Spider-Girl]After slinging webs and defying expectations, May Parker is finally hanging up her Spider-Girl costume.

Almost from the first, Marvel Comics' "Spider-Girl" comic was labeled a most-likely-to-be-cancelled by online comic fans who groused that the series spinning out of a "What If?" issue wouldn't make it a year.

It didn't. It made it three years and three months, if one counts the #0 issue reprinting the "What If?" story.

"The last issue will be #38," series writer Tom DeFalco told the Comic Wire on Sunday.

"Spider-Girl" was the flagship of the MC-2 line, telling stories about the next generation of Marvel superheroes, set in the near future. But whereas "A-Next," "J2," "Wild Thing" and "The Fantastic Five" all lasted a year or less, "Spider-Girl" kept chugging along, despite predictions of doom time and again. Why did "Spider-Girl" make it when the others didn't?

"I hope it's because Pat Olliffe, Al Williamson and the rest of the crew were doing good work. I also believe that part of Spider-Girl's appeal lay in the fact that it was a friendly neighborhood comic that only wanted to entertain its readers."

As for the final issue later this year, DeFalco hopes to bring May Parker's saga to a tidy ending.

"While we never had that many loose ends to begin with, I believe the series will wrap up rather nicely."

What that entails, though, readers will just have to wait and see:

"It will be about twenty-pages long ... with plenty of fun and excitement. Just our usual fare! (And YES there will be some surprises -- but only good ones!)"

As for DeFalco's hopes for what might have been, they're pretty simple: "I hope I would have become a better writer."

But even with the bumps in the road along the way with MC-2 -- there are still unpublished issues of more than one abruptly cancelled book from the line gathering dust at Marvel -- DeFalco says he'd do it all over again.

"Of course! I had a great time. I worked with some truly wonderful people, and even managed to craft some fun stories -- who could ask for anything more?!"

Fans looking for more from DeFalco and his MC-2 partners in crime will have to look for the former Marvel editor-in-chief in new digs this spring, when he moves to Image Comics.

"I am planning to do two titles for Image -- 'Randy O'Donnell is The M@n' with Ron Lim, and 'Mr. Right' with Ron Frenz! And considering this recent turn of events, I wouldn't be surprised if I end up with a third title drawn by Pat Olliffe."



Like Superman, Spider-Man, Batman and the Hulk before her, Wonder Woman is pushing a healthy drink your mother is sure you don't get enough of.

But this time, it's not milk.

The DC Comics heroine is appearing in Minute Maid print ads touting how the company's new Minute Maid Premium Extra Vitamin C and E Plus Zinc orange juice bolsters women's "natural defenses."

"Minute Maid Premium Extra Vitamins C and E Plus Zinc orange juice and Wonder Woman are both great defenders," Brad Goist, Minute Maid's Vice President, Refrigerated Beverages, said in a release announcing the campaign. "Linking them in our advertising is a natural. And, the super-fit Wonder Woman image strikes a chord with consumers who frequent health clubs, thus strengthening our message."

The ad campaign will run in general interest and women's magazines in March and April, and in a series of ads appearing in health clubs in April. A two-page ad appeared in Sunday's edition of "Parade" magazine.

This isn't the first time that Wonder Woman has pushed orange juice: In the "DC Super Heroes Super Healthy Cook Book" published in 1981, she promoted a combination of orange juice and sparkling water as the equivalent of Paradise Pop, which naturally flows from a spring in her homeland of Paradise Island.


When fans of DC Comics' "Green Lantern" think about the dramatic changes seven years ago, when one hero went insane and another was created, they usually think of writer Ron Marz in connection with the end of the Hal Jordan era and the beginning of the Kyle Rayner one. Not many think about the contribution artist Darryl Banks made.

In an interview at 4 Color Review, Banks revealed just how he shaped what happened to Hal Jordan, whom he had long-dreamed of drawing.

Marz and editor Eddie Berganza told Banks there would be some changes on "Green Lantern," but he'd be glad he stuck around.

"I was real apprehensive," Banks is quoted in the interview. "They fed me stuff bit by bit to make sure I could handle it. Hal Jordan will go insane? What? And he'll kill some Corps members? OK, I kinda' expected that. As long as you don't kill Kilowog, I'm fine. And they're like 'well ...' ... Ah, you've gotta be kidding! But then Ron Marz explained, 'look, we could have had him kill the broccoli-headed guy but who would care?' See, 'Green Lantern' had had this stigma about it where they would say 'yeah, we'll make a change, we'll have someone else wear the ring, like Guy Gardner or John Stewart.' But you knew by the end of the year it'd be back to Hal. They wanted to get away from that. Ron really sold me on it. He had a lot of good ideas. He didn't want to make change for change's sake. He had some really strong ideas.

"So they knew they wanted Hal to change and wanted his power to become internalized. They wanted to give him a slightly different outfit and call him The Protector. ... The Protector? I asked them 'so tell me this, who is he protecting?' They just liked the name. So I said 'let me come up with a costume and a name and see what you think.' I gave them the Parallax armor and the name. I thought maybe I could get something that sound like Protector ... so I stuck with the letter P. I mean, I'm literally going through the dictionary and ... Parallax! It had different meanings but they all related to our concept. Like, it means a different point of view and I though Hal's got a different point of view of the Corps now, and how the Guardians have treated them. And also it was something like a star that was once part of a constellation but has moved out of formation and to me the constellation was the Corps and the star is Hal."


Here's what's news and press releases in CBR's Comic Brief since the last edition of the Comic Wire:

  • "Hammer of the Gods #1" Sells Out

As for last time in the Comic Wire:

  • Marvel gives Spidey's web a shake
  • Sassaman on "Geeksville" ending


A special thanks to Loren, moderator of CBR's DC Comics message board.

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