Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Romantic Marvel Swimsuits of the Brothers Hildebrandt

If you went crazy for the trading card sets that Marvel released in the 1990s, then I’m sure you’ll remember the work done by the Brothers Hildebrandt (Greg and Tim) on various Marvel characters.  They also contributed some Marvel Swimsuit pieces featuring the X-Men.

Cyclops and Phoenix by Hildebrandt Marvel Swimsuit 1995

Here’s Cyclops and Jean Grey on vacation.  I think this picture is proof positive that Jean had plastic surgery sometime during the previous decade.  An untold story!  Scott’s mind does not appear to be wandering.  For a long time, this was the sacred romance in the Marvel universe.  It took Grant Morrison to break them apart.

Rogue and Gambit by Hildebrandt Marvel Swimsuit 1994

We all know Rogue and Gambit can’t ever really get it on, without Rogue sucking the life out of her lover.  The Hildebrandt’s are really cruel here having Rogue tease Gambit with what he can’t have.  I think I’ve read somewhere that Mike Carey has devised a way for Rogue to control her powers now?  I can only follow Matt Fraction’s book. 

Check out more Marvel paintings on the Brothers Hildebrandt’s website.  Nuff said.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Cup of Joe's Big Bomb Detonated: Marvel now owns MiracleMan, er, MarvelMan!

MiracleMan becomes the property of Marvel...and becomes MarvelMan

The big bomb that Joe Quesada promised would break the internet has been detonated.  The rights to Miracleman now belong to Marvel!  It’s an ironic turn of events.  The character started out as Marvelman in the UK.  When it was going to be published in the USA, Marvel sued and the character’s name as changed to Miracleman by Eclipse Comics.  Alan Moore did a mind blowing job on this series, I hold it right up there with Swamp Thing, Watchman, and V for Vendetta.  I’ve always held on to my original copies of the Eclipse Comics.

Marvel brought Mark Buckingham on stage to celebrate the announcement.  I can only assume—or hope—that Marvel will bring Neil Gaiman and Buckingham together to finish The Silver Age and The Dark Age.  It would be weird to see these guys finish something they started over 20 years ago.

I am not sure how I would feel about seeing MarvelMan in the main universe.  It would be strange.  But sooner or later, I bet Marvel would bring him into continuity.  Nuff said.

Red She-Hulk covers revealed at Cup of Joe SDCC 2009!

The Cup of Joe panel at San Diego Comic Con 2009 has started off with a bang!  What’s next after the identity of the Red Hulk is revealed in Hulk #600?

Hulk 16 cover featuring Red She-Hulk

Red She-Hulk!  This is the cover to Hulk #16.

Hulk 17 variant cover with Red She Hulk vs Dark Wolverine

In Hulk #17, it’s Red She-Hulk versus Dark Wolverine.  Cowabunga!

World War Hulks Gamma cover by John Romita JR

Bruce Banner won’t be able to turn into the Hulk for a while.  There will be Red Hulks all over the place, as well as Skaar.  Time for another World War of the Hulks!  Let’s see what happens.  Love this Red Hulk cover by John Romita Jr.  Nuff said.

Would you like to buy some Hulk Insurance?

In California, we have earthquake insurance.  In Hawaii and Florida, residents can buy hurricane insurance.  What type of protection does a homeowner really need in the Marvel Universe? 

Hulk insurance!

Hulk Insurance ad by Dale Keown Marvel Swimsuit 1992

Great faux insurance ad, drawn by Dale Keown during his merged Hulk period, from the 1992 Marvel Swimsuit special.  The Hulk from this period of time was always one of my favorite versions of the character, and only Keown could draw that wicked look on his face.  Nuff said.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Adam Hughes Marvel Swimsuits Part 2: Black Widow, Silver Sable, Val Cooper

How many more Adam Hughes Marvel Swimsuit pin-ups can I unearth from the Marvel vault?  Lo, this trio of lethal ladies, true believers!

Black Widow by Adam Hughes Marvel Swimsuit 1993

This Black Widow pin-up was the centerfold of the 1993 Marvel Swimsuit issue.  Natasha looks super lithe and sexy here, and a little bit dangerous as well.  I love how she's taken the clip out of her gun.  The rock formation on the background makes up a web pattern--very clever!  This is a great illustration, everything from the design, Natasha's facial expression, and the coloring are superb.

