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James Stokoe's Spider-'Nam

James Stokoe's Spider-'Nam provides a re-imagining of Spider-man's history with amazing art work and poignant script.




IsoRod, Published on May 16, 2012
Bold or new directions for established characters are few and far between. A friend of mine were having a conversation about comics. We were talking about the constant rehashing of old story lines and situations for characters. Like Marvel Comics' Thor going through Ragnarok (the end times for the Norse Gods) every couple of years. Or DC Comics constant need to introduce multiple versions of Earth (the Crisis story-lines), with this just occurring again with the second wave (6 new comics replacing 6 canceled books) of The New 52 (a relaunch of all of DC's major titles).

As the topic moved on to new and bold directions for some our favorite established characters, he told me one of the best story that he had read in a while was an artist fan comic about Spider-man serving in the Vietnam War. That fan comic was by Orc Stain creator James Stokoe, Spider-'Nam, which is only about five pages long. This is a testament to how good this story is, after those few pages I would love to read this story as a full fledge graphic novel.

Stokoe's artwork is very detailed, it captures the mood perfectly. The premise of having Peter writing letter back to his aunt chronicling his experience is a great vehicle for storytelling. To read the black and white version of the comic here and you'll find some finished color pages on Stokoe's blog Orc Stain, it's about 2/3 of the way down on the February 11th post. Be sure to check more of Stokoe's work on the blog the level of detail in his drawings are mind blowing.

TAGS: Comics , Artists , Showcases , Books , Fan Fiction



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  1. Isorod

    Yeah, it's really good. It's more like over 2 years now. Too bad it has so much potential. Thanks for the comment.

    #2 – 27 July, 2013 at 8:38 am

  2. Faustus Mitternach's avatar Faustus Mitternach

    Saw it, likeed it. There is also one page where he finds a dead pilot hanging in a tree and has a flashback about Gwen on the Bridge of Death.

    Well done. Hope he does something with this, but its been about a year now.

    #1 – 23 July, 2013 at 12:15 pm

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