Saturday, September 13, 2008

Whatever Happened to the Japanese Spider-Man?


To be exact, this ad appeared in the back of MARVEL PREVIEW # 19 stating some sort of all-new Japanese treatment of SPIDER-MAN would be appearing in the foillowing issue. When, in fact, the following issue came out, it was filled with reprints from earlier Marvel mags. I no longer have issue # 20 but I don't recall any explanation as to what happened to the Spidey piece. Since the funky Japanese TV version (of which we have a number of episodes here in the Library) with the transforming Spider-Machine and the giant monster of the week was airing at that time, I'm going to venture a guess that the intent was to do some sort of photo comic from it and the result proved to be unpublishable. Tony? Anybody else?

1 comment:

The Groovy Agent said...

Steve,

The only explanation given in MP #20 (the first Bizarre Adventures) is in Roger Stern's editorial, wherein he simply states that editor Lynne Graeme had "...decided to table the Spider-Man issue of Marvel Preview..."

Perhaps someone has an issue of Comics Buyers Guide or Comics Journal from that era that would shed more light on the subject?