Episode 044, “Red Raven, Red Raven…!”

X-Aspirations Episode 044
X-Men #44, May 1968
“Red Raven, Red Raven…!”
Written by Gary Friedrich, Plotted by Roy Thomas, Layouts by Don Heck, Pencils by Werner Roth, Inked by John Tartaglione, Lettering by Sam Rosen, Edited by Stan Lee.

Also Included: “The Iceman Cometh!”
Written by Gary Friedrich, Pencils by George Tuska, Inked by John Verpoorten, Lettering by Artie Simek, Edited by Stan Lee.

Which Came First, The Spider Or The Man!

In Which We Learn That The X-men Need A Canine To Help With Shackle Key Retrieval, That When Warren Watches The Lord of The Rings He Creepily Insists On Using Slow Motion For All The Hobbit Scenes, And That To This Day Professor X Can Not Even Eat A Peanut Without Weeping For The Memory Of Sally, Linus, And His Little Red-Headed Girl!

Grandmama Xavier Loved The Family Motto So Much That She Embroidered It On Every Seat Cushion In The Mansion In A Single Night! She Did Regret It Later, Once She Got Chance To Think It Over.

Here is the original Spiderman (notice: no hyphen) logo, designed in 1953 by Joe Simon.

Here is some original C.C. Beck art of the 1953 Silver Spider, which Harvey Comics declined to pick up as a property.

Here is the 1959 Fly by Simon and Kirby. Notice the villain of this tale is The Spider!

Here are the covers to Amazing Fantasy #15, the first appearance of Spider-man. On the left is the original Ditko version that Stan felt was not dynamic enough. On the right is the iconic Kirby take on the same image. There’s only one thing that could make that cover even better… a Colbert.

Magneto did not want to know why The Toad had so much Rohypnol.

I’ll have what she’s having.

Aunt Olga’s gifts were never practical.

The night after the septic tank overflowed, Angel had the most terrible dream.

Cirque du Soleil gets more beautiful every year. Weirder, but more beautiful.

Wow Dad, could you close your legs a little… No? Maybe your men could wear longer skirts? Uh-huh…

OK, this is why I wear a full body suit.

Red Raven regretted having to take the underwater go-go dancer position, but poppa gots to pay the rent.

Elvis insisted on being frozen instantaneously upon death. Or if anyone ever frosted his hair.

There’s no way you are getting through this door, without a hat.

Who’s the private dick that’s a sex machine to all the chicks?
You’re damn right.

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