Toy Chest Theater: Miles Morales Takes Flight!

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I adore this shot from Boris Lechaftois. It’s a perfect mid-action shot of Miles Morales leaping out the window and into action as Spider-Man. It’s very cinematic in nature, in that we can practically see Miles sailing through the air and then dropping out of view. Beautiful work!

Spider-Man, Miles Moreles, Toy Chest Theater, Boris Lechaftois

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Toy Chest Theater: Spidey and the Symbiote by Alan Parma

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Spider-Man returns to “Toy Chest Theater” this week courtesy of Alan Parma, who does something with this image that I’ve never seen. He uses hot glue for the symbiote goo that gives Spidey his classic black costume, and ultimately turns Eddie Brock into Venom. The texture of the glue actually looks believable as an alien substance.

What’s more, he went through the hassle of removing the glue from the figure. Nobody ever said thinking outside the box was easy…

Spider-Man, symbiote, Alan Parma

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Toy Chest Theater: “Spider-Man Three” by Mike Gonzalez

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This shot from Mike Gonzalez feels apropos right now, given all the buzz over Spider-Man: No Way Home. The other two Spider-Men being blurred in the background could very well serve as a metaphor for all the hype about Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield allegedly being in the movie. “Spider-Man Three” is Gonzalez’s caption for the image.

Spider-Man, Mike Gonzalez, Toy Chest Theater

At this point, it’s going to be a pretty big letdown if they’re not in it. But Marvel usually comes through. So I’m not worried.

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Toy Chest Theater: Spider-Man Fails?

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This image makes me think of the art we saw in the aftermath of 9/11. Images of the superheroes we love, placed next to the very real heroes who rushed in to save lives and provide aid when the terrorist attacks occurred. John Romita Jr’s work in The Amazing Spider-Man #36 comes to mind, for obvious reasons.

The caption on photographer Joe Hume’s Instagram page reads “Sometimes we fail.” That’s interesting, as that’s not how I read this image. Mourning? Yes. Failure? No. But that seems to be the story Hume had in mind. Fair enough, I suppose.

Either way, it’s a powerful image. The iconography of the Spider-Man suit and the fireman’s hat. The orange blaze in the background. But the lighting from below is what clinches it. I don’t know that it’s supposed to be from the fire. A street light, perhaps. Or a light on one of the buildings. But it works very well.

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