Linkara: Hello, and welcome to Atop the Fourth Wall. And welcome once again to Secret Origins Month!
("Secret Origins Month" title is shown; cut to a shot of the cover of a Spider-Man comic that Linkara reviewed previously)
Linkara (v/o): Next up in the origins department is our Satan-dealin', clone-creatin', smokin'-stoppin' pal, Spider-Man.
(Cut to shots of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko)
Linkara (v/o): Reading up on some history, there's actually some confusion over the exact creation of Spider-Man and whose original idea it was. Officially, it was Stan Lee and Steve Ditko...
(Cut to a shot of Jack Kirby, drawn in caricatured comic style)
Linkara (v/o): ...but apparently, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby frequently conference with Stan Lee about ideas concerning the character, throwing around things like a magic ring, a web gun, and other ideas that eventually made it into other superheroes.
(Cut to a shot of a drawing of Spider-Man holding Stan Lee under his arm as he swings around town on his web)
Linkara (v/o): However, since it was Lee and Ditko who drew the issues and basically did everything with it, theirs is the story we're following here.
(Cut to some shots of early Spider-Man comics)
Linkara (v/o): In this case, Marvel was finding success with the Fantastic Four, and Stan Lee saw an upswing in teenagers reading comic books. So he wanted to make a hero that teenagers could identify with. According to an interview with Stan Lee, Marvel's publisher Mark Goodman had numerous reasons why the character would never work, that people hate spiders, that heroes aren't supposed to have real problems, teenagers couldn't be the hero, etc., etc. Still, they were canceling the book, "Amazing Adult Fantasy", renamed "Amazing Fantasy" for the final issue, and decided to give it a try there. And thus, Spider-Man was born, with Steve Ditko creating the iconic costume and look for the character. "Amazing Fantasy #15" was a sales success, prompting Marvel to give the character his own solo series, which has lasted through today.
Linkara: So let's dig into the story that got our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man going: "Amazing Fantasy #15".
(Opening titles play; title card has the theme song from the original Spider-Man cartoon series playing over it; cut to a closeup of the comic's cover)
Linkara (v/o): Once again, I remind people that I'm evaluating these issues with modern standards, because I think it's funnier that way. Our cover is, of course, the iconic image Spider-Man carrying this random guy. Huh, I wonder if he's gonna pass Superman carrying Vincent Price in the other direction.
Spider-Man: Though the world may mock Peter Parker, the timid teenager... it will soon marvel at the awesome might of... Spider-Man!
Linkara: (as Spider-Man, pretending to hold up the guy) Anyway, Steve, thanks for listening. Same time tomorrow?
Linkara (v/o): Oh, and by the way, Peter, good job keeping your secret identity a secret and all. I'm sure yelling your name while tons of people watch you, and your carrying another guy, will go over well in the long term.
Linkara: And for those of you at home, today, I actually do have a reprint ready for your enjoyment: (holds it up) "Marvel Tales #137", which reprints not only this Spidey story, but also the origin of Doctor Strange. But we're gonna focus on Spidey today.
Linkara (v/o): We open to the corner of a street, where a bunch of kids are mocking Peter Parker.
Kid 1: Say, gang, we need one more guy for the dance! How about Peter Parker over there?
Linkara: What kind of dance requires a quota?
Kid 2: Are you kiddin'? That bookworm wouldn't know a cha-cha from a waltz!
Linkara: Clearly, they have never seen Peter when he gets his groove on.
(Cut to a clip of Spider-Man 3, where Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) briefly dances and grooves on a city street, while '70s music plays in the background; cut back to the comic again)
Kid 3 (a girl): Peter Parker? He's Midtown High's only professional wallflower!
Linkara (v/o): And of course, Peter is sulking at the corner.
Linkara: (as Peter) Well, better go plan my murderous revenge and then wait for Battlestar Galactica to be invented.
Linkara (v/o): OH, MY GOD, THERE'S A GIANT SPIDER COMING DOWN TO EAT HIM!! AAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!! Oh, wait, no, uh... Anyway, there's also some narration.
