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.

The Evolution of Aaron Stack

And now, your Spidey Super Stories/Nextwave Moment of Joy this week: The Evolution of Aaron Stack: Machine Man:


Figure 1:






Figure 2






And Finally, Figure 3:






All things considered, that’s a pretty logical character arc.


Machine Man circa 1979 can be found in Spidey Super Stories #41 (quite possibly the single greatest comic of the 20th century), while Aaron Stack circa 2006 can be found in Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen’s Nextwave, which is most certainly the greatest comic book of the new Willennium.

Decision ’80: The Race Heats Up

Your Spidey Super Stories Moment of Joy for this week:







Is there any conceivable reason why we have never gotten
J. Jonah Jameson Super Stories?


Spider-Man’s run for President against the Jester is chronicled in Spidey Super Stories #49, which also includes Hawkeye AND the Rocket Racer, and is therefore a comedy goldmine.

The Shameless Flirting of Mary Jane Watson

Your Spidey Super Stories Moment of Joy for this week:



Dude, Mary Jane. Your boyfriend is right there.



We know, Spidey. We know.


The heartbreak of dating a super-model is chronicled in Spidey Super Stories #27, wherein Loki interrupts MJ’s game and gets a boot to his chops for his trouble.



BONUS FEATURE: I Seriously Have No Idea


Behold, and be perplexed:



Just Like Dear Old Dad

Your Spidey Super Stories Moment of Joy for this week:



The Lizard’s on the sauce again in Spidey Super Stories #55, wherein it is revealed that he keeps the serum that turns him human again in a bottle conveniently marked “CURE,” which he subsequently uses on Stegron the Dinosaur Man. Not to be outdone, Spidey uses the same on the Lizard because, and I quote, “Curt Connors is cuter.”

Incidentally, for another great post on Spidey Super-Stories, check out Sterling’s rundown of the Doctor Doom “Sweet and Nice” issue from long before I posted it here.