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Is he strong? Listen, bud…


Welp, I ate the last of my birthday cake tonight. Yes, those are the cake toppers. I know they’re supposedly edible, but they’re just too darned un-food-like to pass my lips. Real food is not halftoned.

Big fan of Spiderman. I mean the 1967 cartoon, naturally. (You laugh, but I bet the theme song is going through your head right this moment).

The cake is, of course, an oblique reference to the Spiderman Incident. Honestly, pay to have your picture taken with a Romanian acrobat dressed as Spiderman one time, and you’ll never hear the end of it.

Have a good weekend, everyone!


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: May 13, 2016, 9:09 pm

I prefer this song:


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 13, 2016, 10:35 pm

And now for something completely different…

Uzbekistan is so broke it has to pay its teachers in chickens.

I was never a Spider Man fan, never saw the cartoon. The comic books left me cold, for reasons of bad art, particularly Uncle Fat Head.

Comment from Poindexter
Time: May 13, 2016, 10:46 pm

I had a special affection for that theme song because the composer was Paul Francis Webster (and the cartoon credits listed his full name). My name is Bruce Francis Webster, and let me tell you, growing up in the 60s with a first name of Bruce and a middle name of Francis was no piece of cake.

What I didn’t know until just this very minute is how many classic songs he wrote, including three Oscar-winners. Here is my one allotted link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Francis_Webster

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 13, 2016, 11:08 pm

Cheer up; it could’ve been “Gaylord.”

I, too, found out about Webster and his Oscar when I Googled the theme song.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: May 13, 2016, 11:33 pm

Wow, Webster was a prolific song writer and most very good and memorable, too.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: May 13, 2016, 11:39 pm

My nerves have gone to pieces
My hair is turning gray
All I do is drink black coffee
Since my weasel’s gone awayyyyyyyy!


Comment from Deborah HH
Time: May 14, 2016, 1:32 am

But Stoaty—you were just a little stoat when Spiderman was on the television. I don’t remember the show. But I was a teenager and my mother had gone back to college, so the TV was rarely turned on in our house. I did listen to the Adventures of Chickenman every day at noon on the radio. He’s Everywhere! He’s Everywhere! (while sitting in the parking lot of the Tweety Burger! I kid you not)

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 14, 2016, 8:13 am

Not that little, Deborah! I was seven when Spiderman debuted. Which probably makes me the exact target audience.

I ‘member Chickenman, too. But…I think a cartoon version?

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: May 14, 2016, 10:19 am

I have just read a Jewish writer deconstructing Superman as a very Jewish creation ‘from the planet Minsk’ and inescapably a product of the Jewish American experience at the time he… um, leapt out of a phone booth for the very first time.

As the scales fell from my eyes (I was an avid Superman fan as a boy – unusual in England in that era) I was left wondering WTF that left Spiderman.

Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: May 14, 2016, 4:02 pm

“You eat one lousy foot and they call you a cannibal. What a world!”

The Big Bus, 1976

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: May 14, 2016, 10:33 pm

“…I bet the theme song is going through your head right this moment…”

An ear-worm a day keeps the web-swinger in play…

Comment from mojo
Time: May 14, 2016, 11:46 pm

I used to run around in a home-made Superman outfit. Does that date me?

Comment from tinman
Time: May 15, 2016, 11:42 am

Regardless of all the above, happy birthday to our favorite furry mammal!

Comment from Some Vef
Time: May 15, 2016, 6:27 pm

Mojo – speaking from personal experience – running around in a Superman outfit means no one dates you….

Comment from Ccs
Time: May 16, 2016, 12:34 pm

I want to see the acrobat picture. Please?

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: May 16, 2016, 2:01 pm

This guy Webster was remarkable. The Wikipedia article says “Shadow of Your Smile,” the “Maverick” theme, “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing,” and “The Twelfth of Never” were all his.

Oh, and I remember the radio revival of “Chickenman” in the late ’70s: “Chickenman Returns for the Last Time Again.” Dick Orkin, the voice of Chickenman, is one of my all-time favorite radio voices (he did the Prego “It’s in There” spots, for example).

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