Punx Phil Predicts 6 More Months of Spidey Reruns

Another Amazing Spider-Man story started today (July 21, 2019) in the newspaper comic strip.
I was about to say a new story but this is a strip originally published March 15, 1915 2015.

above: the July 21, 2019/March 15, 2015 Amazing Spider-Man Sunday strip

If they continue to run the entire Marvella/Hobgoblin/>spoiler<Black Widow sequence
it will last 24 weeks and go until the end of 2019.

Some may remember that when the reruns began four months ago a joint Marvel-KFS statement said:

We’ll be back soon with great new stories and art to explore even more corners of the Marvel Universe for you and your readers to enjoy. We’ll be announcing more about these new adventures in the very near future, so keep your Spidey senses tuned in! (emphasis added)


I think what most disappoints me is that they could have done what would have been new stories for most of the world with very little trouble.

There was an authorized Spider-Man comic book made in Mexico during the 1970s.
It popular enough that it spun off a comic strip that ran south of the border.

[IDW Publishing President Chris] Ryall, whose company has already published several collections of Spider-Man comic strips from American newspapers through its Library of American Comics imprint, told us that he has obtained hundreds of scans of [José Luis González] Durán’s newspaper strips, which number in the thousands. The IDW president’s goal, he said, is to collect both the Mexican strips and the original Sorprendente stories for eventual publication in the U.S.

With “thousands” of comic strips available that have not been seen by most of the world, it seems these could be adapted to the King Features comic strip.

The Amazing Spider-Man comic strip has had a variety of art styles from John Romita to Flor Dery to Dan Barry to Larry Lieber and Alex Saviuk (and the comic book even more diverse styles), so the Duran art shouldn’t be a problem. Among the years (“thousands”) of strips should be a few stories acceptable to most people’s idea of the Spider-Man character. A translated script would be minimal pay. The Sundays could be a cut and paste recap of the dailies (like the Benders’ Alley Oop).

More about the El Sorprendente Hombre Araña comic strips and books can be read
at Gizmodo, Newsarama, ComicsBeat, and Redddit.

Hey, if they want to “explore even more corners of the Marvel Universe“, here’s one.




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