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Stand-In Strip: "Venom"
Posted: Wednesday October 7th, 2009 by

Early this morning my uncle, Ray, passed away and doing a "comic" just doesn't feel right.

What I've done instead is post a picture of Venom I did a little over a year ago. Now, I know a picture of Venom may not seem to be more appropriate. But it is. Let me explain:

Quite a few years ago, back when I was still really interested in comic books. I found out that Uncle Ray was a fan of Spiderman. So I went out and bought him Web of Spider-Man #1. I'd never read it. But I liked the cover (an illustration by Charlie Vess showing Peter Parker back in the black alien symbiote costume). This issue was the inspiration for the film version of Peter ridding himself of the costume by using church bells. Though the first series only lasted 129 issues, by sheer coincidence it's returning as Web of Spider Man Volume 2 later this month.

Despite it's origins whenever I see the black costume I think of Venom. So in a very circuitous but immediate way, this image makes me think of my uncle Ray. He was as good a man as I can think of and I regret terribly that my son will never get to meet him.

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