Has Spider-Man always been this funny?

Spiderman_lTime Out New York just tipped us off that Spider-Man himself is among the 40 people interviewed in their new issue, which celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Time Out London flagship publication by chatting up the 40 folks who’ve made a positive impact on NYC since TONY‘s inception 13 years ago. Click here for a peek at The New York 40, then read the interview with Spider-Man and tell me (A) if Spidey’s always been this funny and (B) which comic book heroes are this clever on the page.

A couple of excerpts:

TONY: What’s the future of New York? What are your hopes, and what needs to happen?
Spider-Man: We definitely need to curb our dependence on incredibly dangerous science experiments taking place right in the middle of the city near raving crackpots who hate me. That’s where I’d start.

If you could have a drink with our other Top 40 people — Patti LuPone, Kiki & Herb, Amy Sedaris, Jay-Z — who would you choose?
Spider-Man: I’d probably choose Jay-Z, since he’s the only one on the list who doesn’t strike me as a supervillain.

This is your chance to convert someone, comic book lovers. Take it…

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  • paige

    nobody beats spider-man in the wit department but Hawkeye was very good at it back in the day…

  • Snarf

    Kiki and Herb are really closet super-villans. Trust.

  • Jakeem

    My only problem with Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man is that he doesn’t have the comic book character’s rapier wit, particularly against the bad guys.
    I loved it whenever the Web Slinger would refer to the rotund Kingpin as “Chubbins” or call Doctor Octopus “Doc Ock”!

  • Jinnie

    Um. What happened to the immaturely gleeful Clay post?

  • Jon

    When written well, Spider-Man is very funny. He isn’t always written well, but the humor has been a part of the character since he was created.
    For a funny comic that isn’t strictly a “humor” comic, Justice League International is a version of the Justice League that remains some of the funniest atuff I’ve read. Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis wrote the book, which had a couple different names and a couple spin-offs during its run.
    It was originally printed from 1987 to around 1993, and DC Comics recently brought back the creators for a couple miniseries. The back issues are fairly cheap and easy to find, but DC is reprinting the original stories in hardcover. Two hardcovers are available so far, and they are worth every penny.
    Some other gems:
    Ambush Bug (DC Comics)
    Barry Ween (Oni Press)
    Howard the Duck (Marvel) – Don’t hold the movie against him!
    Secret Six (DC Comics) – Not necessarily laugh out loud funny, but truly dark humor

  • Rob Grizzly

    You won’t find many as entertaining and down-to-earth as Spidey.

  • Tricky

    Spider-Man has consistently been a well-drawn character, and I don’t necessarily mean the art. I like that the movies have translated his persona so well to the big screen. But the comic book is a safe bet to remain high quality, just based on it’s history of consistency. Others will become fads, but a few, like the X-Men, Batman, and Spider-Man, will keep on going for a long time to come.

  • Ackerman

    Spider-Man has always been funny – since day 1. Part of it is him releasing his inner comedian from behind a mask, something nerdy Parker can never do. It’s a very astute observation on how putting on the mask actually “frees” this hero, instead of the usual “now-I-can-beat-people-up” representation usually give. The other thing (noted in the comics more than once) is that the whip-cracking banter Spidey usually has was a way for him to alleviate the tension of fighting big bad villains, many of whom were more “experienced” than he was. It also puts them off guard, or distracts them, which he often uses to his advantage.
    I agree with the person who added the caveat “when written well” – the best Spider-Man writers have always kept in mind that Parker’s sense of humour is great, and Spider-Man allows this to bubble out even in (especially in?) the dire situations.
    P.S.I think Joss Whedon’s dialogue is very influenced by Spidey-in-peril banter.

  • BrandonK

    Definitely, Mandi…Spider-Man is renowned for his smartaleck remarks in the midst of a fight. It all depends on the writer, of course, but a lot of comics feature comedic situations or characters…Plastic Man always makes me laugh with his ridiculous shapes and remarks, especially when contrasted with someone notoriously dark and serious, like Batman.

  • SciFi Writer

    Spidey is great, but Deadpool is better. He’s the only character that i’ve ever seen talk sooo much that even Spidey tells him to shut up. I just hope they let Ryan Reynolds do him justice in the new Wolverine movie.

  • bg 17

    When I used to read comic books, I particularly enjoyed the stories that contained comic relief. Spidey was the best, but I also really enjoyed Chris Claremont and Alan Davis’ Excalibur.

  • Dave

    If you’ve only seen the movies, I can see why you wouldn’t think Spidey can tell a joke.

  • Elizabeth

    The funniest comic I ever read, the one that actually got me into comics, was DC’s Young Justice. Has to be one of the most entertaining comics created, it was both funny and lighthearted, an endangered species in todays comic book world.

  • Shereeda

    looks like i meander into diff path with same result.. ive watched mainly all the episodes of Spider-Man cartoons and he is brilliantly funny :) .. i like him best of all the heroes …

  • ElrondL

    I read Spidey comics as a kid in the 70s, and on and off since . . . he has always been funny! That’s a big part of his charm. Someone above correctly noted that he really lets it out once the mask is on. The one thing I don’t like about the movies is that they’ve never really nailed his great humor.

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