“Amazing Spider-Man” Costume Ditches the Crappy Oakley Eyes

Look ma! No body fat!

Look ma! No body fat!

Remember “Amazing Spider-Man?” Came out last year and was surprisingly uncrappy?

But remember how his costume looked like he raided a Sports Authority and scalped some basketballs, sewed them together, then shoved a pair of sunglasses in there?

Can you still hear the basketballs screaming, Clarice?

Can you still hear the basketballs screaming, Clarice?

Looks like the designers paid a little closer attention to their source material this time around; because the following pic made the rounds yesterday:

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I’m still not a fan of the raised weblines, but the eyes are perfect. It’s what Spidey has been sporting since his inception and reflects his Ultimate Spider-Man costume (which provided a lot of the material for the reboot). Glad to see that they’re not resting on the success of the first movie and are actively working to bring the nerds to the (web-strewn) yard.

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The Threeway: Top 3 Nostalgic Cartoons (Adam’s Take)

Nostalgia bothers me. I look back at the past and often long for the times of yesteryear. But, I know that revisiting things with older eyes ruins the memory. I’ve re-watched hundreds of movies that I loved as a kid, only to learn… “Krull” is really a crappy movie (among others).

As such… I’ve stopped using the way back machine to peek in on my childhood. But, when I do…

#3 – “Spider-man and His Amazing Friends” – My five year-old loves this show. As such, I’ve recently seen the entire run again. Spidey, Firestar and Ice Man make a great team. The villains cycle through not only the Spider-man rogues gallery but also throughout the Marvel Universe. It’s a delicious piece of nostalgia.

#2 – “Transformers” – This was my favorite show growing up (this and “Different Strokes” but that’s for another column). Growing up it was hard to find. The only way for me to watch it was via “The Bozo Show” on WGN. But, that damn clown didn’t show a complete episode. He only showed 8 minutes of one. Three days a week. So, it would take a week to watch one episode. Still, my love was great. I didn’t think anything could change that. However… The first time I revisited it (a few years ago) Anthony and I (500 miles away, through the magic of an IM connection and a few beers) watched the first disc Season One. What we realized was that it wasn’t very good and a surprisingly number of plot lines hinged around putting things up Bumblebee’s butt. Now, the five year-old has watched it a few times (yes, I completely shove my geekdom down his throat – stop judging me) and… it doesn’t hold up (granted, it is still light years better than “Beast Wars”).

#1 – “Battle of the Planets” – The best thing, nostalgically speaking, about this show is that I haven’t seen it in over 20 years. It’s still awesome in my mind’s eye. I want to keep it that way. The biggest thing I remembered – the group transforming into the fiery phoenix. Little did my American eyes know that in the original show the transformation was them being blasted by radiation and each time was literally killing them. For me, however, they were heroes. For me, they ARE heroes. They’ll stay that way, as long as the grip of nostalgia doesn’t grab me and make me watch it now.

The Threeway: Top 3 Nostalgic Cartoons

Because ten items is too damn much first thing in the morning.

Have I mentioned how much I love nostalgia? The myopic lens through which decades-old toy commercials become paragons of storytelling and artistic excellence? It’s like really good drugs; but legal; and time-consuming; and you have to develop wrinkles, gray hairs, and then you find yourself on your lawn at 8 in the morning, your nose slathered in sunscreen, tutting at how the dollar weed is really justĀ destroying your front yard this year…if only those damn punk kids would just stop their dog from crapping all over…

ahem

Like I said. Nostalgia isĀ awesome.

3. “Spider-man and His Amazing Friends” might mark a very important pinnacle in my adolescent development. I’ll leave it up to you to decide which one.

Actually, let me Google that for you…

…yeaaaaah, don’t Google Firestar. It’s just a horrible mish-mash of Rule 34 and adult-oriented cosplayers (and with that I’ve lost my entire audience to the whims of Google Image search).

Let’s move on

2. “Dungeons and Dragons” was utterly forgettable. Indeed, it would have fallen deep, deep into the fog of war that is my middle-aged memory if it wasn’t for one, iconic sequence. At the beginning of every episode, the heroes are transported from the modern day to the middle of a fight with a seething, five-headed dragon (Tiamat, for all you D&D nerds at home). I was into fantasy in a big way at the time (and working through the Lord of the Rings trilogy) and thought I’d seen everything. But a five-headed dragon? That was something new. Never mind that the show itself was utterly forgettable (except for my hate of Uni the Unicorn, that still burns bright); I would wait till 11:30 every Saturday just to see this opening sequence. For me, there was more action in that 45 seconds of video than in an entire morning of cartoons.

1. “Transformers” was something that I outgrew quickly. Once my brother and I had collected most of the first season of toys, we turned to “G.I. Joe” and proceeded to beat ourselves silly with those (I will admit it was considerably more difficult, given the lack of die-cast parts). The storylines are non-existent and the art is beyond horrible (and that’s even before they started farming out the animation to overseas studios). But maybe it was the hazy memories of those afternoon sessions, fighting over who got to be Sunstreaker (it was me), and who got to be Astrotrain, and who got to throw Optimus Prime the farthest…when I found myself at a professional roadblock (Roadblock: member of the Wreckers. Also the first toy that I ever broke on Christmas morning. Also the supposed reason I started collecting Transformers toys) post-college, I found myself obsessed again with Transformers and the mythology that had developed around the cartoon of my youth. Indeed, in the past ten years I’ve forgotten more about Transformers than most people would ever want to know in the first place. Watching the old G1 cartoons now with my son is cringe-inducing. But for every ridiculous plotline, every non-sensical directive from Prime or Megatron, there’s a moment where a robot dinosaur trashes everything on screen like it was papier mache and I can’t help but grin, 12 years old again.

That’s nostalgia.