Hey, hey! Check out this extra-special ish!:
Why is extry-special, you ask? Is it because it has the first appearance of the Man-Wolf. PFFFFFFT... you WISH!
All of us hardcore nerdlingers will immediately recognize that cover. Yup, it's the very same issue that was repurposed on a Power Records release!
I'm sorry, that probably isn't making sense to some of you. Okay, here's the deal:
There used to be (and to some limited degree, still is) a company called Peter Pan records, that began out of a plastics manufacturing company. It's a long story. Anyway, fast forward to 1972 or therebouts, and you have Power Records, which made LP's and 45's of popular tv and comic book properties. These things were like old-time radio serials. The 45's generally came with an accompanying comic book, while the LP's generally just had a five-panel strip that would give you sort of a visual image of the story that you were hearing (hey, they had to compete with tv, even back then).
These things were about as exciting as a radio serial, which is to say, not much to a more sophisticated audience, but most of us geeks loved these things as children.
And this particular issue of Amazing Spider-Man and the one that follows it were cut-and-pasted into a script for a Power Records release. I remember when my mom brought it into my room. No particular reason. It wasn't a holiday, other than Mom Just Brought Me Something Awesome Day!
Now that I've had a chance to look at these old comics, it is hilarious how disjointed it is as a stand-alone item. By this time, Norman Osborn had murdered Gwen Stacy, Norman himself had died, Harry Osborn had gone through his drug-experimentation phase, and J.Jonah Jameson had hired Luke Cage to attack Spider-Man, whom he blamed for Norman Osborn's death. You'd think they would have cut out any references to any of that stuff.
Well, they didn't. There are references to dang near all of it, and I had no idea what they were talking about most of the time. What? Who did Spider-Man supposedly kill? A guy? Who was Gwen? But I got to hear Spider-Man, and I suppose that's what really mattered. The same thing happened when I read/heard the Captain America one - who was the madman that had taken his place in the 1950's that they were talking about? And why does the Falcon sound exactly like Joe Robertson from the Spider-Man record? Eh, who cared?
There were a bunch of Power Records project, where "The Action Comes Alive as You Read!"(tm! - their tm, not mine). Give a listen, if you like, to this particular issue. The page has a bad habit of playing all three sound clips at the same time, so pause the other two. We'll keep our eyes peeled for other Power Record swipes as we go through our happy journey. That Captain America one wouldn't be hard to find, either, but I don't like Captain America so I doubt I'll find it.
Hey! It's time for Fun with Out of Context Dialogue(tm!):
Okay, I have a question:
Doesn't Spider-Man just adjust the spray of the webbing by twisting the nozzle on the web-shooter? How "complicated" an adjustment is that?
I could be wrong, as I'm not the biggest Spider-Man devotee. Feel free to enlighten me (as if I could stop you...)
See you Monday!