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Thursday, 25 September 2014
PART TWO OF THE EXPLOITS OF SPIDER-MAN COVER & IMAGE GALLERY...
As mentioned in part one, The EXPLOITS Of SPIDER-MAN lasted for forty 100 page monthly issues. I've got the first twenty-nine, plus the last one, so should I ever decide to complete the set, I only need ten to do so. Don't think I'll ever bother to be honest, as I only bought it for the LEE/DITKO tales and the free posters of classic MARVEL #1s. Once they stopped, so did I, as strips like SPIDER-MAN 2099 didn't really ring my bell, and I'd previously bought a good number of the original U.S. editions of the other strips featured in the mag.
In fact, I didn't even need to buy it for the '60s stories, because I already had them all in issues of MARVEL TALES and volumes of MARVEL MASTERWORKS, so I guess I was merely buying them out of habit and as a throwback to my early teenage years when I used to faithfully purchase SPIDER-MAN COMICS WEEKLY in the early '70s. You see, even then I was trying to re-live my past, as I've done from about the age of 5 up to the present day. Now, you may think that's kind of sad, but actually everybody indulges in the same thing to a greater or lesser degree, and let me explain just what I mean.
Ever seen these guys old enough to know better (adults I'm talking about) who hang about underpasses in groups drinking their carry-outs? They're trying to re-create that moment when they had their first alcoholic drink in the company of their pals, many moons before. Even many of those who regularly frequent pubs are, without ever realizing it, trying to recapture the feeling they first had when they managed to pass themselves off as old enough to buy a pint in the local. Or someone else's local, in fact, where there was less chance of being spotted by someone who knew that they weren't of legal age to be served.
Many of our pursuits are attempts at re-experiencing earlier moments in our lives - usually in conjunction with other factors, admittedly. However, most of us are try-ing to re-live the past to some extent, the only difference being that I'm aware of it and others may not be. If you like something, it's entirely natural to want to per-petuate it, not only for its own sake, but also because of the echo of a half-forgotten memory of pleasant times from so very long ago.
However, that's enough of my philosophical ramblings - I now unleash upon you some sensational Spidey shenanigans for your leisurely reading pleasure. 'Nuff said!
Posted by Kid at Thursday, September 25, 2014