How Marvel Created Spider-Man’s Hottest Meme Canon

Today we take a look at how Marvel made a steamy Spider-Man meme into canon in an issue of Web Warriors, because Spider-Gwen saw a lot more than she wanted to see.

This is Foggy Ruins of Time, a feature that provides the cultural context behind certain comic book characters/behaviors. You know, the kind of then-current references that faded into the “misty ruins of time.” Namely, twenty years from now, a college senior watching episodes of “Seinfeld” will likely miss much of the then-current pop culture humor (such as the very specific references in “The Understudy” to the scandal Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding).

One of the interesting things about fandom is when an element of pop culture shifts from “so bad it’s bad” to “so bad it’s good”, and that’s precisely what happens. passed with the 1967 Spider Man cartoon series. Now, it’s important to note that the cartoon landscape of the late 1960s was pretty darn bad. Saturday morning and weekday afternoon cartoon shows were notable for their cheap appearance. This is because they were produced very, very cheaply. Making cartoons is expensive and once cartoons left the lucrative short film before the theatrical market or the equally lucrative primetime television market, the money just wasn’t there for cartoons on Saturday morning television or afternoon television, especially when those earlier in theaters shorts and primetime cartoons could easily play in those other time slots and wow the kids of 1966 (a Bugs Bunny theatrical short from 1949 or a primetime Bugs Bunny cartoon from 1961 usually looked much better than a brand new Saturday morning or afternoon cartoon of 1966).

When Marvel first started airing cartoons on TV, marvel superheroes, the animation was done with what’s called “xerography”, meaning it took actual comic book images from the comics and copied them, then slightly modified them to animate them . This reduced the production needed to make the cartoons…

He also obviously looked extremely stuffy.

So when the Spider-Man cartoon debuted the following year, the fact that it didn’t use xerography was a big step forward, but it was still done VERY cheaply.

The way this show saved money was by redesigning Spider-Man’s costume so that he only had webs on his head, webs and gloves, saving a lot of effort , in addition to CONSTANTLY reusing action plans.

However, the show’s cheap production gave it an almost charming quality, much like a “Hey gang, let’s all put on a show!” a kind of can-do attitude that has endeared him to fans over the years (and of course, that theme song is downright excellent).

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The cheap nature of the show also comes across as kind of modest, and that has a lot of charm, and as a result, when internet memes became a thing in the mid to late 1990s on chat rooms, the Spider-Man cartoon was a popular source of memes. A popular one shows Spider-Man relaxing on a ceiling light, noting that the floor is lava…

Spider-Man, even before, is one of us. He just plays kid games like “The floor is lava”.

Perhaps the most popular Spider-Man meme involves an episode where the Chameleon dressed up as Spider-Man and the two now-identical characters blame each other for being the fake Spider-Man. This meme is used when two things being discussed are very similar…

Spider-Man memes are so popular that there is even a Spider-Man meme that is used when people use too many Spider-Man memes, stating that the thread is now a Spider-Man meme thread. Man…

Either way, one of the hottest memes is based on a photo of Spider-Man sitting behind a desk with his left hand not visible. So the joke is that Spider-Man is doing something raunchy in the picture, and so the meme is “Insert today’s news” followed by the classic line…

Most Spider-Man memes aren’t quite as saucy as this, but it’s not uncommon for Spider-Man memes to go in that direction as well.

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An outgrowth of the various Spiderverse storylines in the comics was the series, Web Warriors, following a group of alternate-reality Spider heroes, including Spider-Ham and Spider-Gwen, traveling to various universes in the Multiverse. In Web Warriors #1 (by Mike Costa, David Baldeon, Scott Hanna, Jason Keith and Joe Caramagna), the heroes travel through the universe of the Spider-Man cartoon…

As the heroes take on the villains of this simple world’s Spider-Man, Spider-Gwen is run over by one of the villains and she inadvertently finds herself in front of this universe’s Spider-man and when she finds him she is shocked of what he does behind the desk, recreating the infamous meme…

Of course, the comic doesn’t outright state what he does, because that would be a bridge too far, but it’s still very funny of Costa to fit that into a comic period, doing so from the same cannon. There are other great bits that poke fun at the old show (with love, of course), like how Spider-Man’s webs turn into butterfly nets.

Or when Spider-Gwen has another great idea of ​​how his webline seems to be basically tethered to the sky, poking fun at the fact that the cartoon really didn’t give much thought to how Spider-Man went to the action from virtually nowhere. .

It was a very cute journey into a universe where Spider-Man certainly has his problems, but at least the problems are all quite charming, even if sometimes it involves Spider-Man hiding under a desk to take care of Spider-business .

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