Narrator: Like costume heroes? Confidentially, we in the comic mag business refer to them as "long underwear characters"!
Linkara: Well, it's not confidential now.
Linkara (v/o): And for some characters, the underwear analogy just doesn't work. Do you know anybody who goes to bed wearing (looks at Spider-Man's attire) this? I mean, besides Stan Lee?
Narrator: And, as you know, they're a dime a dozen! But, we think you may find our Spiderman [sic] just a bit... different!
Linkara: (as narrator) His life is a never-ending spiral of shame and death!
Narrator: As you may have gathered, Peter Parker was far from being the biggest man on campus!
Linkara: (as narrator) That would change after his clinical depression pushed him to Twinkies and Hostess Fruit Pies.
Narrator: But, his Uncle Ben thought he was a pretty special lad...
Linkara (v/o): ...as he creepily stood over him.
Narrator: As for Pete's Aunt May, she thought the sun rose and set on her nephew!
Linkara: Sadly, though, being a million years old kind of made Aunt May think that the toaster was her nephew.
Ben: Don't fatten him up too much, dear! I can hardly out-wrestle him now!
Linkara: (creeped out by what he just read) Uncle Ben, stop being creepy.
Linkara (v/o): Of course, Peter's teachers like him for being a nerd and all, but sadly, he finds rejection with his one true love, Sally... uh, Black-Hair. Sally, however, is attracted to Flash Thompson, resident dickhead. Here's what may be a dumb question, but if the place is called Midtown High, why does Flash's sweater have a big T on it? Is he a member of the Mr. T Army?
(Cut to a clip of Mr. T's Be Somebody or Be Somebody's Fool)
Mr. T: It's cool to express your personality, so express yourself and not someone else. So you take the label and wear your name.
(Back to the comic again)
Linkara (v/o): Peter suggests that they go to the new exhibit at the science hall, but sadly, the sensuous allure of SCIENCE does not sway them, and they drive off, calling Peter a bookworm again. Wow, what new depravities will think of next to call their peers?
Peter: Some day I'll show them! Some day they'll be sorry! --Sorry that they laughed at me!
Linkara: (singsong voice) I see a killing spree in his future!
Narrator: And, a few minutes later, Peter Parker forgets the taunts of his classmates as he is transported to another world -- the fascinating world of atomic science!
(Cut to a clip of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 gang watching Puma Man)
Tom Servo: It's fascinating.
(Cut back to the comic)
Scientist: And now for a demonstration of how we can control radioactive rays here in the laboratory...
Linkara: (as patron) Uh, should we have any kind of protection here? (as scientist, waving dismissively) Nah, we're good. (as patron) Like, I don't know, lead shields or safety goggles or something? (as scientist) Eh, don't worry about it.
Linkara (v/o): And of course, a spider descends in between the two Christmas ornaments and gets a nice, big ol' dose of radiation.
Narrator: Accidentally absorbing a fantastic amount of radioactivity, the dying insect...
Linkara (v/o): Spiders aren't insects.
Narrator: ...in sudden shock, bites the nearest living thing...
Linkara (v/o): "Nearest living thing"? Look at this panel! Peter's all the way in the back! Shouldn't it have gone for the scientists running the device? Peter suddenly feels lightheaded and has to go outside.
Peter: What's happening to me? I feel-- different! As though my entire body is charged with some sort of fantastic energy!
(In the comic, there is the sound of car honking being displayed; the actual sound is played)
Linkara: (as Peter) And now my fingers are honking!
Linkara (v/o): A car almost hits him while turning a corner, but Peter instinctively leaps to a nearby wall.
One person in car: That was one egghead who won't any more daydream any more when he crosses a street!
Another person in car: You can say that again!
Linkara: (as this person in the car; laughs) We almost killed someone.
Linkara (v/o): Peter quickly discovers he can climb the walls of the building, a little kid actually witnessing it.
