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garoo1980 March 27 2011 03:55 AM

Spider-man books
 
Hey guys,

I know its off topic, sorry, but there's a lot of cross over. Anyone know of a listing of Spider-man/Batman novels? I notice a bunch of common names as the Trek community so maybe there's an equivalent to Memory-Beta?

Thanks!

shanejayell March 27 2011 04:54 AM

Re: Spider-man books
 
Here's a piece about KRAD's contribution.

http://www.sff.net/people/krad/down.htm

And Jim Butcher did a good one too.
http://www.jim-butcher.com/books/darkest-hours

Greg Cox March 27 2011 06:10 AM

Re: Spider-man books
 
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shanejayell wrote: (Post 4841096)
Here's a piece about KRAD's contribution.

http://www.sff.net/people/krad/down.htm

And Jim Butcher did a good one too.
http://www.jim-butcher.com/books/darkest-hours


Yeah, Keith put together a very comprehensive list of Marvel novels a few years back. You can find a link to it in the page above.

I imagine someone must have done a version for Batman somewhere . . . .

Defcon March 27 2011 08:17 AM

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Greg Cox wrote: (Post 4841210)
Quote:

shanejayell wrote: (Post 4841096)
Here's a piece about KRAD's contribution.

http://www.sff.net/people/krad/down.htm

And Jim Butcher did a good one too.
http://www.jim-butcher.com/books/darkest-hours


Yeah, Keith put together a very comprehensive list of Marvel novels a few years back. You can find a link to it in the page above.

http://www.sff.net/people/krad/marvel.htm#list


I've read Christopher's and Keith's Spider-Man novels, and while I liked Keith's more, Christopher's isn't bad either (full reviews here and here).

Therin of Andor March 27 2011 08:50 AM

Re: Spider-man books
 
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garoo1980 wrote: (Post 4840971)
I know its off topic, sorry, but there's a lot of cross over. Anyone know of a listing of Spider-man/Batman novels?

Quote:

Greg Cox wrote: (Post 4841210)
I imagine someone must have done a version for Batman somewhere . . . .

I did this listing a few years ago for the post-2000 DC and Marvel superhero novels:

http://therinofandor.blogspot.com/20...superhero.html

garoo1980 March 27 2011 03:09 PM

Re: Spider-man books
 
Nice. Thanks guys, that's perfect. I read Chris' already and quite enjoyed it, if KRAD's is better that's awesome.

Are the Spider-man books published regularly like the Trek ones?

Defcon March 27 2011 03:16 PM

Re: Spider-man books
 
Pocket Books stopped to publish Marvel Universe books in 2008 or 2009 IIRC and I don't think anyone else has picked up the license since then.

Therin of Andor March 27 2011 09:00 PM

Re: Spider-man books
 
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garoo1980 wrote: (Post 4841640)
Are the Spider-man books published regularly like the Trek ones?

Pocket's license with Marvel expired with its last novel, "Fantastic Four: Doomgate" by Jeffrey Lang (Dec 08). Their last "Spider-Man" was "Requiem" by Jeff Marriott (Nov 08).

shanejayell March 27 2011 09:10 PM

Re: Spider-man books
 
And to be honest I don't know if I want novels following the current One More Day/Brand New Day plots....

Christopher March 27 2011 09:19 PM

Re: Spider-man books
 
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shanejayell wrote: (Post 4842257)
And to be honest I don't know if I want novels following the current One More Day/Brand New Day plots....

We're well past OMD now, and the BND-era storylines have actually been quite good. And I'm saying that as someone who loathed OMD. It would easily be possible to write novels that are set in the current version of the continuity but make no mention of the debacle that was OMD.

For that matter, the BND branding has ended as well. The current arc is called "Big Time," I believe.

shanejayell March 27 2011 10:09 PM

Re: Spider-man books
 
*comics geek mode*

I have a very hard time putting aside OMD, since it forms the groundwork for all of BND and Big Time. And to be honest the whole idea of Peter making a deal with the devil is just SO OOC it's not funny.

But that's me.

*comics geek mode ends*

KRAD March 27 2011 10:11 PM

Re: Spider-man books
 
I'm inordinately proud of Down These Mean Streets, and I hope you enjoy it garoo.

And I do need to update that list at some point....

Stevil2001 March 27 2011 10:15 PM

Re: Spider-man books
 
Wikipedia has an exhaustive list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ased_on_comics

I keep on meaning to go through and hit up some of the DC novels that sound appealing. Maybe someday.

Christopher March 27 2011 10:27 PM

Re: Spider-man books
 
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shanejayell wrote: (Post 4842381)
*comics geek mode*

I have a very hard time putting aside OMD, since it forms the groundwork for all of BND and Big Time.

But that's just it -- I don't really think it did. It's not so much that OMD formed the groundwork for BND as that it erased the groundwork for what had come before and left a blank slate. BND was a fresh start with a new creative team and a new direction, and really had very little to do with OMD. It told its own stories that had nothing whatsoever to do with deals with the devil, and that were quite entertaining, fresh, and effective Spider-Man stories in their own right.

Yes, OMD was awful and wrong and offensive and profoundly out of character. It was a terrible story and it was a mistake to write it. No denying that. But that doesn't mean everything after it is going to be equally bad. It's the nature of serial fiction that it has its ups and downs. Sometimes something really bad will come along and leave a bad scent on the series, but the series will go on, it will recover, it will get better. Spider-Man has had embarrassingly awful storylines before, like the Clone Saga and "Maximum Carnage" and the abortive Byrne reboot of the origin, but it's gotten over them and redeemed itself. Just as Star Trek has survived bad moments like "And the Children Shall Lead" and The Final Frontier and much of TNG season 1 and "Threshold" and so forth.

Greg Cox March 27 2011 11:01 PM

Re: Spider-man books
 
And it's not like the novels are all that tied into whatever the current continuity of the comics is. When I wrote my FF novel, things were in a state of flux in the actual comics, with various characters losing or switching their powers, but I ignored all that and just wrote a "classic" FF novel with Reed, Sue, Johnny, and Ben going through the usual motions. I figured that whatever big developments were going on in the comics would be old news by the time my novel saw print--which turned out to be the case!

Aside from acknowledging that Reed and Sue now had two kids (whom I quickly shuffled offstage), my book could have taken place at almost any point in the continuity.


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