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Comics Feature (1980) - #22
"Special Spider-Man 20th Anniversary Issue"
New Media Publishing


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  Writer(s):
Kurt Busiek
Mike Harris
Jim Korkis
Sam Kujava
Rick Norwood
Hal Schuster
Don Thompson
Maggie Thompson
Murray R. Ward

Penciller(s):
Mike Harris
Sam Kujava
Robert Lewis
John Romita Sr.

Inker(s):
Mike Harris
Sam Kujava
Robert Lewis
John Romita Sr.

Editor(s):
Robert Lewis

Cover Artist(s):
Mike Harris
 

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Cover Date: December 1982
Cover Price: US $2.50

Issue Tagline: Special Spider-Man 20th Anniversary Issue Including Interviews With Tom DeFalco, John Romita, John Romita, Jr. / Plus a Preview of Amethyst / 13 New Titles From DC in 1983

Format: Black & White; Magazine; 104 pages

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Letters Column: None

Synopsis:
The bulk of the issue is dedicated to celebrating SPIDER-MAN's 20th Anniversary, including a 20-year retrospective, a personal recollection of reading Spider-Man by a fan, extensive interviews with his then-current handlers and an article looking at Spider-Man's television cartoon programs. The centerspread by John Romita features Spidey among his cast of characters.

The issue also includes current comics news and details on comics shipping in January 1983. A thoughtful remembrance and analysis of Gene Day's legacy is provided by Hal Schuster. The new AMETHYST, PRINCESS OF GEMWORLD series is previewed with art and an article that interviews its writer Dan Mishkin.

Don & Maggie Thompson contribute a column called "Fandom Origins" that continues its look at the year 1970, noting the many significant events the new decade brought, from the first Overstreet Price Guide, Jim Steranko's History of Comics Vol. I, the founding of ACBA, to Steve Canyon's marriage and the publication of CONAN #1.

"D.S. Dursley" writes a history of England's WARRIOR magazine that is noteworthy for discussing Alan Moore's MARVELMAN and V FOR VENDETTA several years before American audiences embraced them.

The issue is rounded out by Rick Norwood's Strip Tease column covering comic strips, and Murray Wards's thorough six-page exploration of DC Super-Teams of the 1970s.

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"Tom DeFalco Interviewed" - Edit this story

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Spider-Man's current editor TOM DeFALCO is interviewed by KURT BUSIEK. This engaging and wide-ranging discussion touches on DeFalco's early days at Archie Comics, a two-year stint at DC through his then-current position editing for Marvel. Among the many topics touched upon are GHOST RIDER, G.I. JOE, Japanese animation (DeFalco had never seen SPEED RACER, but loves TOBOR), how TEAM AMERICA will resemble the Culp/Cosby series I SPY, DAZZLER, MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE, Byrne's FANTASTIC FOUR and, in there somewhere... SPIDER-MAN.

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A 10-page essay that considers and evaluates 20 years of Spider-Man history (including in addition to AMAZING SPIDER-MAN the later titles MARVEL TEAM-UP and PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN). Over the course of his critical evaluation Ward proves himself a historian as well as a fan of the character.

The article is liberally illustrated with panels and pages from the Ditko and Romita eras of Spidey's first 20 years, with editor Robert Lewis himself providing the striking illustration of Spider-Man that opens the piece.

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Don & Maggie Thompson continue to detail the many significant events of 1970.

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"The Phoenix Phunnies: Dream of the Rarebit Fiend" - Edit this story

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A one-page comic strip by MIKE HARRIS that pays tribute to WINSOR McKAY.

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MIKE HARRIS interviews two generations of Spider-Man illustrators: JOHN ROMITA, SR. and JOHN ROMITA, Jr. The interview touches on Romita Sr.'s work for Stan Lee in the 1950s, his brief run on DAREDEVIL and the old Marvel Bullpen. Romita Jr. (who mentions having just turned 26!) makes a passing mention of his stint on IRON MAN.

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SAM KUJAVA shares his personal recollections of reading Spider-Man, from first discovering SPIDER-MAN #6 in a "fat, 72-page copy of MARVEL TALES #3" through his disenchantment with the end of the Lee run and the Conway years to feeling a new excitement at the promise held out by Stern & Romita, Jr. Kujava's own illustrations of Spidey accompany this powerful piece of memoir writing.

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Animation historian JIM KORKIS discusses 26 animated half-hours of Spider-Man completed circa 1981 "which seem to have disappeared from the face of the Earth." Art Vitello produced the majority of these programs, some of which, notes Korkis, "feature the best animated version of Spider-Man ever produced; some feature the worst." A fascinating piece of reporting that also discusses at length the Wall-Crawler's then-current cartoon, SPIDER-MAN AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS.

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RICK NORWOOD discusses collecting comic strips in his informative column. Contains a checklist of the most collected comic strips and their formats.

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"The Super-Team Spirit: The DC Super-Teams of The 1970's" - Edit this story

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MURRAY R. WARD examines DC Comics' super-teams of the '70s, including carry-overs from before (THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES, THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA) to Jack Kirby's NEW GODS and THE FOREVER PEOPLE OF SUPERTOWN. Ward even considers unorthodox super-teams, such as THE SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER-VILLAINS and THE SUPERFRIENDS.

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A six-page piece of superhero history well researched and complimented by three ROBERT LEWIS illustrations, as well as cover reproductions.

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