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Spider-Man doesn’t exactly have an easy life. It seems like most super heroes are fine sharing their bad guys with each other, but so many of Spider-Man’s enemies had to go and make it personal. No matter what Norman Osborn does in the Marvel Universe, his prime obsession will always be Peter Parker. To make matters worse, Spider-Man feels personally responsible for his rogue gallery, so when Electro destroyed the maximum security prison, the Raft, of course it was Spider-Man’s responsibility to fix it.
The Sentry is a fascinating example of how some public relations stunts don’t exactly work. The Sentry was originally shown off in Wizard in 2000 as a super hero created by Stan Lee before the Fantastic Four but had been lost. Marvel even drew up some fake sketches and credited them to Artie Rosen – a reference to Artie Simek, the letterer of the Fantastic Four #1 and Amazing Fantasy #15, and Sam Rosen was responsible for designing almost every Marvel logo in the 60s! Rosen also was the letterer on Will Eisner’s The Spirit and was responsible for drawing word balloons and sound effects in almost all of Marvel’s comics in the 60s too! So if you know your history, those names pull some major weight.
Nowadays, whenever a bad guy is needed for a movie or comic book, there’s one group you can always go after: Nazis. They’re the catch-all for boogey men and super villains. But it wasn’t always that way, when Captain America #1 was published, the cover showed Cap punching Hitler in the face. It’s now one of the most iconic covers on any comic book, but at the time it was highly controversial for one big reason: the US wasn’t involved with the war yet.
At this point, it wasn’t even apparent just how evil the Nazi party really was but Jack Kirby and Joe Simon quickly learned just how crazy the world can get. Before they knew it, they started getting death threats from Nazi sympathizers and ended up getting a call from Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia who promised to make sure they were protected. Fast forward almost 70 years, and Ed Brubaker is in the same boat with his Captain America run and Tea Parties. Yes, I just compared the Tea Party movement to Nazis.
Some two-packs follow a basic theme, like packing two gods together. Other packs were clearly manipulated by marketers. Of course, some just don’t make any sense as a pairing but there are also packs where the figures are absurdly similar: like getting two guys in trench coats holding guns.