Black Widow by Adam Hughes Marvel Swimsuit 1993 bw version

Marvel fan Leo Yen owns the original art to this Black Widow pinup.  You can visit Len Yao's gallery at ComicArtFans to see more of his collection.

Silver Sable by Adam Hughes Marvel Swimsuit 1995

From the 1995 Marvel Swimsuit issue, Hughes did this nifty illustration of Silver Sable getting ready to take a dive.  Notice that her one piece suit is silver and she's dangling a grenade around her neck.  Just in case Sable needs to blow up and underground lair while diving!  This piece really reminds of the work of Alphonse Mucha, who is an influence on many artists.

The next image from the 1993 Swimsuit special is my absolute favorite Adam Hughes pin-up, one that has burned itself permanently in my memory.  Can you name who it is without reading the caption?

Val Cooper by Adam Hughes Marvel Swimsuit 1993

This sneaky blonde is--Val Cooper from the 1990s X-Factor team!  A very obscure choice for a pin-up girl.  Val Cooper was the government liaison for Peter David's X-Factor team that consisted of Havok, Polaris, Quicksilver, etc.  Val wasn't a super-hero, and she dressed conservatively in the X-Factor comic.  I've no idea how the editors or Adam Hughes picked her for this issue.  But I find Val super sexy here, as she strikes a pose in this X-Factor themed bikini, hat, and trench coat.  The trench coat really seals the deal--anyone see that episode of Rescue Me where Andrea Roth surprised Denis Leary in a trench coat?  Perhaps this image is also a mark of the time period--the film Basic Instinct came out in 1992--Sharon Stone made deadly blondes very sexy back then.

In case you missed it, check out Part 1 of my Adam Hughes Marvel Swimsuit retrospective.  Nuff said!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Adam Hughes Marvel Swimsuits, Part 1: Sue Storm, The Wasp, Scarlet Witch, She-Hulk

Adam Hughes has always excelled at drawing babes and adding a little humor to his compositions as well.  In 1994 he contributed a number of stellar pinups for the fourth Marvel Swimsuit Special--which took place in Attilan and the Blue Area of the Moon.

Namor and Sue Storm by Adam Highes Marvel Swimsuit 1994

The cover featured Sue Storm getting her freak on with Namor the Sub-Mariner.  Is there any reason why Sue wouldn't want to have a fling with the undersea prince?  She looks pretty fantastic and her leg is slightly opaque to reveal Namor's speedo.

The Wasp by Adam Hughes Marvel Swimsuit 1994

Janet Van Dyne looks pretty luscious in this one piece outfit.  My first impression was there is nothing funny going on here.  But look behind the Wasp to see the bulging thongs behind her, belonging to Wonder Man and Captain America.

Scarlet Witch by Adam Hughes Marvel Swimsuit 1994

This Scarlet Witch pinup is really clever.  She's not wearing a swimsuit per se.  Wanda has used her magic to disassemble her costume--helmet, gloves, cape, etc--leaving only her red centerpiece intact.  How many thirteen year old boys fantasized about undraping the Scarlet Witch?  Adam Hughes sure did.

She-Hulk, Lockjaw by Adam Hughes 1994

Here is the funniest piece of this 1994 set.  The Sensational She-Hulk--a must-have babe for any swimsuit special--sitting on top of my favorite dog in the Marvel Universe: Lockjaw!  Clearly, Jen has been using Lockjaw's teleportation powers to zip around to the best beaches.  They've been to Rio and Jamaica and god knows where else, from the stickers plastered on Lockjaw's back.  Jen's bag is packed with thongs, and the creepy Watcher is lurking in the background on the left.  I pity poor Lockjaw, he just looks exhausted from hauling Jen all over the world!  Nuff said.

Update: Comments from my old MT blog...


great stuff. I loved these when I first saw them, I love them still. 1994? really? that long ago? wow.
Adam Hughes is far and away my favourite good girl artist working today. that Scarlet Witch pin-up is a corker!
Sue Storm getting her freak on with Namor the Sub-Mariner. Is there any reason why Sue wouldn't want to have a fling with the undersea prince? She looks pretty fantastic and her leg is slightly opaque to reveal Namor's speedo.
No, her leg is slightly transparent. It is mostly opaque.
Just wanted to point out that not only are there banana-hammocks in the background of the Janet pic, but also we can't tell what part of Collossus' anatomy Janet is perched on.
Somethin' saucy, no doubt. :)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Marvel Swimsuits: George Perez on She-Hulk, Black Bolt, Medusa

George Perez contributed a couple of neat pinups for the Marvel Swimsuit issues.  Who better than Perez to draw some cute Marvel babes?

