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    Default What are the sales figures?

    Every month or so we have a sales discussion. The numbers which are usually referenced are the icv2 estimates. These are estimates by the website icv2 based on information provided by Diamond, the online retailer. Many comics insiders argue that the estimates are usually lower than the real sales.

    Any figures extrapolated from information provided by Diamond do not include any comic books sold outside of Diamond, which includes subscriptions, domestic sales outside the direct market and sales to the international market.

    In addition, the figures do not include the sales data for various reprints (another source of income for Marvel.) It also does not include digital sales, an increasingly significant portion of the market.

    Another source of information is the statement of ownership, usually an annual affair in which it's mentioned how many copies an average issue sold in a one-year period.
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    Default Why are people saying that Peter Parker is a man-whore?

    Since the marriage was erased in Amazing Spider-Man #545, Peter Parker had a one-night stand with Michelle Gonzalez in Amazing Spider-Man #601 and a friends with benefits type relationship with Black Cat since Amazing Spider-Man #606. He later began a relationship with Carlie Cooper in Amazing Spider-Man #647, although that ended in Amazing Spider-Man #673.
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    Default What's with the rape comments?

    There are two scenes in Amazing Spider-Man which have been interpreted as possible rapes.

    In Amazing Spider-Man #603, the Chameleon disguised as Peter Parker seduced his roommate Michelle Gonzalez. Two issues later, it was established that they just made out on the kitchen floor.

    If the two had gone "all the way," it would not have counted as rape according to current New York state law on the subject (although the law could easily be different in a world in which shapeshifters are more common.)

    In Amazing Spider-Man #631, after Curt Connors had become the Lizard again, a former coworker was described as being in no shape to talk. She was the only survivor of a massacre. Curt Connors had been portrayed earlier fantasizing about the woman.

    Editor Steve Wacker posted to say that if any rape was inferred, that was a mistake. The woman was simply in shock after seeing a man-reptile eat her coworkers.

    There is a further discussion on the topic.
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    Default Did Spider-Girl present a possible future for the Spider-Man comics?

    Tom Defalco's soon to be finite Spider-Girl run (and every other title set in the MC2 universe) was a spinoff of a very successful issue of What If?

    While set later than titles set in the mainstream Marvel Universe, it features a world in which things diverged from comics produced in the late 1990s (allowing writer Tom Defalco to build on his developments in Fantastic Four, Thunderstrike, Amazing Spider-Man and Green Goblin.)

    As such, it was never set in the same continuity as contemporary Spider-Man titles.
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    Default What are the threads devoted to the One Moment in Time storyline?

    At this point, there are dozens of threads and a lot of posts devoted to the One Moment in Time storyline in Amazing Spider-Man #538-541.

    There's an official poll regarding opinions on the entire storyline.

    There were several threads for the individual issues.
    Amazing Spider-Man #638 Spoilers & Discussion
    Two reviews of Amazing Spider-Man #638
    Amazing Spider-Man #639 Spoilers & Discussion
    Amazing Spider-Man #640 Spoilers & Discussion
    Amazing Spider-Man #641 Spoilers & Discussion

    One More Day, One Moment in Time and One More story deals with a third story Quesada intends to write, with ties to OMD and OMIT.
    One interpretation of how OMD and OMIT work shows OMIT essentially retcons OMD.
    JMS or Joe Quesada. Whose version of OMD was better? asks whether JMS's original plans for OMD were better than the final result.
    What questions did OMIT not answer? is self-explanatory.
    As is, "Which was better? OMD or OMIT?"

    And then there's the recently completed five-part "Cup of Joe" series on the subject.
    Cup of Joe September 27
    Cup of Joe September 28
    Cup of Joe September 29
    Cup of Joe September 30
    Cup of Joe October 1

    That was a follow-up to a "Cup of Joe" series on One More Day.
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    And there's the General Quesada's Spider-Man thread.
    And a retcons megathread,
    And the Amazing Adventures of the Brick.
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    Default What have been previous "throwdowns"?

    The throwdown is an occasional series asking posters to pick amongst about two stories. Usually the stories have something in common.

    So far it's been...

