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Snark Free Corner for 5/14

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Snark Free Corner for 5/14

Welcome to the latest installment of your breath of snark free air!

Enjoy!

COOL COMIC MOMENT

Mary Jane Watson was first mentioned all the way back in Amazing Spider-Man #15. This was well before Gwen Stacy, and it was Betty Brant, instead, that Peter was dating.

Note Aunt May’s reasoning for why Mary Jane is so neat (she would be quite good at washing costumes, I bet!)

Aunt May was persistent, though, and brought it up the very next issue.

This led to a funny line (in retrospect) by Spidey –

“That Mary Jane chick”

What a lot of fans forget/don’t know is that Mary Jane being attractive was NOT something that was supposed to be a surprise when she first showed up. In issue #25, we got this exchange, when Liz Allen and Betty Brant (this is still pre-Gwen Stacy) head over to Peter’s house…

Issue #38 also featured an obscured Mary Jane, but #42 (with the book now drawn by John Romita) was the big one.

Peter is deep in thought about Gwen Stacy (who he had first met in issue #31), when he goes with Aunt May to visit Mary Jane and her aunt.

This, of course, led to one of the most famous panels in comic history.

Pretty cool, huh?

COVER THEME GAME

As always, here is the game. I show three covers. They all have something in common, whether it be a character, a trait all three characters share, locale, creator, SOMEthing. And it isn’t something obvious like “They all have prices!” “They all have logos!” “They all feature a man!” etc.

In addition, please note that you must have some familiarity with comic book history to correctly guess these comics. You cannot guess the connective theme just by looking at the covers solely, you must have some knowledge beyond just the covers.

Good luck! A cool point to the first person to figure it out!

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SNARK FREE CHALLENGE

Who is the best non-original member of the Fantastic Four (not counting the Spider-Man/Hulk/Wolverine/Ghost Rider team)?

THE COVER GAME

Homages are getting boring, so now it’s just going to be “The Cover Game,” and I’ll just come up with a different cover-related game each week.

This week’s game is as follows…

When the All-New/All-Different X-Men first showed up in their own title, this was the lineup that appeared on the cover (in hindsight, the writing was on the wall for Thunderbird, no?):

However, these six characters (Banshee, Storm, Wolverine, Cyclops, Nightcrawler and Colossus) really didn’t appear on many covers together.

So, one cool point for each new cover someone names that features all six characters on it!

Good luck!

EDITED TO ADD: Oops! I forgot to mention the standard caveat of only one cover per person (so one person can’t just name, like, twelve covers at once).

WHO IS IT?

Remember, tell me who it is and what number clue gave it away!

1. This creator got his start drawing back-ups for DC in the late 70s/early 80s.
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2. This creator then moved to Marvel, drawing a number of Spider-Man related titles.
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3. This creator spent most of the end of the 80s/beginning of the 90s working for DC.
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4. This creator is currently doing creator-owned comics starring a character named Crybaby.
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5. This creator came up with the redesigned Flash costume Wally West wore (the one with the white eyes).

Who is it?

Well, that’s it for this installment of Snark Free Corner.

Hope you had fun!

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