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Hey, I did another Spider-Man comic. I guess this is how I’m processing what we’re all going through right now. I had the stray thought, “What is Spider-Man doing during all this?” and this happened. On the one hand, it’s kinda sloppy and inconsistent, but on the other hand, I had the idea Sunday night …

OMTOB Pages 31 & 32

The End! I worried maybe that first panel was maybe a lil’ more Deadpool humor than Spider-Man humor, but I liked it, so it stayed. Doc Ock’s goons really wore purple jumpsuits in the old days. I put so much work in to drawing an accurate 1980s NYC police car, and look how much of …

OMTOB 28-30

Quite pleased with that “prattling” bit. My objective here, pass or fail, was to make it seem like Spider-Man never stopped moving. Just zooming through the panels. ‘Cuz for my money, Doctor Octopus is Spidey’s most dangerous villain. Sure, sure, you think Venom is scary, or you like the inherent drama of The Green Goblin. …

OMTOB Pages 25-27

It’s mine, all mine! The existing plot ran out on page 24, from here on out, it’s all me. And Spider-Man wakes up in a fully contemporary comic book! Kinda put a button on that in panel 2. But, yeah, I decided early on to make it a really clean break between 24 & 25, …

OMTOB Pages 22-24

Knocked out! Still having a great time writing Spider-Man, and now Doc Ock, too. Some good ol’ fashioned maniacal villain talk. You’ll see below that I changed the plot a little, but I had a plan. I have no idea why people draw comics for a living. Look at all that detail. And most readers …

OMTOB Pages 20 & 21

As of page 20, I’m drawing, inking, coloring, scripting & lettering the book, from a plot by Jim Shooter. Almost all mine! And, again, I feel like I got tossed in at a weird moment. I get one whole establishing shot on page 19 to figure out The Daily Bugle’s lobby from. I Googled what …

OMTOB Page 18 & 19

These are the last 2 pages John Romita, Jr. penciled. Pete calling the cops is an odd choice, but why not? Spider-Man should try that more often. I love the action of him ducking into the alley, too. And then I get to write some Spider-Man/J. Jonah Jameson banter! Just a little. But it delights …

OMTOB Pages 16 & 17

I’m not trying to tell Chris & Louise how to live their lives, but that house could use some work. All the shadows on page 16 were hard to deal with. I know what I’d do with all the tricks available to me in 2020, but what’s the 1983 solution? I think the purple on …

OMTOB Pages 14 & 15

Stuff like that car always kind of amaze me in old comics. I can Google anything, but artists like Romita always got accurate reference for stuff somehow in the 80s. Doc Ock’s weird crisis of faith seems like it’s about to boil over. Meanwhile, as of page 15, I’m writing the script now, based on …

OMTOB Pages 12 & 13

Here we have maybe the weirdest thing about this book: The introduction of Ann MacIntosh. As near as I can tell, even though this isn’t a “real” Spider-Man comic, this is her first appearance in any comic. She would go on to just show up in a handful of future Spidey comics, like she’d been …