Thursday, June 12, 2008

Fisherman or Fish?

I'll buy that the Vulture is able to stay aloft while carrying Spider-Man. He's done it before, after all, so there's no reason he can't do it again. What I won't buy is the increasingly terrible dialog. I mean it's usually not Shakespeare, or even close to Stan Lee's classic stuff, but it's been really terrible this week. I've been trying to figure out what the second panel even means. It's obviously a fishing analogy, but who is the fisherman and who's the fish?

The Vulture could be the fisherman, as he refers to the web-line as a fishing line and remarks that Spider-Man won't be the one to get away. However, the Vulture also remarks that he's the one who got away, leading me to believe that he might be the fish. I'm not looking forward to tomorrow's strip. Ah, and the gems have vanished again, a fact which completely fails to surprise me.

Argh. Now, I like Stan Lee and respect his body of work, but either he's gone further around the bend, or he's gotten wind of this blog and is now using the strip as some sort of weapon against me. If he is, it's working, because my head feels like it's going to explode.


Paul Arrand Rodgers said...

Stan Lee's brother writes this...I think Stan stopped in the 70's.

jvwalt said...

Stan Lee's brother "Stagger"? From the old folk song? That makes sense.

Word of advice to Spider-Man: Let....go. You'll plummet earthwards, but you must have a dozen ways to break your fall.

Bryce Baker said...

This might be the first
strip where it would be good to
be an elephant

Mike Podgor said...

Stan Lee still writes it. His brother draws it. At least, according to this list thing I saw a few months ago.

jvwalt said...

Actually, I'm beginning to think Lynn Johnston writes it. Spider-Man and FBOFW share a desperation to reach for a pun, no matter how farfetched.