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Trevor Thompson
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Posted: 04 December 2018 at 7:18am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Just a quick one for the forum members: How did you all feel when you first saw Spider-Man in the black costume for the first time? Was there a big uproar about it?

Personally, it didn't bother me. It didn't even register that it was a big deal, I vaguely remember it being quite cool but nothing more than that.
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I loved it. I miss the brief period of time where he'd wear the original costume during the day and the black costume at night - that was a good way to keep fans of either costume happy.
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I was 11 and I remember seeing that issue at the High's Dairy Store that I bought my comic books at. My first thought was the obvious "That's so cool!" then I saw She-Hulk with the Fantastic Four and the Thing in space and remember thinking that Marvel had changed forever. I do think after a few issues, I was ready for the classic costume to come back. It's funny because around the same time, Marvel Tales was reprinting the Lee/Ditko stories so I guess that why I really didn't miss the original.
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I thought it was cool. When I first started collecting, I was fixated on buying a back issue of SECRET WARS #8, but it was always too expensive for me.
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Posted: 04 December 2018 at 8:20am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I preferred the original costume.
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Posted: 04 December 2018 at 8:34am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I liked it. I didn't think it would ever be a permanent change, but the new suit looked cool and I was good with Peter wearing it for a while.

If it was done today, the internet would be in an uproar. "What the heck are you doing, Marvel, changing an iconic costume like that? Black? He's not a VILLAIN!" and on and on.
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Posted: 04 December 2018 at 8:36am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Contrast that with the other changes that happened:

- Ben Grimm replaced on the FF by She-Hulk (which was awesome)
- the Hulk's leg is broken (lasted all of what, half an issue? did anyone care?)
- Iron Man had an upgrade to his armor (not that unusual, and his armor looked more or less like before)
- the Avengers were... the same?

Only a couple of real changes came out of SW and all but two of those faded away real fast. So... game changer or not?
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- Ben Grimm replaced on the FF by She-Hulk .

Another one that wen over my head. I did take a bit more notice of Iron Man's Silver Centurion costume. I really liked that one!

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I thought it was a neat idea. On one hand, it seemed (as I recall) that the X-Men had just upgraded their costumes, so it wasn't a "unique earth-shattering event". On the other hand - Changing Spider-Man's uniform? That actually was kind of a big deal. I thought it looked cool and, while I knew it wouldn't last (gotta hang on to that copyright), it looked like a good idea.

Of course, then it became Venom and I hated it. LOATHED it. Still do, actually.
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Posted: 04 December 2018 at 9:22am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

I don't recall any uproar. In fact,  it seemed the opposite.  Most of my friends and fans I knew thought it was cool. That said,  I am glad the change was not permanent.  The classic Spider-Man outfit is still the best. 
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Posted: 04 December 2018 at 9:22am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

If it was done today, the internet would be in an uproar. "What the heck are you doing, Marvel, changing an iconic costume like that? Black? He's not a VILLAIN!" and on and on.

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Given the drastic changes being made to Marvel characters over the past few years, I think a new costume would merit a shrug. Maybe an “Ooo, I want a Funko Pop of that.”
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Posted: 04 December 2018 at 9:26am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

"Only a couple of real changes came out of SW and all but two of those faded away real fast. So... game changer or not?"

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The longest-lasting change due SW was the end of Kitty and Colossus' relationship. About 20 years!
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