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Comic Book Legends Revealed #318

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In a recent article about sound effects in comics, Alan Kistler (who is a nifty comic book historian) noted about Spider-Man's famous "thwip"...

Spiderman's web-slinging effect also underwent a sonic evolution. What started as a WHIZZZZZT in 1962's Amazing Fantasy #15, became a TWNNNNG! in 1963's Amazing Spider-Man #1. A year later, Steve Ditko (or possibly Stan Lee) gave Spidey's web a THWUP! sound effect which again went through several subsequent iterations—including THWAP, WHAP, WHIPP and ZAP. It wasn't until John Romita Sr. took over that the thwip we all know and love became a permanent fixture.

I suppose there's something to be said for the fact that Romita, I guess, used the "thwip" frequently, but not only did thwip appear in Ditko issues, it showed up in two of the last three issues preceding ROmita's run on the book.

"Thwip" first appeared in #36...

then in #37...

then Spidey does not use his web-shooters at all in Ditko's finale issue and then Romita took over with #39 and "thwip" showed up right away...

It sure looks more like Romita was just following Ditko's lead than making any sort of change, right? Or that whoever did the sound effects decided to use "thwip" as of #36 and just kept going.

Not a big deal, of course, it just struck me as interesting, especially as we're in the midst of When We First Met month! No slight intended to Alan - he's great. You should check his site out here.

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