She Hulk, Wasp in Savage Land by George Perez Marvel Swimsuit 1991

She-Hulk and the Wasp in the Savage Land, circa 1991.  Jen must have imported those high heels and jewelry.  A goofy looking dinosaur looks on in amazement.

Black Bolt and Medusa by George Perez Marvel Swimsuit 1993

Black Bolt and Medusa on Monster Island in 1993.  Drawing Medusa in the nude with nothing but that fantastic red hair to cover herself was a stroke of genius.  I couldn’t recognize Black Bolt until I read the caption and saw the bolts on his speedo.  I suppose I just wasn’t looking at him immediately.  Nuff said.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Marvel Swimsuits: Avengers in the Savage Land

Beginning in 1991, Marvel started publishing an annual series of Swimsuit magazines, full color pinups of heroes and villains in skimpy beach ware.  Modeled after Sports Illustrated, each issue took place in one of Marvel's fictional locations.  The first issue took place in the Savage Land.  Here's a trio of pinups from 1991 featuring the Avengers.

Captain America and Diamondback by Michael Golden Marvel Swimsuit 1991

Captain America and Diamondback.  Although it's not signed, I believe this was drawn by Michael Golden!  The other Swimsuit issues often featured Cap in a red white and blue speedo, but this was probably the best one.  If you like that sort of thing...not that there's anything wrong with that.  Diamondback was Cap's gal pal during this period.  I have fond memories of her.  She's featured in all the other swimsuit issues as well.

Thor, Sif, Loki in Savage Land by Frenz and Sinnott Marvel Swimsuit 1991

Thor and Sif relaxing as Loki lurks in the background.  Drawn by Ron Frenz and Joe Sinnott.  Thank goodness that Frezy didn't draw Thor in a speedo.  Hard for me to imagine a Thunder God on the beach in a resort:  Verily, I'd like another Pina Colada.  What would Loki do?  Make it a virgin?

Scarlet Witch by Mike Mignola Marvel Swimsuit 1991

Here is one of the best illustrations in all these swimsuit specials: Scarlet Witch by Mike Mignola.  She's sexy without being voluptuous and Mignola's use of shadows and blacks really makes the magic seem wonderful.  Nuff said.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Silver Surfer: Still Hanging Ten by John Buscema

Here is a John Buscema illustration from the first Marvel Swimsuit issue in 1991.

Silver Surfer Still Hanging Ten Marvel Swimsuit 1991

No idea if this was created for the magazine or lifted from an earlier comic book.  I still think it looks pretty nifty, and the Surfer is indeed "still hanging ten" by surfing the spaceways.  Nuff said.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Marvel Ads: Beast's Shampoo, Wolverine's Speed Stick

The best thing from the Marvel Swimsuit issues were the faux advertisements.  Take these two, from Marvel Swimsuit 1991:

The Beast Shampoo ad by George Perez Marvel Swimsuit 1 1991

The Beast, drawn by George Perez, selling Ultra-X shampoo!  Seeing this reminds me that I prefer the Beast in his blue and furry form.  After reading Dark Avengers #7, do you think it’s possible Marvel will revert him back?

If you’ve ever given a dog a bath, you’ll know how much hair comes out—it can clog your drain if you do it in the bathroom.  The amount of hair the Beast would shed…OMG.  Probably there would be hair all over his bedroom and lab as well.

Wolverine Speed Stick ad by Mike Zeck 1991 Marvel Swimsuit

Wolverine, drawn by Mike Zeck, selling Macho speed stick deodorant!  Notice that it’s misspelled “deoderant”.  Never thought about superhero sweat until reading this ad.  The Marvel Universe must be a very stinky place indeed.  Nuff said.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Avengers Tug of War: West vs East, in bikinis and thongs!

