Back when we started this show, we always wanted to have the three guys who left an indelible mark on Spider-Girl and the world of the MC2: Writer Tom DeFalco and Artists Ron Frenz and Pat Olliffe. In this episode, Kelly and Zach will talk about the creation of the series, and its fans, and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the cover date to What If?! 105! And take your questions as well!
Programming note: There were some technical difficulties during the production of this episode. Zach has done his best to edit those things out and did a whole new outro. Thanks for understanding!
ABOUT MAKE MINE MAYDAY
Make Mine Mayday was created by Kelly McDaniel and Zach Joiner to chronicle the series, from the beginning, and the entirety of the MC2 (Earth-982) Universe. Created By Writers Tom DeFalco & Larry Hama, Pencilers Ron Frenz, Pat Olliffe, Paul Ryan, and Ron Lim, with contributions by Al Williamson, John Livesay, and Sal Buscema on inks, the series is a time capsule of a self-contained alternate universe, is among the most expansive in Marvel’s publishing history. Spider-Girl, the first volume is still the only female-led title to have 100 straight issues uninterrupted, without resorting to combining numbering, such as is the case with She-Hulk. Spectacular Spider-Girl was the first online first Marvel Comic that occurred since 2009, with the creation of Marvel Unlimited. Those stories were reprinted in Spider-Man’s ongoing Anthology books but still hold the distinction.
Spider-Girl was a series that ran from 1998-2006, that starred May “Mayday” Parker, the daughter of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson-Parker. Earth 982 was created with titles such as A-Next, J2, DarkDevil, The Buzz, Fantastic Five, Wild Thing, Avengers Next, American Dream, Last Hero Standing, Last Planet Standing, Amazing Spider-Girl, Spider-Girl, Spectacular Spider-Girl, and appearances in Amazing Spider-Man Family, Web of Spider-Man (Vol II), Amazing Spider-Man (Vol 3), Spider-Verse, Spider-Girls and Spider-Man Family.
Spider-Girl’s history of publishing was a miracle in the modern comic marketplace. Originally, the series was to only go with 12 issues, with the sister titles J2 and A-Next designed to be marketed in mass retail establishments. However, the series continued and was supposed to end with issue 17, before the fandom wrote passionate letters complaining for the series to continue. This would start a trend, as it was supposed to be canceled no less than 7 times, including a time that occurred on April Fools Day when the title was revived and managed to survive the 100 issues, before relaunching as Amazing Spider-Girl. It was also the most popular selling trade paperback at Marvel during a partnership with Scholastic Books printing smaller Digest-sized books. Each time the series got close to being canceled, the Spider-Girl Message Board on Alvaro’s Comic Boards rallied together, even creating a website called Save Spider-Girl. Spider-Girl’s story on the page is a triumph, but the story off the page deserves its recognition as well. This Podcast is an attempt to tell that story and keep the flame of the MC2 burning.
ABOUT SPIDEY-DUDE.COM & THE SPIDEYDUDE RADIO NETWORK
Spidey-dude.com was created in 1998 as Spideydude’s Spider-Man Page, before becoming Spideydude.com, morphing into the current URL in 2011. The Spideydude Radio Network was established in 2009 with the creation of the Clone Saga Chronicles Podcast and its sister Shows: Spectacular Radio, Mayday Mondays, and the Amazing Spider-Man Classics Podcasts.
In 2020, the creation of Both Make Mine Mayday and Spideydude Experience expanded the Network here on YouTube. In 2021 we started a show that is a sequel/prequel to the Spectacular Radio Podcast, discussing Gargoyles, the Animated Series that ABC had in 1994-1996. Voices From the Eyrie: A Gargoyles Podcast is hosted by Greg Bishansky and Jennifer L. Anderson with frequent guest the co-creator of the animated series, Greg Weisman. In terms of our other Audio Shows: The Spectacular Spider-Man Sal Buscema Era Podcast and coming to Patreon First, Books of X- An X-Men Podcast. More is coming soon!
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