Spooktoberfest Special: Rules of Survival

And now, your Spidey Super Stories Moment of Spoooookiness for this week:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, children, what have we learned?

 

1. Mary Jane should maybe wear skin-tight super-hero costumes all the time, even in books for eight year-olds. Especially in books for eight year-olds.

2. Have a secret identity? Go ahead and dress up as your alter-ego for a costume party! Anybody who suspects anything is easily dealt with thanks to drugged Jacks O’Lantern and brazen lying.

3. Remember, Kids! There’s an evil green monster-man right outside your window who wants to steal your candy, and he’s going to come back next year and toss your loved ones off a bridge. Oh, and Spider-Man cannot (or will not) stop him. Now sleep tight!

 

Despite the fact that he says in one story that it’s the middle of July, Spider-Man fights Jack O’ Lantern and hits up the Electric Company’s Halloween party in the pages of Spidey Super Stories #56.

36 thoughts on “Spooktoberfest Special: Rules of Survival

  1. And because of Spider-man’s inaction, the Green Goblin went on to egg Aunt May’s house that night.

  2. That fourth panel, with the overhead shot of the Green Goblin leaning into the window to steal candy with his glider just casually sitting off to the side, is hilarious beyond words.

  3. This is exactly like an episode of Spidey and His Amazing Friends. Except it was Firestar in the Jessica Drew costume and Goblin wasn’t smart enough to get away with the candy.

  4. Do the 5th and 6th pictures happen in that order in the comic? Cause how does one seriously get away from Spider-man then hurdle, not dive, through a window?

  5. Clearly, Spider-Man is severely concussed.

    (True story: last week a guy on my lacrosse team got knocked out, and when he came to he thought it was July.)

  6. The text for the first photo states, “Huh. So that’s where Bendis gets it.” What, pray tell, is “it”?

  7. The text for the first photo states, “Huh. So that’s where Bendis gets it.” What, pray tell, is “it”?

    Look at the original New Avengers lineup. Remove Luke Cage. Remove Spider-Man. Then ask yourself “Who here really isn’t an Avenger?”

  8. How half-assed is Peter? In the world of comics, there’s a costume store every other block, and he couldn’t be bothered to rent something else?

    It’d be like if I went to a costume party wearing business casual and a domino mask and claimed to be “Cubicle Man.”

  9. It’s amazing how well MJ fits into the Spider-Woman costume… I seriously thought it was Jessica until you pointed out it was MJ.

  10. Those “weekend treats” look more like Swamp Thing’s hallucinogenic tubers. Which could explain a lot.

  11. The Inimitable Kevin Church said, RE: Mary Jane as Spider Woman and Where Bendis Gets “It”:
    Look at the original New Avengers lineup. Remove Luke Cage. Remove Spider-Man. Then ask yourself “Who here really isn’t an Avenger?”

    This reply does not make sense to me. Why would Mary Jane dressed up as Spider-Woman in a one-off kiddie comic lead to Jessica Drew as Spider-Woman being a New Avenger? I need more dots connected, please.

    My first thought was that this is where Bendis drew the Spider-Woman hotness from this issue. Which, while probably not true, is certainly a conclusion that could be drawn from that top picture.

  12. “Mary Jane should maybe wear skin-tight super-hero costumes all the time, even in books for eight year-olds. Especially in books for eight year-olds.”

    “Stan the Man says: Happy Halloween True Believers, who’s ready to jump-start puberty? Excelsior!”

  13. Yeah, definitely reminds me of that Amazing Friends episode. Firestar not only was a dead ringer for Jessica Drew, but for MJ as well. Funny how that works out.

    And Peter was stupid enough to dress up like Spider-Man again, except this time he was smart/stupid enough to make it accurate by wearing a cheap plastic mask that bore some resemblance to Spidey’s as opposed to a random domino mask.

    At least then the Goblin was a bit more ambitious than just wanting to steal candy for a midnight snack. Still out of character, yes, but more ambitious.

  14. That bastard in the tiny green cowboy hat stole my idea for a costume this year.

  15. I love Peter’s reaction to him. “I am NOT the guy I’m dressed up as, OK? And I’m going to emphasise that fact by being completely oversensitive every time it’s mentioned! Now stop it!”

  16. Is THIS the genesis of that JMS SPIDER-MAN episode where he goes to a coffee shop in costume, b/c the owner believes he’s just some nut who dresses up as Spider-Man? Inquiring minds want to know!

    km – clearly, Peter Parker is the Larry Craig of Halloween costumes…. ;)

    Best,
    Tim Liebe
    Sing it, Kidz! “I/Am Not/Spidey! do-do-do Dodododo! I/Am Not/Spi-Dey!”

  17. “Jon Says:

    How half-assed is Peter? In the world of comics, there’s a costume store every other block, and he couldn’t be bothered to rent something else?

    It’d be like if I went to a costume party wearing business casual and a domino mask and claimed to be “Cubicle Man.””

    Give Peter a break, he was probably out all night fighting costumed maniacs and didn’t have the time/money to find a costume.

    We’re lucky he didn’t freak out and beat up half the guests just for wearing costumes.

    ps: the gorilla that isn’t pictured, is it a REAL gorilla, or a costume?

  18. Is it just me or is one of the party guests in the second-to-last panel dressed up as Rorschach?

  19. That guy looks so bored to see Peter and MJ.

    I mean, Peter sure, but MJ in a skintight costume? What’s wrong with the guy?

  20. The gorilla is actually a gorilla, but it’s wearing a party hat. That is not technically a costume, but, well, it’s an admirable effort from a gorilla.

    As for Rorschach, that’s actually Fargo North, Decoder, and he always dresses like that. He’s just wearing a pair of Groucho glasses and–

    Wow. I’m explaining Fargo North, Decoder’s costume. I think I need a drink.

  21. “The gorilla is actually a gorilla, but it’s wearing a party hat. That is not technically a costume, but, well, it’s an admirable effort from a gorilla.”

    But can he make sushi?

    BTW, welcome back, and hope your mom mends fast!

  22. Chris Sims went off again:
    See, these are called “jokes,” and I’ll be telling them throughout the evening.

    Yes, but they’re called “jokes I don’t get,” and typically you don’t trot out too many of those. I suspect that there’s some inside “Bendis sucks… HA!” gag here that’s going over my head because I don’t buy New Avengers.

    Unless, you know, it just stops at “Bendis sucks… HA!” in which case, you know, I’m good.

  23. “Scott Says:

    We’re lucky he didn’t freak out and beat up half the guests just for wearing costumes.”

    I’d have been cool with that. Except
    for Sleepy Dude With Tiny Cowboy Hat. I suspect he’s more dangerous than he lets on…

  24. Bendis is known for being a big fan of the original Spider-Woman, who had a 50 issue run from 1978 to 1983. Written by such diverse writers such as Marv Wolfman, the late Mark Gruenwald and Chris Claremont to name but a few, she was one of the more interesting Marvel female spin offs, having worn hats as a HYDRA agent, bounty hunter and thorn in the side of Morgan Le Fay. She also did her share of face kicking as well, against killer clowns, Nekra and Viper.

    Of course, since a lot of people don’t like Bendis, they assume that he’s shoehorning his favorites, like Luke Cage or even Spider-Woman, into his books. There is a solo Spider-Woman book supposedly en route from Bendis and Maleev but it has been promised since at least 2005, so who knows anymore. We’d probably see the return of ROM before the Spider-Woman solo book.

  25. “The gorilla is actually a gorilla”

    It’s Paul! What was Jennifer of the Jungle’s costume? (I love me some ‘Lectric Company.)