I feel compelled to share my own story of the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ride.
Some context though.
For me living in England America was this amazing magical larger than life place where all my favourite characters lived including Spider-Man. so the idea that there was an actual Spider-Man ride was the most mind blowing thing. But when it first opening up in 1999 the idea that I’d ever see it was like a pipe dream because not only was it faaaaaaaaaaaar away but we also couldn’t afford a trip to America. These were the days before airline flights became cheaper and we were also staying at my Grandmother’s house whilst we fixed up the dump we’d bought so we really had no money for that no matter how much i wanted to go.
But in 2001 my childhood dreams came true and we took a family holiday to Florida. The whole trip blew my mind because I was actually in the place where all the movies and TV shows I’d ever seen were set. I saw actual legit original Spider-Man comics on sale, not UK reprints or anything like that!
And I was hyped as shit for the ride. Before we entered though I of course met all the superhero characters and got my picture taken with Spider-Man and his autograph. My mother even asked him how Mary Jane was to which Spidey responded:
“You’d have to ask Peter Parker about that”
We got on the ride and notonly was it awesome basically seeing a whole new Spider-Man cartoon but it was my first exposure to Scream, the symbiote character featured in the ride. She was one of Venom’s ‘spwans’ from the Lethal protector series. This was also amazing since being a chld of the 90s symbiotes were my crack.
So we finally got on the ride after a long ass queue and...it broke down halfway through. We were like spinning in mid-air when everything came to a halt. My uncle looked like he was gonna have a heart attack right then and there. Then he almost did when the ride abruptly started again and a goddam flamethrower went off. When the ride was over we convinced the people in charge to give us another go on the ride as compensation.
When we finally excited there was a Green Goblin statue at the exit leading into the gift shop and I of course wanted my picture taken with him until he began to move and scared the crap out of me. Still I asked him for his autograph and he obliged after plonking him pumpkin bomb bean bag on my head.
Then we got to the gift shop.
Again gotta stress this, for me as a kid who’d NEVER been inside a real collectors or comic shop before and only imagined so much comic book and spider-man merchandise in one place at one time, including stuff I never thought I’d lay eyes on (remember this was before the internet became what it is today and I’d rarely ever used it) I was basically a kid in a candy shop.
I got myself a sweet ass Green Goblin action figure as well as a black costume action figure from the original Spider-Man Classics line of toys. This was another big deal for me. Like I said asa child of the 1990s symbiotes, Venom and the black costume was the absolute coolest things to me. But I’d never ever been able to get myself a black costume or Venom toy. But now I had and not only was it like an all round great action figure but it came with a reprint of ASM #252 meaning I got the privilege of reading the debut of the costume itself, which was in my child mind like a lost treasure.
I also picked up a trade of Kraven’s Last Hunt and Spider-Man Torment and a trade called Spider-Man’s Greatest foes which was an anthology. I still remember it getting dark as we walked through the theme parks and me reading the former story whenever we stopped and being utterly engrossed. Though I can appreciate now Torment is a bad story, for me back then I similarly fell in love with it as I poured over McFarlane’s gorgeous art at the dinner table and stuff. The Greatest Foes trade was also pretty awesome. I was already reading the comics by that point but I hadn’t read too much of the stuff before the 1990s so this trade was a great eclectic mix that gave you a fun flavour for Spider-Man’s history.
It had the debut of Mysterio, a Romita Kingpin issue from the Stone Tablet storyline, another Romita issue (I think ASM #82 or something) featuring Electro, a Steven Butler Carnage annual, ASM #316 with McFarlane’s Venom, the absolute classic ASM #12 and my personal favourite...Hobgoblin vs Drunk Spider-Man!
In the comic shop next door I also picked up my first ever issue of Spider-Girl and it was a good one too, Spider-Girl #10 where she went back in time to meet her Dad when he was a teenager.
Every Christmas from 2002-2006 onwards we went back to Florida pretty much every year and I made it a tradition to go on the Spider-Man ride every time and it was an amazing experience year in and year out.
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