Kid: Mommy! Look at the man walking up the side of a building!
Kid's mother: That's the last horror movie I take you to, young man!
Linkara: Okay, (holds up index finger) one, what horror movies in 1962 featured guys climbing the side of a building? (holds up two fingers) Two, is that how jaded you are, lady? You won't even look and confirm that your son is lying before you just assume he's making it up?
Linkara (v/o): Anyway, Peter reaches the top and grabs a steel pipe on the roof, crushing it.
Peter: It's the spider! It has to be!
(Cut to a clip of Superman: The Animated Series)
Alfred: And I thought Batman was the detective.
(Cut back to the comic)
Peter: Somehow--in some miraculous way, his bite has transferred his own power-- to me!
Linkara (v/o): Yes, the power of an arachnid, smaller than the palm of your hand that was killed by radiation poisoning that anyone could crush effortlessly. Anyway, Peter realizes he has to think about what to do with this incredible power. Within minutes, he spots a wrestling event: "$100 to the man who can stay in the ring three minutes with..."
(Cut to a clip of the Spider-Man, showing...)
Bonesaw McGraw (Randy Savage): Bonesaw is READY!
(Cut back to the comic)
Linkara (v/o): Nah, actually, it's a guy named Crusher Hogan. A little trivia note: they actually gave Crusher Hogan a complex and sympathetic backstory, and had him fighting alongside Spidey for an issue against some thugs at a gym he worked at. Peter quickly puts together a makeshift outfit to wear for the event, even discarding his glasses.
Linkara: I guess he didn't actually need them; you just receive dorky glasses when you become a nerd.
Linkara (v/o): So, yeah, Peter is brought up and manages to evade and use his superior strength to defeat Crusher Hogan.
Peter: It works! I have the speed, the agility, the very strength of a gigantic spider!
Linkara: (as Peter) Let me LOUDLY announce all this to the audience!
Linkara (v/o): A TV producer spots Peter and offers him the chance to make more money on TV doing his act. Naturally, he doesn't ask to see what he looks like under the mask, because it's not like you'd have to sign a contract or something with his real name and proof of identity or something like that. Anyway, later on, we see Peter starting to design his proper costume. He's still loudly narrating to himself, so much so that I'm shocked that Aunt May and Uncle Ben don't hear him immediately as they enter his room.
Peter: Oh, hi, Aunt May!
(Cut to a clip of The Room)
Johnny (Tommy Wiseau): Oh, hi, Denny.
(Back to the comic again)
Aunt May: You looked a little tired, Petey, so we brought you some crackers and milk!
Peter: Crackers and milk! Bless 'em...
(Cut to a clip of the MST3K gang watching a Gumby cartoon: Robot Rumpus)
Tom Servo: Crackers? Wow! Maybe they can have white rice later!
(Back to the comic again)
Linkara (v/o): We also see Peter create the web-shooters and try on the costume for the first time.
Peter: I'll need a name--well, guess Spiderman [sic] is as good as any!
Linkara: There you have it, folks: the creation of an iconic name for generations to come. It's as good as any.
Peter: (now as Spider-Man) So, they laughed at me for being a bookworm, eh? Well, only a science major could have created a device like this!
Linkara: (as Peter) Suck it, English majors!
Spider-Man: With some strong liquid cement at the end, I can pull myself up anywhere with my little web!
Linkara (v/o): Uh, from the quick research I did, liquid cement is used to fill up cracks in driveways, not to suspend 150-pound humans from ceilings. I don't think it works like that. Oh, and the story is divided into parts, even though it's one continuous story interrupted by one page of advertisements, so now we're in part 2.
Narrator: Now anybody with the intelligence of a seven year old knows that if a man appeared on TV who seemed to be more spider than human, he'd be an overnight sensation!
Linkara: Unless they thought it was special effects or something.
Narrator: Especially when his feats were performed without the help of trick photography!
Linkara: If the TV says that, it must be true!
