In one of the letter columns in the late-80s Question, Denny O’Neil refers to Peter Parker as a schlep, and always having been one. That’s Yiddish, and a little confusing because that precise word is a verb meaning to lug something inconvenient, but here, and as I’ve often heard or used it, it’s short for schlepper, meaning an inept, stupid person.
Sense, coincidence, nonsense, and consequence
We’re all grown-ups here, right? Not gonna freak out when I say, all plot is contrivance. Read the rest of this entry
Who I am
This is the fourth and last post for my series on The Amazing Spider-Man #1-100 as a novel. Read the rest of this entry
This is the third of four planned posts about Spider-Man as Stan Lee’s novel, running from the original appearance in Amazing Adult Fantasy #15 through Spider-Man #100. Read the rest of this entry
Bad guys and bad fathers
I’m on about Stan Lee’s run on Spider-Man as a novel again, for the second of four intended posts. The first one was Today I am a man. Read the rest of this entry
Today I am a man
BONUS POST: Thanks to Markku Tuovinen and his July pledge at the Doctor Xaos Patreon!
So my long-standing claim is that Lee’s run on Spider-Man – technically, Amazing Adult Fantasy #15 and The Amazing Spider-Man #1-100 is a straightforward and excellent novel. This is the first of four planned posts about that.
I, said the Fly
Every so often, one can see superhero comics’ heart. Read the rest of this entry