Midtown High School student Peter Benjamin Parker is a science-whiz orphan living with his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. He is bitten by a radioactive spider at a science exhibit and "acquires the agility and proportionate strength of an arachnid". Along with heightened athletic abilities, Parker gains the ability to adhere to walls and ceilings. Through his native knack for science, he develops a gadget that lets him fire adhesive webbing of his own design through small, wrist-mounted barrels. Initially seeking to capitalize on his new abilities, Parker dons a costume and, as "Spider-Man", becomes a novelty television star. However, "He blithely ignores the chance to stop a fleeing thief, and his indifference ironically catches up with him when the same criminal later robs and kills his Uncle Ben." Spider-Man tracks and subdues the killer and learns, in the story's next-to-last caption, "With great power there must also come—great responsibility!"
I have always been a big Spidey fan. I read the comics religiously in the 80’s through late 90’s. I was most hooked during the big boom when Venom came on the scene and Todd McFarlane was doing the artwork. I loved how he would draw they outrageous webs. Fully detailed, spun, and knotted, twisting through caption after caption. Something about that just tickled my fancy so to speak. I mention that because this is the review for Diamond Selects new 90’s Gallery Spiderman with over exaggerated webs. I must say before I get started, Spiderman, although a cool character has a pretty simple outfit, so I don’t have a lot of variation on my descriptions.
Here he is in all his glory. Spiderman in the classic design. Come to think of it, with the exception of a few tweaks here and there, this costume has pretty much remained the same. Red, white, blue, and black. As I said it’s a very wrap around outfit but lets start by looking at the head You can see the big oversized white eye lids surrounded in a dark black outline. The eyes are a bright white, with just a slight hint of black for shading to give it a touch of depth. Notice how the black outlines around he eyes are think where as the rest of the black used for the webbing design throughout the costume is more skinny. It’s a nice little touch to show off both outline that use the same color. The bright red is on in full effect, and all of the little webbing is carved into the piece and painted black to give it a nice element of perception. The blue is bright and vibrant and if you look you can see the faint hints of light black painted in it for shading purposes. And lets not forget to mention the black spider in the center. This matches the comic book perfectly.
Here’s a shot of the over dramatic knotted up web that I like so much. You can see it starts as its coming out of Spidey’s web shooter on his wrist and twists and turns all the way past the statue. Fully knotted like rope more so than a spider web. I love the little suction like opening at the end where it will undoubtedly stick to a bad guy. Its painted in a white with just a hint of light blue mixed in. It’s the most eye catching piece of the statue. Not so much that it’s the main point you focus on, but it really brings it to life and exemplifies what The old Spiderman webs were like back in the 90’s comic books.
This side shot gives you a good look at the webbing style that is etched into the piece. You can also see some of the shading done on the blue leg of the costume. The red is bright, but more like a bright brick color as opposed to say a candy apple. Those little spider webs are etched into the piece and painted a dark black. You also get a good look at the 3D style this has as Spidey’s foot is swinging up and out while his hand is planted on the base. You can see that all of his fingers are individually sculpted as well with the webbing designed going all over. It’s a great looking piece
The back shows off all the bright blue in the outfit as well as the shading and muscle structure. You can see very faint black, and very minimal usage is done. Just enough to accentuate certain parts of the statue. The spider on the back is a bright red just like in the books, and you can see all of the sculpted muscles running throughout the back and legs of Spiderman. The placement and positioning used really bring this to life, and give you the full feeling of Spiderman swinging through the city to fight crime. This is a very comic accurate piece to say the least.
The base is a simple roof top done in a dirty copper and black color. You can see the chimney Spiderman is using to use to make his next leap complete with the bricks and steam valves on the side. Its incredibly scuffed up and dirty looking yet still bright enough to maintain the comic book look. It’s a small base size wise to take nothing away from the piece itself. You can even see the webbing Spiderman used throughout the bottom of the base. It’s a great addition to the statue as we all picture Spiderman swinging across the city, and this rooftop captures that.
As I said Spiderman is a 3 color outfit so not a ton to write about but as you can see this is a very well done and detailed piece that really does Spiderman justice. It captures the look and fell of the comics, and throws in those classic 90’s style webs as well. Pick this one up today.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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