Linkara (v/o): But yeah, Spidey performs a few tricks and impresses everybody, with tons of people wanting appearances by him or an interview with the like. When he finally gets clear of them, he sees a thief running down the hall, chased by a policeman. Spidey lets him go by and into an express elevator, which, of course, the guy narrates to himself about out loud.
Policeman: What's with you, mister?? All you hadda do was trip him, or hold him just for a minute!
Spider-Man: Sorry, pal! That's your job! I'm thru being pushed around --by anyone!
Linkara: Doesn't that mean he should have pushed the thief, thus displaying his superiority?
Linkara (v/o): And yeah, another "thru" spelled like that, so I guess it was a space-saving thing with word balloons, since this was all done by hand back in the day.
Spider-Man: From now on I just look out for number one --that means--ME!
Policeman: I oughtta run you in--
Spider-Man: Save your breath, buddy! I've got things to do!
Linkara: (as Spider-Man) Haven't you heard? (camera zooms in close to him) I'm a science major!
(Cut briefly to a clip of the opening of C.S.I.: Miami (set to The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again"), before cutting back to the again)
Linkara (v/o): A few hours later, Peter receives a gift from the angelic duo of his aunt and uncle: a microscope that he's always wanted.
Peter: You're the greatest family any fella ever had!
Linkara: (as Peter) I sure hope neither of you dies in a fit of tragic irony!
Linkara (v/o): So, time passes, and Spidey continues to be adored by the people of the world. However, one night, Peter returns home to find a police car in front of his house. The officer explains that a burglar broke in and shot his uncle, but also that they've cornered the burglar at the old Acme warehouse at the waterfront.
Linkara: The Acme warehouse?! My God! He has access to the advanced technology of Wile E. Coyote!
Linkara (v/o): Peter runs into his house and changes into his Spider-Man gear.
Peter: I know the old Acme warehouse! It's been deserted for years! A killer could hold off an army in that gloomy, old place!
Linkara: An old, abandoned warehouse? No army could ever hope to penetrate (holds up fist) such a fortress!
(Cut to the usual clip of Patton)
Patton: (looking out through a pair of binoculars) You magnificent bastard, I READ YOUR BOOK!
(Back to the comic again)
Linkara (v/o): Spidey swings to the warehouse, the police flabbergasted on how to enter without being picked off. Okay, fair enough, SWAT didn't come about until 1968, but you'd think they'd have procedures for this sort of situation. Inside, the burglar plans his escape.
Burglar: All I gotta do is hold 'em off till the moon goes down, then I oughtta be able to slip away in the dark!
Linkara: Yes, escape under the cover of... police siren lights.
Linkara (v/o): Spider-Man comes down from above, webbing up his gun and then punching him out. The blow knocks off the guy's hat and reveals his face. And in this shocking turn of events, it's...
Spider-Man: (shocked) The fugitive who ran past me! The one I didn't stop when I had the chance! (the Shock Horror sting plays) Spidey leaves the burglar on a web outside for the police to grab and goes off to contemplate what has transpired.
Peter: My fault--all my fault! If only I had stopped him when I could have! But I didn't--and now--Uncle Ben--is dead...
Linkara: (as Peter) Oh, my God! My life has become an episode of Tales From the Crypt!
Narrator: And a lean, silent figure slowly fades into the gathering darkness, aware at last that in this world, with great power there must also come--great responsibility!
Linkara: Remember the moral lesson here, kids: never use anything special or unique about yourselves for your own personal gain, or your loved ones will suffer horribly. (smiles)
Linkara (v/o): This story is classic, but of course, the writing is dated. However, it's a damn good origin story, and not much has changed over the years, save for little bits and details added here and there. Overall, the story holds up even after all this time. Not really anything else to say about it.
Linkara: Come back next week, though, when Secret Origins Month continues with even more loved ones dying! (puts down comic, gets up and leaves)
(End credits roll to the theme of the original Spider-Man cartoon series)
Yelling "Crushing Hogan is ready" just doesn't have the same ring to it, does it?