The Marvel Swimsuit specials in the early 1990s contained some of the funniest depictions of Marvel's characters.  As evidence, I present to you this double page spread from the 1991 issue, by Paul Ryan:

Avengers Tug of War by Paul Ryan Marvel Swimsuit 1991

Avengers (from New York City) versus the West Coast Avengers in a tug of war match!  It only takes 4 classic Avengers (Thor, Hercules, She-Hulk, Captain America) to compete with six West Coasters (Hawkeye, Mockingbird, US Agent, Wonder Man, Scarlet Witch, Iron Man).  Sersi is in the middle as the referee.  The outfits here would give Tim Gunn nightmares.  Cap wearing just his mask and thong--man, that just seems x-rated.  Nuff said.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Tim Conrad Conan the Barbarian cover

If you were a Conan fan in the early 1970s, most likely you wailed when Barry Smith left the series, no matter how much you liked John Buscema.  Where there are a large number of fans who feel Buscema is the superior Conan artist, he was always a strong second choice for me.  Barry Smith left the color comic with the Song of Red Sonja, then he returned briefly for the epic Red Nails in Savage Tales.  After that, aside from pinups and posters, we never saw Smith on Conan again.

Roy Thomas found another artist—Tim Conrad—who briefly appeared to be Smith’s successor.

Tim Conrad cover for Conan Marvel Comics Index 1976

Conrad made a splash in the Savage Sword of Conan with a two part Bran Mak Morn story that blew us all away.  I kept hoping that Conrad would eventually draw Conan regularly—but all we got was this cover from the Marvel Comics Index series.  What happened to Tim Conrad after his Savage Sword stories?  I’ve lost track.  Nuff said.

Update: Comments from my old MT blog...


Tim Conrad went on to do a bunch of stuff for EPIC Magazine, including an adaptation of Robert E. Howard's novel "Almuric", and an original fantasy story called "Toadswart". No idea what he's up to these days.
Ah, yes, EPIC magazine! I totally forgot about that one, I will have to dig that up. Thanks!
I recall reading that Big John was Roy Thomas' first choice for Conan but he was too expensive so Smith, who was working for virtlually nothing in those days got the job. When Smith moved on and Conan had made it's name John took over. Roy predicted less awards but more sales and that was what happened. As much as John Buscema will always be one of my favourite artists, especially with Tom Palmer inking, I also prefer Smith's Conan. One of my favourites was where he met Elric. I had just read Michael Moorcock's Dorian Hawkmoon and had read a little about Moorcock's albino eternal champion.
Contact Tim for serious art collectors and project availability.
Wonderful cover. Tim Conrad's style so reminds me of Barry Windsor-Smith.
How do I contact Tim?

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Brent Anderson wraparound X-Men cover

In 1981, Brent Anderson provided this nifty wraparound cover to the X-Men Marvel Comics Index.

Brent Anderson, Terry Austin cover for X-Men Marvel Comics Index 1981

I love this cover because it features the classic X-Men on the left in their yellow and black uniforms.  The new X-Men are gathered around Charles Xavier on the right.  The logo is used as a prop for Nightcrawler to dangle overhead.  Terry Austin did a superb job on the inks, and they corralled Steve Oliff for the coloring.
Brent Anderson was the artists of the classic God Loves, Man Kills graphic novel.  He illustrated many other Marvel comics, including Ka-Zar and one of my favorite non-universe series, Strikeforce Morituri.  Check out Brent’s website.  Nuff said.

Update: Comment from my old MT blog...


I was hoping you'd get to this one. The X-Men Index, along with the two volumes of The X-Men Companion, were and and remain my favorite reference sources for my pubescent mutant obsession (going on twenty-five years ago). I wasted many an hour reading these and the first TPB printing of the Dark Phoenix Saga and it's only been recently that I've delved into those stories and these references again.
Love the blog.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Steranko Fantastic Four Covers

How many Fantastic Four covers did Jim Steranko produce in the 1970s?  Only three to my knowledge.

Fantastic Four 130 cover by Steranko 1972

Fantastic Four #130 was produced during Steranko's flurry of 1972 covers for Marvel.  This issue featured the return of the Frightful Four, with an interesting twist.  Medusa, once a member of the Frightful Four in 1960s, had switched sides and become a member of the FF.  Taking Medusa's place?  Thundra, the Femizon who wanted to make babies with Benjamin J. Grimm.  The Thing looks great on this cover.