    Dead Man's Bluff (Amazing Spider-Man #141-142) VS. Goblins at the Gate (Spectacular Spider-Man #259-261)

    Back in Black (Amazing Spider-Man #539-543) VS. Grim Hunt (Amazing Spider-Man #634-637)

    Do You Want Pants With That (Amazing Spider-Man #502) VS. Marked (Amazing Spider-Man #589)

    Two Christmas stories: Have Yourself a Sandman Little Christmas (Marvel Team Up #1) VS Down and out in Forest Hills (Amazing Spider-Man #314)

    The Sinister Syndicate (Amazing Spider-Man #280-281) VS. Lifetheft (Amazing Spider-Man #386-387)

    Two anniversary issues: Amazing Spider-Man #350 VS. Amazing Spider-Man #425

    Two John Romita Jr. illustrated battles with Norman Osborn: Darkness Calling (Amazing Spider-Man Volume 2 #25, Peter Parker Spider-Man #25) VS. New Ways to Die (Amazing Spider-Man #568-573)

    The Return of the Sinister Six (Amazing Spider-Man #334-339) VS. The Owl/ Doctor Octopus War (Peter Parker Spider-Man #72-79)

    The first appearance of the Hobgoblin (Amazing Spider-Man #238-239) VS. The first appearance of Venom (Amazing Spider-Man #300)

    Two of the most acclaimed Spider-Man stories ever: The Master Planner Saga (Amazing Spider-Man #31-33) VS. The Night Gwen Stacy Died (Amazing Spider-Man #121-122)

    Two poignant standalone stories: Flashbacks (Amazing Spider-Man #574) VS. Maybe Next Year (Peter Parker Spider-Man #33)

    The Original Clone Saga (Amazing Spider-Man #144-150) VS. Civil War: Amazing Spider-Man (Amazing Spider-Man #532-538)

    The first appearance of the Hobgoblin VS. The first appearance of Venom VS. The first appearance of the Kingpin (Amazing Spider-Man #50-52)

    Two recent Sandman stories: Sandblasted (Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #17-19) VS. Keemia's Castle (Amazing Spider-Man #615-616)

    Two of the most ridiculed Spider-Man stories: My Uncle, My Enemy (Amazing Spider-Man #130-131) VS. Sins Past (Amazing Spider-Man #509-514)

    Two "relevant" Spider-Man stories: Green Goblin Reborn (Amazing Spider-Man #96-98) VS. September 11 (Amazing Spider-Man Volume 2 #36)

    The two longer arcs with the Lizard as the bad guy: Torment VS Shed

    Two of the most acclaimed Spider-Man stories ever: Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut VS Kraven's Last Hunt

    The sequels: Soul of the Hunter VS Something Can Stop the Juggernaut

    Halloween throwdown: The Short Halloween VS Revelations

    Two acclaimed two-part quintessential Spider-Man stories: Hyde & Seek VS Unscheduled Stop

    And two acclaimed creative teams: Dematteis/ Sal Buscema's Spectacular Spider-Man VS JMS/ Romita Jr's Amazing Spider-Man

    And for something slightly different: Who is the best Vulture?

    Death Throwdown: The Death of Jean Dewolfe VS Revenge of the Spider-Slayer

    Conversation throwdown: All My Sins Remembered VS The Conversation

    Slott Epic throwdown: Spider-Island VS Ends of the Earth

    Movie throwdown: Spider-Man VS The Amazing Spider-Man

    Lizard throwdown: "Shed" VS "No Turning Back"

    Team-up throwdown: Spider-Man/ Human Torch or Spider-Man VS Wolverine

    Rhino throwdown: First Appearance VS The Gauntlet: Rhino

    Rematch throwdown: Green Goblin's second appearance VS Venom's second appearance

    No One Dies VS The Child Within

    Least Loved Spider-Man Stories: The Trail of Peter Parker VS Freak-Out

    The Return of the Green Goblin VS The Return of Venom

    Death: The Gift VS The Death of Captain Stacy

    Event Tie-In: Civil War VS Inferno
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    Default Who has been features on Spider-Writer Sundays?

    Another feature is a "writer of the week" discussion, started on most Sundays.

    Writers discussed so far have included...
    J. Michael Stracyznski
    Marv Wolfman
    James Owsley/ (Christopher) Priest
    David Micheline
    Howard Mackie
    Bill Mantlo
    J.M. Dematteis
    Peter David
    Roger Stern
    Terry Kavanagh
    Dennis O'Neil
    Stan Lee
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    Default Who has been featured on Spider-Artist Mondays?

    And with comics being a visual medium, there's an (almost) weekly spotlight on noteworthy Spider-Man artists.

    Artists discussed so far include...
    Jim Mooney
    Sal Buscema
    Pat Oliffe
    John Byrne
    Rich Buckler
    Ross Andru
    John Romita Jr.
    Alex Savuik
    John Romita Sr.
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    Default What exactly is a "retcon"?

    Short for "retroactive continuity" the term initially applied to untold tales set in a character's past.

