Every installment of I Love Ya But You’re Strange I spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories. Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature. Feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com if you have a suggestion for a future installment!
Today, based on the suggestion of reader Chris R., we take a look at the time when Spider-Man fought a wall, a wall created by none other than Joss Whedon's father, Tom Whedon!
Spidey Super Stories was this great little comic book by Marvel that was created to tie in with Spider-Man's appearances on the PBS television series of the mid-1970s called The Electric Company. The comic featured original stories for young kids featuring Spider-Man (one of the stories is the now legendary appearance of the Thanos-Copter). However, the comic ALSO featured comic adaptations of the short Spider-Man appearances on the television series. One of the main creators of the Electric Company was TV writer Tom Whedon, who was the son of a famous TV writer John Whedon (who wrote for The Donna Reed Show, Leave it to Beaver, The Dick Van Dyke Show and many other notable sitcoms of the 1950s and 60s) and is the father of another famous TV (and film) writer, Joss Whedon.
The story being spotlighted today was adapted in Spidey Super-Stories #8 by writer Jean Thomas and artists Win Mortimer and Mike Esposito, is the tale of the Wall...
The Wall has perhaps the greatest origin in the history of comics...
Yes, a bunch of bricks fell on him and he became a wall. That is amazing. Sort of like the Amazin' Mets, who the Wall decides to mess with...
Commenter Melsner had a great idea for me to include the original Electric Company skit that the comic was adapting. Here it is!
Now that I've included the original sketch, obviously the visual for the outfielder was based on the actor who played the player in the original sketch. I thought he looked a lot like Jean Thomas' then-husband, Roy Thomas, but I was wrong!
Thanks for the great suggestion, Chris! And thanks to Melsner for the idea to include the video in the piece.
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