Super-duper slapdash photo of my first cross-stitch project — Spidey and his worst nemeses, in sachet form. Pattern from weelittlestitches on etsy.

Super-duper slapdash photo of my first cross-stitch project — Spidey and his worst nemeses, in sachet form. Pattern from weelittlestitches on etsy.

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spider-xan asked: Top six Spidey villains OR top six supporting Spidey characters who may be on the more obscure side (or you can do both)!

Since I already did villains, I’ll do the second, although there is some overlap: Puma, Prowler, Robbie Robertson (who may as well be obscure the way he’s been sidelined), Kate Cushing, Caryn, collective sixth entry to Peter’s various students and teacher co-workers who never quite got developed.

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afriendtosell asked: Top six Spider-man Rogues.

Norman Osborn, pre-Superior Doctor Octopus (sob), Sandman, Chameleon, Puma (wait, does he still count?), Shocker.

(Hi new person! Or … old person who renamed their blog?)

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magnetgirl replied to your post: ophiuchan asked you: Since you are spider scholar…

I work at a university, in the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry dept., and Biophysics is a certificate program within our major — so it can be both :)

~~Surprise plot twist~~

No, that’s good to know — thank you for sharing!

ophiuchan asked you: 

Since you are spider scholar supreme, what was Peter’s major?

Oooh, that’s a kettle of worms you’ve just opened there.

The simplest, safest answer is that Peter was a “science major,” which is vague but how he refers to himself several times in Lee and Conway’s era. Once you get more specific than that, the evidence starts to contradict itself.

Marvel.com’s official (but fan-maintained) wiki states that Peter’s education level is: “College graduate (biophysics major), doctorate studies in biochemistry (incomplete).” I definitely remember Peter calling himself a physics major, but he also spends a lot more time in biochemistry classes and labs than he does in physics, and his undergrad mentor Professor Warren is a biochemist.

As for his post-grad work, when he starts graduate school in Spectacular Spider-Man #36 he’s identified as a biophysics student, and again when he resumes his interrupted studies a few decades later in Amazing #421. (He drops out again later.)

So there’s the safe, definitively correct, and hideously vague answer (“science”), the semi-official but not definitive answer (“biophysics”), and the most accurate but not especially helpful answer (“biochemistry or biophysics.”) Wibbley wobbley sciencey wiencey?

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haeresitic replied to your post:

personally i think it’s also because doctor who is also a commentary on britain? of course spidey is also a medium for social commentaries, but i feel that it is even more so for Who. maybe that could also be a factor?

I could buy that. Spidey’s New York-ness is an actuality, whereas the Doctor’s Britishness is a metaphor, and it’s a lot easier to comment on or deconstruct a metaphor. I remember reading this fantastic meta not too long ago on how shifts in Doctor Who storytelling reflect shifts in Britain’s conception of its own national identity.

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I have zero problem with the British actor Andrew Garfield playing Spider-Man, a character inextricably tied to New York City and by extension to the US, and yet it annoyed me when I watched Jane Espenson’s interview about the women of Doctor Who and not a single one of the actresses she suggested to play a future Doctor were British. ???, self.

Talking about class and Spider-Man with spider-xan last night reminded me: One thing that strikes me about the changes made between 616 and USM is that Peter goes from working to middle class in the transition. Social norms in American society and plausibility norms in American superhero comics changed a lot between Lee’s 1960’s and Bendis’s 00’s. There’s no way Ultimate Peter could’ve been presented as the 15-year-old breadwinner of his family working for a major metropolitan newspaper after school, the way early 616 Peter was. But even if you put that aside Ultimate Peter (ironically) didn’t have the same worries about his future the same way 616 Peter did. Ultimate Peter worried about living through the next six months; 616 Peter worried about living through the next six months, and then he worried about paying for Aunt May’s medical bills, and then he worried about paying his rent, and then then he worried about losing his college scholarship, without which he couldn’t finish his education and achieve his career dreams…

I had half-articulated thoughts about this for a while during Ultimate Peter’s era, but it really jumped out at me once Miles Morales came to the scene — Miles, who, as a black/hispanic working class kid who is introduced waiting to see his future determined by lottery. The Uncle Aaron/Prowler plotline foregrounds what was background in the Lee/Ditko era: by being Spider-Man Miles isn’t just risking his life in the present, but also his future. So even though Miles is a very different person than Peter with different powers, supporting cast and setting, in that thematic sense at least I think he’s a stronger modernization of “Spider-Man, everyman hero” as a concept than ultimate Peter was. (Esp w/r/t the acknowledgment that “everyman” does not mean “white.”)

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creepingmonsterism replied to your post: continued rape tw

Man sometimes you really just want to give up on comics forever for the sake of your sanity.

You’d think “not treating rape as a joke” would be a fairly low bar to meet, but apparently even after the likes of One More Day my standards are just too high.

I haven’t given up on (superhero) comics forever, or even 616 Spider-Man forever, but I’m sure as hell not buying any more of Slott’s work anytime soon. And I wish I could get a refund on stuff like Spider-Man/Human Torch and his She-Hulk run, because as much as I enjoyed those stories at the time there are a LOT of uncomfortable things about them that I may have noticed before in passing but really can’t ignore now.

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imageronchronchronch replied to your post: on Superior Spider-Man #2 

wooow gross

imagegorgons replied to your postspider-xan liked your post: on Superior Spider-Man…

:cccc it’s so gross

imagespider-xan replied to your postspider-xan liked your post: on Superior Spider-Man…

That this crap is supposed to be Marvel’s ‘sensitive’ way of handling something as serious as rape according to Wacker is so gross.

Truth in synergy. And I really need an Inigo Montoya reaction gif right now. (“I do not think that word means what you think it means.”)