Fantastic Four 131 cover by Steranko 1972

Fantastic Four #131 featured the answer to a mystery that began in Avengers #104--whatever happened to Quicksilver?  The last we had seen of the silver speedster, he had heroically sacrificed himself to defeat a Sentinel.  Seriously injured, Pietro saw something horrible approaching him.  Then he vanished, leaving the Avengers and his sister Wanda to wonder where he had disappeared.

This issue gave us the answer!  Quicksilver had been approached by Lockjaw, the teleporting giant bulldog from the Inhumans.  Lockjaw brought Pietro to Attilan, where he was nursed back to health by Crystal.  Crystal melted Quicksilver's icy exterior and he fell in love.  Naturally, when Johnny Storm discovered them together, a massive fight ensued.

It was a pretty darn good soap opera moment in the Marvel Universe.  Unfortunately, it had the side effect of removing Quicksilver from the Marvel playground for a number of years.

Steranko cover for Fantastic Four Marvel Comics Index 1977

While the 1972 FF covers are good, they don't seem like iconic Steranko.  But the cover to the Fantastic Four Marvel Comics Index in 1977 is really groovy and psychedelic, man.  Nuff said.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Ken Steacy's Tales to Astonish Cover with Hulk and Ant-Man

Now here’s a blast from the past—anyone remember artist Ken Steacy?

Ken Steacy cover for Hulk, Ant-Man, Tales to Astonish Index 1978

Steacy worked on a number of remarkable comics in the 1970s and 80s.  He started off at Comico and later did work for Marvel—one Iron Man story in Marvel Fanfare stands out in my memory.  Since 2004, Steacy has been running his own publishing company.

What I find impressive about this cover is not the Hulk—he looks a bit ragged here.  It’s Ant-Man who really stands out on the left.  What could be more imaginative than Kirby’s costume design, the nutty antennae helmet, and steering an airborne insect like it was a flying horse?  And the lovely Janet Van Dyne for company.  Just think, if Marvel could produce computer animated movies, Ant-Man would be a perfect character for that medium.  Nuff said.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Frank Miller cover to Daredevil Marvel Comics Index

In 1982, George Olshevsky snagged Frank Miller for the cover to the Marvel Comics Index featuring Daredevil.

Frank Miller cover to Daredevil Marvel Comics Index 1982

This dynamic cover features Daredevil and Elektra on a NYC rooftop, ready to fight the Hand.  Black Widow, in her new Miller-designed costume, hangs off the building on the side.

What’s really incredible is that this index also covered Black Goliath, Black Panther, Dazzler, and the Human Fly!  I could not believe fans were dying to know who wrote/drew each issue of the Human Fly!  Miller does his best with these side characters—his rendition of Black Goliath makes that character cool.

Not only did Miller draw this cover, Joe Rubenstein inked it, and Steve Oliff did a superb color job.  Nuff said.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Doctor Strange Sunday: Tim Conrad's Strange Tales Index Cover

My retrospective look at George Olshevsky’s Marvel Comics Index covers continues, with this Doctor Strange cover by Tim Conrad in 1977.

Tim Conrad cover for Doctor Strange Marvel Comics Index 1977

The groovy thing about this cover is the way that Conrad rendered Stephen Strange’s face—it closely resembles Steve Ditko’s version of the character.  Nuff said.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Tim Conrad Thor cover to Marvel Comics Index

Another cover from George Olshevsky’s Marvel Comics Index, Thor, circa 1977:

Tim Conrad cover to Thor Marvel Comics Index 7 1977

Tim Conrad was a rising star at Marvel in the 1970s.  This cover shows Thor in all his raging glory as he brings down a rainstorm.  Nuff said.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Neal Adams Avengers cover to Marvel Comics Index

George Olshevsky was able to corral a number of great artists* to provide the covers for his Marvel Comics Index series in the 1970s.  Neal Adams drew this nifty cover to issue #3, which featured the Avengers, Defenders, and Captain Marvel.

Neal Adams cover to Avengers Marvel Comics Index 2 1976

On this cover, my favorite Avenger, the Vision, is featured front and center.  The Scarlet Witch is providing cover over him and Captain Marvel is taking care of the rear guard.  All three characters were featured prominently in the classic Kree-Skrull war arc that Adams illustrated in the Avengers.  The only Defenders representative is Valkyrie hacking away on the right.  Adams really did a great job with all these characters.

