And turning it into a positive. Please turn your attention to the following picture:
The masters of sculpture at Bowen Designs will be releasing this statue very soon. I'm an ardent supporter of these guys, having over a dozen of their mini-busts scattered across the apartment.
Anyways, the reason I'm posting this is to delve in the history behind this piece. For the non comic-book fans, this is the Scarlet Spider. While he looks remarkably similar to Spider-Man, his story is a long and unusual one.
In the over 40-year history of Spider-Man, there have been countless stories told about the web-slinger. Most good, some strange and a few downright bad. But few have raised the ire more than a tale known as:
The Clone Saga
While I'd love to run down all the details of this storyline, thankfully someone else already has. A tip of the cap to Eric Gillette for his excellent timeline.
Someone at Brandeis has taken the time to actually scan the relevant pages and post them online.
Finally, here's the Wikipedia entry on the whole thing.
To sum up, this is a good example of how you can salvage something cool from a train wreck.