The fascinating world of atomic science. It's fascinating.
(Stinger: A panel of Peter Parker becoming Spider-Man is shown)
Spider-Man: So, they laughed at me for being a bookworm, eh? Well, only a science major could have created a device like this!
(Cut to a clip of Ghostbusters)
Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray): Back off, man, I'm a scientist.
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||Miller Time: All-Star Batman and Robin 9 · Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters 2 · Trouble 1 · Comic Book Quickies 4 · PSA Hell: Energy and Safety with the Justice League · Youngblood 7 · ROMTROSPECTIVE: ROM Spaceknight 1-40 · ROMTROSPECTIVE: ROM Spaceknight 41-75 · The Star Wars 1 · Batman: Jazz 3 · Mr. T and the T-Force 3 · Big Bang Presents 3: Protoplasman! · Crimson 1 · Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines (RPG Game) · Titans: Scissors, Paper, Stone · PSA Hell: Batman: Shadow of the Bat 57 · Comic Book Quickies 5 · Avengers Assemble Featuring Captain Citrus 1 · Doctor Who/Star Trek: The Next Generation: Assimilation Squared · My Cage · The Punisher 60 · The Punisher 61 & 62 · Steam Wars · Ultimate Power 1-2 · Homestuck, Act 1 · Atomic Robo, Vol. 3 · Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating Superman · Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating Batman · Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating Wonder Woman · Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating The Flash · Zyuranger Episodes 17-22 · Tandy Computer Whiz Kids: The Computer Trap · Trouble 2 · Pokémon Reburst, Chapter 1 · Green Lantern 23.1 · Team Youngblood 1 · US-1 5 · The Star Wars 2 · Power Man and Iron Fist 79 · Nightmares on Elm Street 1-2 · Nightmares on Elm Street 3-4 · Nightmares on Elm Street 5-6 · Spider-Man: Virtual Mortality · More Fun Comics 73 · Daredevil 1 · Action Comics 252 · Tales of Suspense 52 · Atop the Fourth Wall: The Movie, Part 1 · Atop the Fourth Wall: The Movie, Part 2 · Atop the Fourth Wall: The Movie, Part 3 · Atop the Fourth Wall: The Movie, Part 4 · Atop the Fourth Wall: The Movie, Part 5 · Deadpool Bi-Annual 1 · Cho Dengeki Stryker · Zombies Christmas Carol 1-3 · Zombies Christmas Carol 4-5 · Another 15 Missed Opportunities of AT4W
||NFL SuperPro Special Edition 1 · Popeye: Borned to the Sea 1 · OnStar Batman Auto Show Special Edition 1 · Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters 3 · The Star Wars 3 · Youngblood 8 · All-Star Batman and Robin 10 · Pokémon Adventures Ch. 1-2 · Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger Episodes 1-5 · Blue-Skying, Part 1: Blue Beetle Dan Garrett · Blue-Skying, Part 2: Blue Beetle Ted Kord · Blue-Skying, Part 3: Blue Beetle Jaime Reyes · Blue-Skying, Part 4: Blue Beetle Jaime Reyes New 52 · Star Trek Special: Flesh and Stone · Blackest Night 1-8 · Dart 1 · Batman: Shadow of the Bat 58 · The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky · Ultimate Power 3 · Star Trek: The Next Generation 3 · Comic Book Quickies 6 · 400th Episode · 400th Episode: Part 2 · Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man · Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day 1 · Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day 2 · Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day 3 · 15 Things Wrong With Marvel's Civil War · Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1 · The Minister of Chance · US-1 6 · Star Trek: Voyager 1 · Unsounded, Chapter 1 · Biggles