*Editor's Note:  Check out Steranko's Cover to the Marvel Comics Index, Nuff said!

Update: Comments from my old MT blog...


Thanks for the blog. The large covers are amazing - a great reminder of the comics I read as a kid. Keep up the good work
I loved this books when i was younger! This was a fantastic Adams cover done during a period when he had pretty much moved away from doing material for Marvel, cool that this book allowed him the opportunity to throw down on these awesome characters!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Why Amazing Spider-Man 121 is the single most important comic in my life.

Amazing Spider-Man 121

I've bought and sold (and re-bought) many classic comics in my time.  But no matter what, I've always kept my very fine copy of Amazing Spider-Man 121 lovingly protected in mylar.  I have to, it's the single most important comic that I've read in my entire life!

I think a lot of comic readers in the baby boom generation would rank this issue very highly as well.  You have to picture me in this time and place.  It's 1973.  I've been reading comics for about 4 years.  I was a huge Spider-Man fan, reading his present (in Amazing) and past adventures (in Marvel Tales).  I even had a mail subscription to ASM.  It would arrive in our mailbox, in a brown wrapper, folded in half.  Not the thing you'd put in mylar (my present copy was purchased later), but a comic you'd slide out of the wrapper and start reading as soon as you could.

Some comics are so eventful, I remember the time and place where I read them.  In this case, I had gotten out of school early to go to the dentist.  My father brought me home on a sunny afternoon (in Alaska) and I read this issue with great excitement.

You could tell ASM #121 was going to be a turning point.  Despite the cover, I never expected anyone to really die.  Certainly not Gwen Stacy--her father, Captain Stacy, had died a few years earlier.  I did know that Norman Osborn would return as the Green Goblin.  Osborn was always a ticking time bomb ready to go off.  Whenever he recovered his memories and insanity took him over, something big always happened.

Amazing Spider-Man 121 Gwen Stacy dies

By the time, I got to the end of the story, I couldn't believe what I had just read.  Sweet, beautiful, loving Gwen Stacy--the love of Peter Parker's life--was dead?  No way.  That kind of thing just didn't happen in superhero comics.  And what really got me, even at 12 years old, was the above panel where Gwen Stacy perished.  The sound effect SWIK! registered that her death was even more sick and twisted. Spider-Man killed his own girlfriend by snagging her the wrong way with his web-line.  The SWIK! and SNAP! and head bobbing that Gil Kane drew left no doubt in mind.  Peter Parker had royally screwed up.

Was Norman Osborn responsible for Gwen Stacy's death as well?  Of course.  He had kidnapped Gwen and knocked her off the George Washington Bridge.

The beautiful and twisted thing about this story is that we as readers have witnessed the truth in a way no other character in the story has.  Spider-Man doesn't realize what he's done.  Neither does Osborn.  Nor any other character in the Marvel Universe.

I still could not quite believe Gwen was dead, even with the full splash page at the very end of the story.  It took the following issue to really confirm that fact.  Nothing seemed the same after this moment.  I could believe that other Marvel characters might die as a result.  It was such a remarkable moment that Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross chose to mark the end of an era in MARVELS.

Fans of this story and Gerry Conway's classic Amazing Spider-Man will want to listen to his podcast interview with John Siuntres on Word Balloon.  Conway talks in detail about how Amazing Spider-Man #121 was created, from the initial story idea by John Romita to Gil Kane's contribution in the neck-snapping panel above.  Conway also discusses his return to comics and the Last Days of Animal Man.  I love how Siuntres interviews comics professionals--he asks the questions I would ask if I were sitting down with them.  Nuff said.

Update: Comments from my old MovableType site:


This was a cool article, and great inspiration for a similar post I wrote in my own blog. Wikipedia's entry on Gwen alludes to a couple of places where the truth about her death was finally known, but I'm not sure Peter ever found out. I think a story where he finally does find out would be *ahem* amazing. :)

i totally love this issue i just got it 4 days ago in near mint condition for 25 cents at a garage sale!!!!! i read it and immideatley (i dont know how to spell that) and now i have sent it to cgc to get cased so i can keep it in perfect condition i love spiderman so much i shelled out 2000 dollars for an amazing fantasy 15 that i also have cased in cgc plastic. dont sell issue 121 give it to your son on your death bed if you dont want to be buried with it that is lol