Thursday, August 4, 2011


Via Netflix Instant I recently watched several episodes of the 1967 Spider-Man animated series that I fondly remember from syndication in the late seventies. The episode that had the most impact on five year old me detailed Peter Parker's trip to the Florida Everglades to cover the story of an alleged Lizard Man who turns out to be sympathetic, one armed scientist Dr. Curt Connors. I my mind this episode was a thrilling mix of terror and pathos. Did it hold up on rewatching? It was terrible. I have no idea what the appeal was for my younger self. But it does speak to a kid's ability to fill in meaning where there isn't any. 

Well, I didn't let watching the show dissuade me. I put all those childhood feelings of fear and pity into the above Lizard sketch!

Recent interpretations of the character have skewed toward a grim and gritty dinosaur like approach. I chose to go back to the Steve Ditko design with a bit more grounding and atmosphere. 

Hope you like it! 

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