Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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Mike Fichera

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Saturnine

Subj: Re: 2 extras I really liked in Amazing Spider-Man #544
Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 at 02:56:17 pm EDT
Reply Subj: 2 extras I really liked in Amazing Spider-Man #544
Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 10:07:33 pm EDT

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The page dedicated to Mike Wieringo. Really nicely done. It was moving. The other thing I liked was that little diagram of Peter's arm. This is the first time i've seen anything like that and thought it was really cool. The closeup of the spinerettes,amd al the different web glands was awesome. As far as extras go, I didn't really mind the other stuff either. Whatd you guys think?

> The page dedicated to Mike Wieringo. Really nicely done. It was moving. The other thing I liked was that little diagram of Peter's arm. This is the first time i've seen anything like that and thought it was really cool. The closeup of the spinerettes,amd al the different web glands was awesome. As far as extras go, I didn't really mind the other stuff either. Whatd you guys think?


Glad to hear you guys liked the diagram. It originally appeared in the Spider-Man Back in Black Handbook that came out a few months ago.
I drew the figure and wrote the anatomical details with help from Dr. Michael Ellison of Clemson University, a top expert in natural and artificial silks. Eliot R Brown guided me too with trying to strike a balance between using real world details to add the sense that stuff in the comic world can really happen - and crossing the line into total horse..er spider manure.

The volume of silk Peter can pack into his arms was a major point of debate. I considered perhaps his reservoir was in his abdomen, like a real spider, and channeled through his arms - but Eliot thought the rapid response to secrete webs would be too severely hindered - the ol' KISS rule: Keep It Simple (Stupid!) So, I have to fall back on the willing suspension of disbelief...if everyone's been OK with the volume of webs packed into a tiny web cartrdige, I had to hope the same would hold true for the densely packed forearms.

As for the pressing of his fingers as a "trigger" - I guess I ran out of room to address it, but I had intended to note that it's more of a psychological habit to make the hand gesture, though no longer necessary - the release is like flexing a new muscle you never had before. Moving his wrist clears the passage for the web. Why do the webs come out of his arms and not his butt? There comes a point where a Handbook writer crosses the line into realms the books' writers should handle. Perhaps JMS might have wanted to say there were mystical forces at work and that it was no coincidence the webs developed in the same place he constructed his artificial web shooters... I don't know. But my job was to say what's there, not how it got there.

-Mike


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