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New Spider-Man Mandala Debuts in September.


Remember the Spider-Man Mandala we found on an old silk tie? It seems that the big boys in the offices of Marvel Comics dug it. They will be unleashing a brand spanking new one in September, on the cover of Ultimate Spider-Man #2.

Most awesome.

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Joe Quesada is now serving coffee at CBR.





Spider-man, from imagination to reality. If you love that stuff as much as I do, today is a New Day Rising.

Every Friday on CBR, Joe Quesada himself will be slinging ink from the inner chambers of Marvel Comics. The future never looked brighter.

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Sunday Mandala: Spider-Man So Silky and Smooth.



I know it is Wolverine’s big weekend, but Spidey slung some seriously sweet stuff our way on Saturday and now I just found him randomizing this week’s Sunday Mandala with a necktie listing on ebay. Wipe the web off your face and let me explain.



Jango Fett posted a thread on dot org listing a few decks he needed to liquidate. I was lucky enough to plant a claim on the single coolest stall concoction I have ever seen. Here is the list, what should we call it?

4x Aunt May-Golden Oldie (1 Foil)
4x Black Cat- Nine Lives (All EA)
4x Spider-Man- Ultimates (Foil)
4x Spider-Man- The Sensational Spider-Man (3 Slider Version, 1 Foil)
1x Spider-Man- Zombie (Foil)
4x Spider-Man- Alien Symbiote (3 Foil)
3x Spider-Man- Outlaw
4x Scarlet Spider-Ben Reilly (All Foil)
3x Spider-Man- Stark’s Protege (All EA)
1x Spider-Man- Cosmic Spider-Man (Foil Alternate Art)
1x The Sentry- Golden Guardian of Good
1x Galactus-Devourer of Worlds

Plot Twists:
4x Indebted (1 Foil)
4x Gift Wrapped
4x Spider Senses (1 Foil)
4x Spider-Signal

3x Empire State University (1 Foil)
4x New Baxter Building (All EA)

3x Ego Gem (All EA)



 I asked Jango to give me a quick instruction manual on how to play the thing. You know me, I have never stalled in my life. Here follows his brilliant basics. I especially adore the draw engine.



The general idea is to draw most of your deck and brick everything the opponent does until you Galactus him.

The mulligan condition is Black Cat, Ego Gem, or New Baxter Building. I’m assuming you know how the draw engine works, so you just do that every turn for tons of cards in hand.




The ideal play goes like this. (You want evens. It doesn’t really change how you play, but if your opponent has Galactus too, then you still end up with all the life on 9.)

1: Aunt May for a free Spidey.
2: Black Cat with Ego Gem. Start drawing.
3: Spidey Ultimates. I usually save the web counters till turn 5 or so, because you probably won’t lose a character before that.
4: The Sensational Spider-Man.
5: Alien Symbiote: you can use all the extra Spidey’s you’ve probably drawn to pump the 5 drop to gigantic proportions.



 (Editor’s Note: I totally love the idea of the Alien Symbiote swelling with counters, but I am adding one Secret Avenger in case I face a hot little honey named Zazz or something. Now back to the tutorial.)

6: Spidey Outlaw: I would use the 6 from Marvel Knights because he is AMAZING, but that requires Clone Saga, which takes up needed space, so outlaw is the next best thing. You can play Scarlet Spider, but then you don’t get web counters, plus you would need another one in your hand to clone on 7.
7: Stark’s Protege: Yet more stalley goodness.
8: If you have evens, then Cosmic Spidey is your preferred drop, because then you can use your probably massive board to smack up your opponent. If you have odds, the Sentry plus Stark’s Protege means you don’t need to worry about much. Plus by this point you would have gone through at most 42 cards ( With Black cat, Ego Gem, and Baxter up and running on turn 2, more if you also got ESU as well) so you would have a mit full of pumps.
9: Galactus: Play him and the game is probably yours. There isn’t much anyone can do at this point, because you can exhaust every single 9 drop ever made with your 7 and 8.

You need Scarlet Spider by turn 4 to clone Spider-Man. Other than that, you use the web counters you get every turn with the Ultimates Spidey, the 4 drop and gift wrapped to make your opponent angry. The you brick everything with Spider Senses and Spider-Signal.