and the Menace from Space · Batman and Robin: The Official Comic Adaptation · Superman and the TRS-80 Computer Whiz Kids: Victory by Computer · Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War · My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic 27-28 · Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Ch. 1 · Pryde of the X-Men · A Nightmare on Elm Street: Paranoid 1 · A Nightmare on Elm Street: Paranoid 2 · A Nightmare on Elm Street: Paranoid 3 · Spider-Man: Cyberwar · The Real Ghostbusters in Ghostbusters II 1-3 · Strange Tales 110 · More Fun Comics 73: Aquaman · Tales of Suspense 57 · All-Star Comics 3 · My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic 2015 Holiday Special · Ghostbusters: Past, Present, and Future · Elvira's House of Mystery Special 1 · Another 15 Screw-Ups of AT4W
||Digimon: Digital Monsters 1 · Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl 1-6 · Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 · Trouble 3 · The Star Wars 4 · Spectacular Spider-Man Episode 1x10 - "Persona" · Youngblood 9 · The A-Team 2 · The Batman/Superman Movie: World's Finest · See You Next Mirror: Exiles Retrospective, Part 1 · See You Next Mirror: Exiles Retrospective, Part 2 · Reagan's Raiders 1 · Fist of the North Star, Ch. 1 · Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters 4 · Iron Man: The Animated Series - The Wedding of Iron Man · Athena 3 · Batman: The Dark Knight 1-3 · The New Teen Titans Anti-Drug Giveaway 2 · Crisis on Infinite Earths · Secret Wars (1984) · The Infinity Gauntlet · Flashpoint · Babylon 5 1 · The Star Wars 5 · All-New Ghost Rider, Volume 2 · Robocop vs. the Terminator 2 · Superman vs. the Terminator 2 · Tandy Computer Whiz Kids: News By Computer Foils Kidnappers · Ultimate Power 4 · Delicious in Dungeon, Vol. 1 · Batman: Odyssey 1 · Asterix: The Legionary · Comic Book Quickies 7 · JoJo's Bizarre Adventures Episodes 1-4 (2012-2013 series) · Thunderbirds Are Go · Batman: The Official Movie Adaptation · Ultimate Iron Man Vol. 1 1-2 · My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic 11-12 · Stormwatch 0 · A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Beginning 1-2 · A Nightmare on Elm Street: Fearbook · New Line Cinema's Tales of Horror 1 · The Sensational Spider-Man 0 · Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash · Marvel Comics 1 · Brave and the Bold 28 · Kamen Rider Fourze Episodes 1-4 · Clive Barker's Hellraiser Dark Holiday Special · Sensation Comics 14: The Story of Fir Balsam · Steam Wars Holiday Special · Christmas with the Superheroes 2
||My Top 15 Favorite Episodes of AT4W · Legion of Superheroes: The Great Darkness Saga · James Bond, Jr. 1 · JLA/Avengers · Homestuck, Act 2 · Isaac Asimov's I-Bots 1 · Thunderstrike 1 · Youngblood 10 · Badrock 1A · Event Comics Month II: Infinite Crisis · Event Comics Month II: Infinity War · Event Comics Month II: World War Hulk · Event Comics Month II: Final Crisis · Power Rangers Turbo vs. Beetleborgs Metallix 1 · Diesel 1 · Teen Titans: "Betrayal" and "Aftershock, Parts 1 and 2" · The Punisher: Purgatory · Comic Book Quickies 8 · 500th Episode · Dark Knight III: The Master Race 1-2 · Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating Green Lantern · The New Guardians 3 · US-1 7 · Nova Girls: Space 34-24-34 · Batman: Odyssey 2 · Star Wars 3-D 2 · Pokémon - The Electric Tale of Pikachu 3 · PSA Hell: Captain America Meets the Asthma Monster · Superman and Spider-Man · Amazing Cow Heroes 4: Cold Cuts · Ravage 2099 2 · Adventures of the Kool-Aid Man 2 · Tandy Computer Whiz Kids: Safeguarding the Environment · Mr. T and the T-Force 4 · Star Trek 2 (DC) · Star Trek (2009): The Official Motion Picture Adaptation · Star Trek: The Next Generation 4 · Star Trek 1 (Gold Key) · Silent Hill: Hunger · The Thing: The Northern Nightmare · Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors · Spider-Man: Smoke and Mirrors · Hellraiser: Hell on Earth · Fantastic Four 52 · Marvel Comics 1 (The Human Torch) · The Incredible Hulk 181 · The New Mutants 98 · Batman Returns: The Official Comic Adaptation · The Punisher: Red X-Mas · Star Wars: The Force Awakens Comic Adaptation · Luke Cage, Hero for Hire 7
||Yet Another 15 Missed Opportunities of AT4W · Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters 5 · Batman/Aliens 1 · Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel · Pokémon 15x19-20 "Cilan Takes Flight" and "An Amazing Aerial Battle" · Tomb Raider Vol. 3: Queen of Serpents · Little Victory: Chimera 1 · Youngblood 0 · Kickers, Inc. 1 · The Savage Dragon 1 · Darkwing Duck 1-4 · The California Raisins 3-D 5 · Hellstar Remina, Ch. 1-3 · Gallery of Horrors · Batman: The Dark Knight 16-17 · Tremors · Ultimate Power 5-6 · Batman Forever: The Official Comic Adaptation · Street Fighter: The Official Comic Adaptation · Catwoman: The Official Comic Adaptation · Dune: The Official Comic Adaptation · Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Movie Special · Justice is Silent: Cassandra Caintrospective, Part 1 · Justice is Silent: Cassandra Caintrospective, Part 2 · Justice is Silent: Cassandra Caintrospective, Part 3 · US-1 8 · Tandy Computer Whiz Kids: Community Action Program · Captain America Goes to War Against Drugs · Comic Book Swimsuit Issues · Batman 45-47: The Gift · Star Trek: The Next Generation 5 · The A-Team 3 · JoJo's Bizarre Adventures Episodes 5-9 · Trouble 4 · Franken Fran, Ch. 1 and 4 · Youngblood: Judgment Day · Teen Titans 27-28 · Clive Barker's Hellraiser 1 · Clive Barker's Hellraiser Summer Special · Clive Barker's Hellraiser Spring Slaughter · Spider-Man: The Exile Returns · Detective Comics 225 (Martian Manhunter) · Batman: Harley Quinn 1 · DC Comics Presents 26 · The Flash 123 · Evil Dead 2: A Merry Deadmite X-Mas · Transformers (UK) 145 · The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold 14 · Star Wars: The Last Jedi Comic Adaptation
||Top 15 Dumbest Evil Plans of AT4W · Batman/Aliens 2 · Star vs. the Forces of Evil: Deep Trouble 1-4 · Megamind · Revolution · Superman vs. Muhammad Ali · Hellstar Remina, Ch. 4-6 · Youngblood: Strikefile 1 · Comic Book Quickies 9 · Black Panther, Vol. 4 1-6 · Batman: Odyssey 3 · Justice League/Mighty Morphin Power Rangers · The Champions, Vol. 3 1-4: Beat the Devil · Star Trek vs. Transformers · Athena 4 · Daredevil: Born Again · Action Comics 775 · Comic Book Quickies 10 · 600th Episode · Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Comic Adaptation · Star Wars: Attack of the Clones Comic Adaptation · Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Comic Adaptation · Star Wars: Rogue One Comic Adaptation · DC Challenge! 1 · Kyoryu Sentai Zyurangers Episodes 40-43 · Trouble 5 · Dan Dare: Voyage to Venus · Superman 358 · Zero Hour: Crisis in Time · House of M · Secret Empire · Heroes in Crisis · Animax 1 · Ninjutsu 1-2 · Green Goblin 1-2, 4, 8, 12-13 · US-1 9 · Emergency! 1 · Mr. T and the T-Force 5 · Pinhead 1-3 · Pinhead 4-6 · Pinhead vs. Marshal Law · Spider-Man: Web of Life · Marvel Super-Heroes 12 (Captain Marvel) · The Flash 110 · The Amazing Spider-Man 129 · Awesome Comics Holiday Special · Transformers (UK) 41 · Solo: A Star Wars Story Comic Adaptation
