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WonderCon: The Spectacular Spider-Man

The WonderCon premiered the first episode of The Spectacular Spider-Man. Show creators Greg Weisman and Victor Cook were in attendance along with artist Sean “Cheeks” Galloway and voice actors Josh Keaton (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) and Ben Diskin (Eddie Brock).

PANEL NOTES:
Q: How was it starting up this new show?
Greg Weisman: Start from scratch, back at beginning to play out early days, start he show after he’s been Spidey for fourth month, now his Jr. year at high
school. This is education of Peter Parker.

We had access to entire spidey cannon, look at the cast, Gwen, Eddie, Flash, want to find core truths of characters as al relate to Peter/Spidey. It’s fresh and new,...faithful to the Spider-Man comics.

Victor Cook: Each episode stands alone it’s a saga over 13-26 episodes.

Talking about the design of the characters:
Sean “Cheeks” Galloway: Nothing easy Spidey went through 20 revisions and the same for Peter Parker. There are 7 layers of approval. There’s a “big urban feel” in the show.

We learned that Josh Keaton is a big Spider-Man fan, his Mini Cooper has the license plate “THWIP” and he’s getting Spidey on the roof. Josh says how he could relate to Peter since his own days in high school except he couldn’t walk on walls.

Ben Diskin: I grew up with 90’s spidey and has always been a big Venom fan. (Teasing that Brock’s future is Venom, which the rest of the panel, Greg and Victor, tried to deny.)

Q: Has the Ultimates line been an influence?
Greg: I’m not shy from stealing from Bendis but the main influence is from Ditko, when I got the part I got all the Essential Spider-man’s and read them again. We focused on character; the core truths of the cast...It’s completely a work from scratch.

Victor: What I love most is being a Spidey fan working on character, hardest part has been the time frame we had to do it.

Q: Can we expect guest stars of other Marvel universe characters?
Victor: Have no access to others NOT in Spidey universe but with Spidey will explore fully.

Michael Vogel, the Sony rep, did say that the first 13 episodes are airing on Kid’s WB, currently talking to Marvel and Sony to figure out where the next 13 episodes, which are currently in production, will air.

Cathie Horlick
2/26/2008
Source: Toonado