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17 November, 2006

Untold Tales of SpiderMan

Untold Tales of Spider-Man was published by Marvel Comics for 26 issues (#1-25, and a #Minus 1 between #s 22 and 23) from September, 1995 to October, 1997. Uniquely among those titles, Untold Tales' stories were retcons; they presented new stories set in Spider-Man's early super-hero career.

Each issue of Untold Tales of Spider-Man featured a single self contained story, though the book did have broad character arcs and subplots which developed throughout the series.

The title kept to a strong continuity, with the events in each issue taking place between specific stories from the first two years of The Amazing Spider-Man. As those stories were originally told in the early 1960s the title had a somewhat retro style in its depiction of the world around Spider-Man.

The series spotlighted Spider-Man's early interactions with established characters such as J. Jonah Jameson, the Human Torch, Betty Brant, Mary Jane Watson, the Vulture, Sandman and the Green Goblin. It also introduced a number of new characters into the Spider-man mythos, including The Scorcher, Bat-Wing, the Space-Men, Commanda and the Headsman.

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14 November, 2006

The Indian version of Spider-Man

Spider-Man: India is a comic book originally published in India by Gotham Entertainment Group in 2004, retelling the story of Marvel Comics' Spider-Man in an Indian setting. It ran for four issues, which were later also published in the United States in 2005 and collected into a trade paperback.

PLOT: Pavitr Prabhakar, a poor Indian boy, lives in a village and moves to Mumbai with his aunt Maya and uncle Bhim to study after getting half a scholarship. His parents died some years ago. Other boys at the school tease him and beat him. He knows his uncle Bhim is struggling to support him and his aunt Maya, and pay the school. Only Meera, a girl from school, befriends him. Meanwhile, Nalin Oberoi, a local crime lord, uses an amulet to perform an ancient ritual, where he gets possessed by a demon committed to opening the gate for other demons to get back to Earth. While being chased by other kids, Pavitr encounters an ancient god who gives him the power of a spider, to fight the evil that threatens the world. While discovering his powers, Pavitr refuses to help a woman being attacked by several men. He leaves the place, but comes back when he hears his uncle cry, who was stabbed when he tried to help the woman. Thus Pavitr understands that with great power comes great responsibility.

Next, Nalin Oberoi becomes human again, transforms his doctor into Doctor Octopus (without the usual mechanical arms), and sends him to kill Spider-Man, as instructed by the demon voices. Doc Ock fails, and Spider-Man makes it to the newspapers, where he is deemed a threat.

Oberoi kidnaps Pavitr's aunt, taking her to a refinery outside Mumbai. There he betrays Doctor Octopus, blasting him away with a ray. Spider-Man arrives and fights Oberoi, who has also kidnapped Meera. He lets both aunt Maya and Meera fall. Spider-Man dives for his aunt, but then fails to rescue Meera, who is saved by Doctor Octopus, that is just coming back to exact revenge on Oberoi. Pavitr reveals his identity to Meera and asks her to take his aunt away.

Oberoi gets rid of Doctor Octopus for good, and touches Spider-Man with the amulet. A Venom-like creature tries to take Spider-Man to the dark side, but he remembers his uncle and rejects the evil. By doing it, the link between the demons and Oberoi is shattered, and he becomes human again.

Everything goes back to normal, Spider-Man gets the girl, and celebrates the Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, with his aunt.

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05 November, 2006

Spiderman - Kingpin

The Kingpin is a Marvel Comics villain who has battled many Marvel crime-fighters, most often The Punisher, Spider-Man, and Daredevil. He first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #50

A titanic figure with an ever-present cigar and diamond-studded cane, the Kingpin is the cold-blooded leader of the New York mafia, although his army of lawyers maintain his image as a legitimate businessman. The character played a prominent role in the Daredevil stories of the late 1970s and early 1980s written by Frank Miller, and the two have had a bitter, violent feud ever since.

The Kingpin also appeared in the 1990s-era Spider-Man animated series and in the 2003 Daredevil film, where he was played by Michael Clarke Duncan, who reprised his role in a subsequent Spider-Man animated series.

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01 November, 2006

Spiderman / Doctor Octopus - Out of Reach

Dr. Otto Octavius, better known as Doctor Octopus is a Marvel Comics supervillain, an enemy of Spider-Man, he first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #3 (July 1963).

"Doc Ock," as Spider-Man often calls him, is a stocky, myopic man, supposedly modeled after pop singer Roy Orbison, who utilizes four powerful, mechanical appendages. A highly intelligent mad scientist, he is obsessed with proving his own genius and destroying his arch foe.

Other Series featuring Doc Ock

  • Spider-Man: Funeral For An Octopus #1-3
  • Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Year One #1-5
  • Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Negative Exposure #1-5

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