||Yet Another 15 Screw-Ups of AT4W · Star Trek Book and Record Set: Dinosaur Planet · DC Challenge! 2 · The Mighty Heroes 1 · Justice League 1x01-3: Secret Origins · The Star Wars 6 · The King of Braves GaoGaiGar Ep. 1-4 · Youngblood: Strikefile 2 · Pokémon 15×01-02: "Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader" & "Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym" · Stanley and his Monster 1-4 · Marvel Than Meets the Eye: The Transformers 1-40 · Marvel Than Meets the Eye: Transformers 41-80 · Marvel Than Meets the Eye: Generation 2 and Regeneration One · Star Trek 9 (Gold Key) · Star Trek/Legion of Superheroes · Mystery Science Theater 3000 1 · Batman: The Dark Knight Returns · Ultimate Power 7-8 · Batman: The Dark Knight 23.4 · Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating Aquaman · Sword Interval: Flashback Arc · PSA Hell: The Amazing Spider-Man: Riot at Robotworld · Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Ultimate Edition) · Transformers/Ghostbusters: Ghosts of Cybertron · The New Guardians 4 · Codename: Ninja 1 · Batman: Hush · Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger Ep. 15-16 · Mr. T and the T-Force 6 · Doom’s IV 1 · Batman and Elmer Fudd & Catwoman and Sylvester and Tweety · Batman: Odyssey 4 · The Dresden Files: Storm Front, Vol. 1 · US-1 10 · Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters 6 · DC Challenge! 3 · Marvel Super Special 1: KISS · The Ring, Vol. 1 · The Ring, Vol. 2 · Spider-Man: Web of Death · Detective Comics 359 · The X-Men 4 · Batman 1 · Spider-Man Holiday Special 1995 · The Adventures of Chrissie Claus 1 · Christmas Quickies 1 · Still Another 15 Missed Opportunities of AT4W
||Ultimate Power 9 · The Adventures of Superboy 3x05-06 and 4x07-08 · Batman: The Killing Joke Adaptation · Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating the JLA · Chew: Poyo Character Focus · Youngblood: Strikefile 3 · Doctor Who: Logopolis · Armageddon 2001 · Secret Invasion · Civil War II · Dark Nights: Metal · The Star Wars 7 · Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle and Whisper
||AT4W 2009 Trailer · Linkara's Take on Watchmen · Watchmen Review · Theme Song Contest · The Spoony Experiment: Warrior #1 · Theme Song Contest Winner! · Blackest Night · Silent Hill: Dying Inside Trailer · Silent Hill Alternate Endings · AT4W & Spoony: Experiment Warrior 2-3 · October 2010 Trailer · Silent Hill: Dead/Alive Review Alternate Endings · The Live Show! · AT4W Story Recap · October 2011 Trailer · Return of AT4W Live! · Revenge of the AT4W Live! · Southland Tales · Curse of AT4W Live · House of AT4W Live! · Ghost of AT4W LIVE! · October 2012 Trailers · Bride of AT4W Live! · Son of AT4W Live! · Night of AT4W Live! · Day of AT4W Live! · Dawn of AT4W Live! · Land of AT4W Live! · Diary and Survival of AT4W Live! · Power of AT4W Live! · Midnight of AT4W Live! · Planet of AT4W LIVE! · Genesis of AT4W LIVE! · 300th Episode Livestream Recordings · Destiny of AT4W LIVE! · Resurrection of AT4W LIVE! · Revelation of AT4W Live! · Remembrance of AT4W LIVE! · The New 52 · Atop the Fourth Wall: The Movie, Part 1 · Atop the Fourth Wall: The Movie, Part 2 · Atop the Fourth Wall: The Movie, Part 3 · Atop the Fourth Wall: The Movie, Part 4 · Atop the Fourth Wall: The Movie, Part 5