I had tons of fun with this deck. It’s interesting to see what your opponent tries to do, because they usually only have 1 character to attack with!


So there you have it. Stu soon stalls, and our particular kitchen table world will never be the same.




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Pocket Fighter vs. Marvel Super Heroes?

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Pocket Fighter was always one of my all-time favorite video games. Ten years later, we see what would happen if they cut loose the Chibi on the Marvel Superheroes. Can you imagine the special moves?



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Vs. System Camicia: The Eights.

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Those are the only two eight-cost cards in our Vs. System Camicia deck.

Click here for the Camicia rules, or sit and groove groove on the artwork. Just make sure you let Driver 8 take a break.

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Marvel Comics Teams Up Obama with Spider-Man!

Obama Spider-Man

He was born 33 days after me, and we both geek on superheroes.

Now he gets to pal around with Peter Parker.

Barack Obama collected Spider-Man comics as a child, so Marvel Comics wanted to give him a “shout-out back” by featuring him in a bonus story, said Joe Quesada, Marvel’s editor-in-chief.

“How great is that? The commander in chief to be is actually a nerd in chief,” Quesada said. “It was really, really cool to see that we had a geek in the White House. We’re all thrilled with that.”

Thrilled? More like ecstatic. Comic books are our modern myths, and our real-life political hero is about to become legend.

Obama has said that as a child, he collected Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comic books. His Senate Web site used to have a photo of him posing in front of a Superman statue.

The Obama story is a bonus in Marvel Comic’s Amazing Spider-Man #583, available in comic book shops nationwide on Jan. 14 for $3.99 and is expected to sell out, with half the covers devoted to Obama.

So what do you think? Is this too much? The crass commercialization of a movement? Pop culture overload? Or…

Is this cool, or what?



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Mysterio brings an unexpected myth for the New Year.

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We were waiting for the Tournament of Roses parade to start this New Year’s morning, passing the time by watching the 65 consecutive episode Spider-Man Marathon on Jetix. My favorite fishbowl-sporting supervillain showed up, just when I was ready for a myth to live by for the first day of the New Year. Mysterio delivered.


We had never seen this one before, and the legend of the green-and-purple faceless illusionist went places beyond all the stories we ever heard. In fact, as far as I can tell, the intense twist at the end of this cartoon is a strange place in Mysterio’s mythos that he never dared to go in the comic books.

The episode is called “The Haunting of Mary Jane Watson”. It was written by Megeen McLaughlin and Virginia Roth. Those two women cooked up the spiciest scenario of Mysterio’s entire career. It included a full body transplant machine.

It seems that Marvel Comics allowed the writers of the cartoon some major slack in forming a love interest for Quentin Beck. A movie starlet named Miranda Wilson was supposedly killed when one of Beck’s special effects went horribly wrong. Miranda was not dead, however, and she crawled into Mysterio’s underground fortress of illusions after the river washed her ashore. Beck was deeply in love with his celebrity guest, and he had just gotten his hands on some serious robotic technology from Kingpin. So he made himself a cybernetic princess.

Miranda was devastated by the loss of her beauty. Her face had been badly burned. She did not want to live as anything less than a pretty face, so Quentin hooked her up to a full body transplant machine and promised that she could transfer her personality into another girl.

Then, of course, Mary Jane Watson happened to get tricked into the cave and strapped to the machine.

What happened in the end? I wouldn’t want to spoil that. You can watch the cartoon for yourself. It is linked here in halves, the full body transplant machine starts at 4:56 in Part Two:

Part One:

Part Two:

As I researched the story further, I found out that Miranda Wilson was voiced by the brilliant Beverly Garland. Beverly was also the hilarious Cookie LaRue on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.

Beverly Garland passed away this past month.


In honoring such a dedicated artist for her massive acting career, I think I finally found the part of this myth that calls me forward into the New Year. Beverly Garland touched me today, in a most unexpected way.


Her voice lives on through an obscure twist of fate, and it actually includes a full body transplant machine. We leave behind such exquisitely unpredictable legacies. Let’s make 2009 another year to remember, even if we never really know what a tangled web we weave.


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