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Six armed Spider-Man 102 splash Gil Kane 1971 Marvel greatness!! by Gil Kane - Comic Strip
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Six armed Spider-Man 102 splash Gil Kane 1971 Marvel greatness!!

Comic Strip
Acrylic
40 x 28 cm (15,75 x 11,02 in.)

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This is a really special page for me. I bought this book off the stand, and Spider-Man in the #90s and 100s was a time of turmoil and great changes for the character. The 90s had the death of Capt. Stacey, then onto the great, code-less drug issues and the lead in to issue 100, which didn't let down those of us who followed the book... we'd see the death of The Green Goblin and Gwen Stacey soon enough...

Here, Spider-Man grows four extra arms in his vain attempt to rid himself of his gift, and curse.

At this same time the comics code loosened their ban on horror so Marvel introduced several horror characters including Morbius the Living Vampire... issue 102 was also one of a handful of .25 cent 52 pages issues that were wonderful but so short-lived, only one issue for each titles was produced. This particular issue was packed with Spider-Man/ Lizard/ Morbius action, and this chapter splash image of the six armed Spider-Man allying himself with the half dangerous Lizard and half sanity regaining Dr. Curt Connors was one that was seared into my brain forever.

Artistically I think it's the best page in the book and better than the actual splash (notwithstanding the splash has Morbius).

I think Kane is such a great comic artist and his work on Spider-Man in particular really had elegance, imagination and impact. And how trippy is a six armed Spider-Man carrying a Lizard over Manhattan?!!

This is one of the best Spider-Man pages ever! It's a very welcome addition to my collection.

C'est une page vraiment spéciale pour moi. J'ai acheté ce livre au stand et Spider-Man dans les années 90 et 100 a été une période de bouleversement et de grands changements pour le personnage. Le capitaine Stacey est décédé dans les années 90, puis les grandes questions liées à la drogue sans code ont été à l'origine du numéro 100, qui n'a pas laissé tomber ceux d'entre nous qui ont suivi le livre ... nous verrions la mort du Green Goblin et de Gwen Stacey bientôt ...

About Gil Kane

Gil Kane (April 6, 1926 – January 31, 2000), born Eli Katz, was an American comic book artist whose career spanned the 1940s to the 1990s and every major comics company and character. Kane co-created the modern-day versions of the superheroes Green Lantern and the Atom for DC Comics, and co-created Iron Fist with Roy Thomas for Marvel Comics. He was involved in such major storylines as that of The Amazing Spider-Man #96–98, which, at the behest of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, bucked the then-prevalent Comics Code Authority to depict drug abuse, and ultimately spurred an update of the Code. Kane additionally pioneered an early graphic novel prototype, His Name is...Savage, in 1968, and a seminal graphic novel, Blackmark, in 1971. In 1997, he was inducted into both the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame and the Harvey Award Jack Kirby Hall of Fame.

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CosmicArtFan Kane is one of the greatest of the all time great Marvel artists. This is a great example. Love Kane's figure drawing, powerful, athletic and graceful all at the same time!
Jan 25, 2019 9:56 PM
ludogrid Great Spidey/Kane page ! Congrats !
Nov 9, 2018 7:22 AM
becoolman I prefer this page to your Spiderman Romita page previously seen on this site ! It is so much better than the Romita page because it is a pure piece of art. Gil Kane has no match when he does cover or splash looking like cover ! Congrats !
Nov 9, 2018 2:40 AM