Monday, March 30, 2009

Monster Monday: Giant-Size Spider-Man 1 and Dracula

Back in the spring of 1974, after a winter of Marvel’s indecision of naming it’s giant-size books (SuperStars, Chillers, SuperTeams, etc), they finally announced Giant-Size Spider-Man #1.  This was going to be a super-sized version of Marvel Team-Up, with guest stars so big that the regular title couldn’t handle them!  And who would be the very first bombastic guest star?

Giant Size Spider-Man house ad

Yes, Dracula.  Tomb of Dracula was selling very well for Marvel at the time.  I just couldn’t imagine how Peter Parker would deal with a supernatural creature like Dracula.  Waiting for this title to finally appear seemed like an eternity, but after weeks of stalking out various stores, I finally found it one weekend.  I think John Romita drew an excellent cover with Spidey ina classic pose…

Giant-Size Spider-Man 1

All in all, the story was a big letdown.  Dracula and Peter Parker wind up on the same cruise ship, with different agendas.  While Dracula walks around killing people, Parker is looking for a serum to save Aunt May.  They only appear together in one panel:

GS SpiderMan1, brief encounter

Gerry Conway tried his best, but I suspect they just didn’t want to have Drac facing off against a costumed Spider-Man.  I enjoyed the reprinted story of an early Human Torch team-up much more than this one.
In later issues, fans would ask for another monster-sized team-up with Simon Garth, the Zombie.  Alas, Marvel could not accommodate them—the Comics Code Authority prevented any appearances of “the walking dead” at that time.  Nuff said.

Update: Comments from my old MT blog...


This is my first day visiting this site, and I really like the sense of humor and focus. I'd like to add you to my blogroll at the Defenders Fansite:
This is my first time visiting this site. I really like your focus and sense of humor. I'd like to add you to my blogroll at the Defenders Fansite:
Today is my first visit to your blog. Love it. There is so much to read, and we are of the same mindset about a lot of things! Oh man, I was GIDDY when "Giant-size Superstars" (Hulk vs Thing by Rich Buckler) first came out, and "Giant-size Superheroes" #1 (Spider-man vs Morbius vs Manwolf) was probably the most re-read comic I've ever owned. I brought it with me everywhere, to school, outside playing, on my roof to drool over the art, just everywhere! I had a real hard time getting my family and friends to share my Marvel madness, but that John Romita cover art and Gil Kane interior art was just fabulous. I can't stress enough how much I loved that issue. I didn't get into the comic that's the subject of this particular blog much (Spider-man and Dracula), because I don't like Dracula to begin with, and to me, it was sacrilege to the NTH degree for Marvel to follow up the great John Romita with Ross Andru as their main Spider-man artist. To me, THAT'S the day the Music Died.
Ok, I gotta stop. Your blogs are contagious!!
Thanks for your time,

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