Doug TenNapel – Spider Boy
February 15, 2013
This is a commission of my favorite web-slinger. I don’t usually draw other people’s characters, but in this case, I’d been working on a Spiderman story just to see what I would do with that great American icon. Here’s Spider Boy:
(Click here for bigger image: http://tennapel.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/spidemantennapel.jpg )
The name Spider Boy is my first change, because to me Peter Parker was always about being a high school kid. He’s a boy, and the idea that he’d be this huge, ripped, adult-looking man betrays the innocence and clumsiness of being an awkward teen.
In my story, the world is rooted more in fairy tale than Marvel’s usual Materialist “believable” universe. So magic is real, and is the primary explanation for how things work in contradistinction to science being the reason. Dr. Octavius is a tomb raider who comes across 13 animal idols, each representing an ancient, pagan, evil spirit. He hired Peter Parker as an assistant over the summer, mostly because he’s a great (and cheap) photographer who would document the expedition in the heart of the Congo.
PP accidentally handles a tiny spider idol and a curse falls on him… Curse of the Spider Boy! When he holds the idol he is transformed into the above image. He turns bright red and blue, his lips are black his eyes, glowing orbs. Little spider spirits cling to his fingers and arms and spray webs according to his thoughts that allow him to soar around New York’s skyline. He can climb walls, and spiders around the world obey his wishes.
Every hero needs a great villain and Spidey has 12 of them! Dr. Octavious handles an octopus idol… and brings home the other animal idols that include a rhino, a vulture, a beetle, chameleon, hammerhead shark, jackal, lizard, wolf, puma, scorpion etc. Soon Dr. Octopus and his gang of evil animal-men want the 13th idol which is held by the Spider Boy!
Marvel, I’m here to help.