy Died. In fact, he was the mastermind behind the clone saga. In the end, Ben disintegrated after Green Goblin’s glider pierced him, proving he was the clone.

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2. BEN REILLY NEVER BECAME SPIDER-MAN

When Peter and Mary Jane moved out of New York, Ben initially took on the costume of the Scarlet Spider. Later, feeling guilty over Uncle Ben’s death, he became Spider-Man.

Later, Spider-Man wold have adventures with the Human Torch and the X-Men. In addition, he would fight Mysterio and help defeat Green Goblin in his last battle before his death. However, he would return.

1. SPIDER-MAN IS STRONGER THAN BEN REILLY

In many respects, Ben Reilley proved a capable Spider-Man.

During DC Versus Marvel, he proved capable of defeating the stronger Superboy.

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LINKS


Benjamin Reilly (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 149 in Marvel Database.
Web of Spider-Man Vol 1 117 in Marvel Database.
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Under-Appreciated Heroes/Villains: #WeStandWithMilesMorales Against His Uncle Aaron’s Blackmail

 

UNDER-APPRECIATED HEROES/VILLAINS

Writer(s)

Brian Michael Bendis


Penciler(s)

Sara Pichelli


Colorist(s)

Justin Ponsor


Cover

Kaare Andrews


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

March 7, 2012

IN SQUADS, TEAMS AND LEGUES

#WESTANDWITHMILESMORALES AGAINST BETRAYAL

In Ultimate Comics Spider-Man (2012) #8, Uncle Aaron reveals Miles Morales’ secret. To begin, Uncle Aaron infiltrates the Brooklyn Visions Academy. In the courtyard, he apprehends Miles and his friend Ganke. Before Miles can meet his uncle, he tells Ganke to go to his room. Dangerously, Uncle Aaron reveals to Miles that he knows his secret. Moreover, he tells the mutant that the Oz spider that bit him was delivered by him.

Before Aaron can go any further, he is interrupted by the school principal. Soon, he is escorted out. In Ultimate Comics Spider-Man (2012) #10, Spider-Man and Prowler meet on the rooftops. After a brief scuffle, Uncle Aaron blackmails Miles to work with him. As matter of fact, he wants the boy as his enforcer against the supervillain named The Scorpion. Or else he will tell Miles’ father about his secret, who is “an anti-mutant hypocrite.”1 Together, #WeStandWithMilesMorales against betrayal.

Ultimate Spider-Man (2012) #12.
Ultimate Spider-Man (2012) #12. Marvel Comics.

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FOR MILES: HE STOOD UP TO THE PROWLER’S BLACKMAIL, ACCIDENTALLY KILLING HIM

Previously, Spider-Man (Miles Morales) knew Uncle Aaron Davis was the Prowler. In Ultimate Comics Spider-Man (2012) #12, Miles come home to reveal his secret to his family. Outside, Uncle Aaron meets him. And knowing his intentions, the criminal threatens to kill him if he doesn’t work in his schemes.

Later that night, Spider-Man and Prowler meet on the rooftops. Courageously, Miles orders Aaron to leave town and no longer threaten his family. Quickly, a fight to the death follows. During the battle, Prowler’s Vibro-Shock Gauntlets are damaged. Fatally, the Vibro-Shock Gauntlets explode killing him.

In Ultimate Comics Spider-Man (2012) #12, Uncle Aaron dies in a battle with Miles Morales. Marvel Comics.

 

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Feat: Flash, ‘JLA’ #3

 

In ‘JLA’ (1997) #3, Flash uses the infinite mass punch against Zum, a White Martian. Let’s look at the super-strength feat.



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Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Vol 1 8 in Marvel Database.
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Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Vol 1 12 in Marvel Database.

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Reviews: ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ #329

 

REVIEWS

'Amazing Spider-Man' (1989) #329.
Amazing Spider-Man (1989) #329. Marvel Comics.

IN Reading Guides, Lists, Reviews

STAR RATINGS:

Best: 5 to 4.5 stars.

Good: 4 to 3 stars.

Bad: 2.5 to 2 stars.

Worst: 1.5 to 0 stars.

BEST: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1989) #329


























Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

In Acts of Vengeance, Spider-Man’s status quo changes in a lasting way. Together, collect Amazing Spider-Man #326-329, Spectacular Spider-Man #158-160 and Web of Spider-Man #59-61, #64-65 in Acts Of Vengeance: Spider-Man & The X-Men.

Perhaps, Spider-Man‘s big break as his luck is finally about to reveal. When the wall crawler is exposed to a cosmic accident, he suddenly gains an increase in super powers.

In Amazing Spider-Man #329, is finally the revelation in time for Spider-Man to face a foe with the power of three sentinels. Indeed, witness Captain Universe vs Tri-Sentinel!

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'Amazing Spider-Man' (1989) #329.

DIALOGUE

In many respects, David Michelinie’s dialogue is all about action. Indeed, the words get straight to the point and are mostly about descriptions. In fact, Michelinie’s Spider-Man is all about action and dealing efficiently with his enemy.

In addition, the villain of the story who acts behind the scenes gives serviceable lines. For the most part, this is more or less the weaker element of the comic.

PLOT

Generally, Acts of Vengeance and Spider-Man’s arc focus on Loki’s recent manipulations of Marvel’s top villains. Really, Spider-Man’s arc progresses well as he faces different villains such as Graviton, Magneto and the Tri-Sentinel.

In the latter issues, the purpose of Spider-Man new powers is revealed. In Amazing Spider-Man #329, Spider-Man becomes Captain Universe. Indeed, Michelinie changes the Spider-Man status quo to the fans’ elation.

CHARACTERIZATION

Perhaps, the best aspect of the comic. Though the villain’s motivations are uninteresting, he plays an important part in moving the story along. And in one blast of energy, Captain Universe is activated!

Furthermore, the writer does a good job at highlighting Spider-Man’s humanity despite his unlimited power. Also, Spider-Man’s cast like Mary Jane appears in the comic.

ART

Equally, the most enjoyable element of the comic. Importantly, Erik Larsen’s panels are kinetic, expressive and focus on action and tension. As matter of fact, the villain has ample space to shine with large close-ups of the face.

Meanwhile, Larsen depicts Spider-Man and his agile body with strength, explosiveness and power. Finally, the battle with Tri-Sentinel is well executed. In fact, the splash page of the final act is memorable.

VERDICT

Finally, the comic shakes up the Spider-Man status quo. Nothing less was expected from the creative team. Definitely, this storyline is one of the greatest Spider-Man stories ever told.

RECOMMENDATION:

Definitely, collect either the trade paperback or the single issues.


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LINKS

Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 329 in Marvel Database.