In this week’s episode of Off Panel, cartoonist Chip Zdarsky returns to the show to discuss what’s coming for him in 2019 and to dive deep into my favorite comic of the year, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #310. Zdarsky chats about his Spider-Man origins, how the period when you grew up influences your writing, what formed his vision of Spider-Man, J. Jonah Jameson, the length of his run, how his approach and story on #310 came together, hot dog icing, what makes Spider-Man special, overcoming his rep as the funny guy, what’s coming for him in 2019, tackling Daredevil, the appeal of Namor, and more.
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Header image is from the cover of Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #310, art by Mike McKone and Dean White. Intro music is Vulfpeck’s Outro from their album Vollmilch. Thanks to the band for letting me use the track.