It’s Always Gonna Be Somethin’ With You, Isn’t It Pete?

“It’s Always Gonna Be Somethin’ With You, Isn’t It Pete?”
(adapted from a very Marvel moment from the final scene of Joe Vs. The Volcano… Have you seen this site? 40 sound clips from the film! All of them worthy of a berth on your answering machine! J V the V is one of the finest films made in my lifetime… I am not kidding–and, what’s more, it’s no accident that the people responsible for this film’s “5.3” rating on the IMDB also went for George W. Bush last year…)

Anyway–here are a couple more missives from the mists that survey the “soap-operafication” (I prefer to call it neo-existential romance) of the superhero genre at Marvel in the mid-1960’s… Creators and readers alike discovered (in some cases, to their chagrin) that Parker’s problems were going to persist, regardless of whether he got dates…in fact, as Paul O’Brien notes, the complete dork, as a figure, is much more amenable to a “power fantasy” narrative than the chronic worrier…  All of this set the stage for the Golden Age of Neurosis that Conway would foment in the early seventies!

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Good Afternoon Friends!
Dave

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