Comic Book Legends Revealed #318


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.

Okay, that's it for this week!

Thanks to the Grand Comics Database for this week's covers! And thanks to Brandon Hanvey for the Comic Book Legends Revealed logo!

Feel free (heck, I implore you!) to write in with your suggestions for future installments! My e-mail address is cronb01@aol.com. And my Twitter feed is http://twitter.com/brian_cronin, so you can ask me legends there, as well!

Follow Comics Should Be Good on Twitter and on Facebook (also, feel free to share Comic Book Legends Revealed on our Facebook page!). If we hit 3,000 likes on Facebook you'll get a bonus edition of Comic Book Legends the week after we hit 3,000 likes! So go like us on Facebook to get that extra Comic Book Legends Revealed! Not only will you get updates when new blog posts show up on both Twitter and Facebook, but you'll get original content from me, as well!

Also, be sure to check out my website, Legends Revealed, where I look into legends about the worlds of entertainment and sports, which you can find here, at legendsrevealed.com.

Here's my book of Comic Book Legends (130 legends - half of them are re-worked classic legends I've featured on the blog and half of them are legends never published on the blog!).

The cover is by artist Mickey Duzyj. He did a great job on it...(click to enlarge)...

If you'd like to order it, you can use the following code if you'd like to send me a bit of a referral fee...

See you all next week!

Spider-Man Is About To Become Marvel's Sorcerer Supreme

More in Comics