    Now it's come to mean something slightly different. It's a somewhat new and insular term, but it already has a definition on dictionary.com

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    retcon
    /ret'kon/ retroactive continuity.
    The common situation in fiction where a new story "reveals" things about events in previous stories, usually leaving the "facts" the same (thus preserving continuity) while completely changing their interpretation. For example, revealing that a whole season of "Dallas" was a dream was a retcon.
    This term was once thought to have originated on the Usenet newsgroup rec.arts.comics but is now believed to have been used earlier in comic fandom.
    [The Jargon File]
    (1994-12-08)
    Generally, a retcon is a story built on a continuity point that the original writers hadn't considered at the time. In Writing for Comics, Peter David described the three types of retcons. The first is when writers tie disparate story elements together to make the mistakes seem intentional, such as revealing that Ned Leeds's inability to fight the Foreigner's goons was proof that he wasn't really the Hobgoblin. Peter David also used the example of doing a story in which Captain Marvel recreated the universe, meaning that continuity goofs in titles like the Hulk were a result of the recreation, and would soon be cleared out. These are now in-continuity explanations for goofs.

    The second is when stories put modern spins on pre-existing continuity (IE- John Byrne's revelation that Lockjaw was an Inhuman.)

    The final category of retcons is when stories establish a new and distinct continuity, sometimes with the aid of an explanation in a continuity-altering event, such as The Crisis of Infinite Earths. This is the one most comic book fans think of when they read the word "retcon" but it's also weirdest to define.

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    Default How do I post a poll on CBR?

    When you start a new thread, there are a bunch of options on the new thread page including "Post a Poll."

    So, make sure to check "yes" and select the number of choices you respondents to have.

    Write your first post, and click "Submit New Thread." Your first post will be posted and at this point, you'll arrive on the page in which you create the poll.

    Do not press "Back" during this process, as this will mean you won't be able to add the poll.

    If you want people to have multiple options or if you want it to be a public poll (which means it won't be anonymous, but that there's more transparency) click those options.

    Make sure that the question is easily understood and that the possible answers cover all of the options. Recognize the middle ground between "Roger Stern is the best Spider-Man writer ever" and 'Roger Stern's Spider-Man is badly written."

    It's also preferable if the thread title "agrees" with the question in the poll. If the title of the thread is "Does Hammerhead suck?" the poll question should not be "Is Hammerhead awesome?"

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    Default What's the smoking ban?

    When he was Editor-in-Chief of Marvel, Joe Quesada had an edict against glorifying smoking. There wasn't a ban on the depiction of smoking, as writers and artists were able to do stories and scenes in which smoking is depicted in a negative manner. An Amazing Spider-Man two-parter (562-563) is an example.

    But Quesada decided that showing cool characters like the Thing, Nick Fury and Wolverine enjoying cigars or cigarettes sent the wrong impression to readers, including children.

    It's not known how strictly this policy is enforced under Alex Alonso, the current Editor-in-Chief.

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    Default What exactly do editors do?

    From some of the comments, it seems that there's a widespread impression that the primary purpose of the Editor is to be a continuity cop. That's one aspect of editing, and it's certainly noticeable if there's a continuity based error (IE- a villain returns from the dead without explanation), but editors do other stuff.

    The duties may vary from individual to individual, but the tasks can include assembling creative teams, making sure that everyone's working at the right pace, setting & readjusting deadlines, serving as a bouncing board for writers & artists, and more.

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    Default Why did Norman Osborn come back from the dead?

    The in-story explanation for Norman Osborn's return was that the Goblin serum came with a healing factor, which allowed Osborn to survive being impaled by the Goblin Glider. He then spent a few years in Europe, before returning at the end of the Clone Saga.

    As editor Glenn Greenberg explained in Life of Reilly why Marvel chose to go with that story...

    It was around the time that these stories were produced that Bob Harras told us who should be revealed as the master villain responsible for the entire clone saga. The reaction was not enthusiastic. I don't think ANYONE - from the writers to the editors to the assistant editors - agreed with Harras's idea, although his rationale certainly made sense to a certain extent. Harras felt that there was only one person who could have had the money, the resources, the connections, the knowledge, and the motivation to orchestrate the clone saga and disrupt Peter Parker's life to such a profound extent. Harras felt that the mastermind had to be Norman Osborn.

    I was one of the most vocal opponents to this idea. "But Norman's dead!" I argued. "I mean, there was a body! We saw his funeral! There was no doubt left in anyone's mind that he died. Beyond that, he died in one of the most powerful Spider-Man stories of all time. It was a key event in Spider-Man's entire history! We would be totally betraying the trust of the fans if we went in and undid that story!" I remember someone muttering, "Who are we gonna bring back next? Gwen? Or how about Uncle Ben?" But Harras felt that no other option would work, and he made it absolutely clear that he would not be bound to a story that had been published almost 25 years earlier. Harras felt that for the here and now, Norman was the only solution, continuity and history be damned.
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