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Spectacular Spider-Man UK Magazine

Post by newtron » Fri May 30, 2008 10:23 pm

Hi,

Does anybody have an opinion as to whether or not the new stories in this mag are canon? Spider-Fan (http://www.spiderfan.org/comics/title/s ... ar_uk.html) mentions that this "is a generic cartoon version, essentially based on the popular 90's TV cartoon", but I'm a bit skeptical about that. It's still on-going years after the show ended, and cartoony art doesn't necessarily mean the comic is based on that or any other show.

In the most recent review for this title, Spider-Fan also says (http://www.spiderfan.org/comics/reviews ... k/155.html):
Originally those new stories were one-off tales set in a "Generic Spider-Man" continuity which had much in common with the Spider-Man of the 1990's Cartoon series. More recently they attempted to construct their own "Ultimate Spider-Man-esque" version of young Peter Parker, though recent issues seem to have drifted back to the generic cartoon continuity.


I'm curious if there's any good reason these can't be considered canon. I haven't read this myself, but I may try to track some issues down.
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Re: Spectacular Spider-Man UK Magazine

Post by cweed4 » Sat May 31, 2008 12:29 pm

Considering this series began as a reprint title for stories that were based on a cartoon show I think its safe to assume its a separate universe. I have also never read them but I would be shocked if they weren't loaded w/ continuity discrepancies from the MU. (eg. The description for series 1, episode 7 seems to suggest a completely different venom origin.) The easiest thing to do might be renting/buying a copy of the animated shows they were derived from and see how many differences they have.

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Re: Spectacular Spider-Man UK Magazine

Post by Somebody » Sat May 31, 2008 12:55 pm

Oh, it's a mix of stuff. I think they reprinted Marvel-Team Up v2 at one point.

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Re: Spectacular Spider-Man UK Magazine

Post by Enda80 » Sat May 31, 2008 3:34 pm

http://www.marvel.com/universe/OHOTMU:Bibliography-AZ7

http://www.marvel.com/universe/OHOTMU:B ... AZ7#Merlyn
Check the entry for the Captain Britain Corps in Alternate Earths Handbook or the Fury or Merlyn's entry in the recent A-Z series. I think they referenced this magazine as publishing alternate Earth stories.

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Re: Spectacular Spider-Man UK Magazine

Post by newtron » Sat May 31, 2008 3:58 pm

Enda80 wrote:http://www.marvel.com/universe/OHOTMU:Bibliography-AZ7

http://www.marvel.com/universe/OHOTMU:B ... AZ7#Merlyn
Check the entry for the Captain Britain Corps in Alternate Earths Handbook or the Fury or Merlyn's entry in the recent A-Z series. I think they referenced this magazine as publishing alternate Earth stories.
I don't see anything about this magazine under Merlyn or Fury at that link. I also don't have the Alternate Earths Handbook to check - could you type out the relevant passages?
cweed4 wrote:Considering this series began as a reprint title for stories that were based on a cartoon show I think its safe to assume its a separate universe. I have also never read them but I would be shocked if they weren't loaded w/ continuity discrepancies from the MU. (eg. The description for series 1, episode 7 seems to suggest a completely different venom origin.) The easiest thing to do might be renting/buying a copy of the animated shows they were derived from and see how many differences they have.
Somebody wrote:Oh, it's a mix of stuff. I think they reprinted Marvel-Team Up v2 at one point.
Exactly. It did start out reprinting stuff based on the show, but it also reprinted a bunch of canon stuff. E.g. (according to Spider-Fan) #22 reprinted UTSM@ 1996 and #30-34 reprinted Amazing and Sensational stories. Because it's such a mix I think it may have to be treated kind of like Spider-Man Family, in that it might have to be considered on a story-by-story / issue-by-issue basis. At the very least I think it deserves a look.
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Re: Spectacular Spider-Man UK Magazine

Post by loki » Sun Jun 01, 2008 5:29 am

I wrote the entries in question. Spectacular Spider-Man tells stories from an alternate reality. It can't fit with Earth-616, but the story where Merlyn turns up references Earth-616. Plus Merlyn is Merlyn (and Merlin) across the multiverse - barring imposters, any appearance by him is the same character, no matter what reality you are in. Hence the story gets mentioned in his Handbook entry and in the Fury's.

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Re: Spectacular Spider-Man UK Magazine

Post by newtron » Sun Jun 01, 2008 8:33 am

ah, thanks for clearing this up!
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