A new column that swings back to Spidey’s beginnings…
When 13th Dimension launched back in 2013, I made sure to carve out a little section where I could write about Batman to my heart’s content. I originally called the feature Gotham Tribune, after the first newspaper to show up in a Batman comic. But that didn’t feel right, so I renamed it Batman’s Hot-Line, after the old Detective Comics letter column:
Thing is, for quite some time, I’ve wanted to do the same for Spider-Man — hands down my favorite Marvel character — but I’ve never really felt knowledgeable enough to pull that off.
Then a funny thing happened while I was perusing Facebook recently. Alex Segura — you know him as Archie Comics’ co-president, author of the Pete Fernandez mysteries and writer of various Archie series — posted a great piece about an issue of Amazing Spider-Man he’d just read. (He’d been doing them periodically.) I clicked “Like” — and just like that, a jolt went through me as if I’d been bitten by a radioactive spider: I messaged Alex immediately and asked him if he wanted to turn his posts into a column. At the same exact time, he messaged me, asking me if I wanted to do something with his posts at 13th Dimension.
That, as they say, is kismet.
So, to echo Batman’s Hot-Line, we bring you a new column, The Spider’s Web, after the classic Spidey lettercol:
Alex’s columns will analyze specific periods in the web-slinger’s development, with the first installment covering his first several years. And we invite your feedback, whether in the comments section of each column or in the social-media thread where you find a specific installment.
The Spider’s Web will appear periodically — at least once a week to start — and we’ll be collecting the links below, so you should bookmark this post.
— The Days of DITKO to the Reign of ROMITA. Click here.
— The Birth of the PROWLER — and the Coming of the KANGAROO?! Click here.
— Revisiting the Death of CAPTAIN STACY. Click here.
— Six Arms and the DRUG ISSUES. Click here.
— The Timeless Brilliance of GERRY CONWAY’s Launch. Click here.
— The Enduring Power of the CONWAY-ANDRU Team. Click here.
— Swinging High With the ORIGINAL CLONE SAGA. Click here.
— How Len Wein’s SPIDER-MAN Stacked Up Against Gerry Conway’s Run. Click here.
— GREEN GOBLIN III: Len Wein’s Crowning SPIDER-MAN Moment. Click here.
— SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN’s Launch Wasn’t Exactly Spectacular. Click here.
— MARV WOLFMAN Had an AMAZING Handle on SPIDER-MAN. Click here.
— The Ups and Downs of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #200. Click here.
— INSIDE LOOK: DENNY O’NEIL’s Offbeat, Uneven SPIDER-MAN Run. Click here.
— SEEDS OF GREATNESS: Roger Stern’s Sterling Run on SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN. Click here.
— A TRUE JUGGERNAUT: The Launch of Roger Stern and John Romita’s Powerful AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Run. Click here.
— ENTER THE HOBGOBLIN: Stern and Romita Jr.’s Superb Achievement. Click here.
— TOM DeFALCO and RON FRENZ: A Solid SPIDER-MAN Run Hampered by External Forces. Click here.
— SPIDER-MAN’s 1980s Roller-Coaster: A Gang War, a Wedding and a Funeral. Click here.
— KRAVEN’S LAST HUNT: A SPIDER-MAN Epic for the Ages. Click here.