Several blogs commented yesterday on a retailer panic over SPIDER-MAN REIGN: #1 by Kaare Andrews, which contained a panel of a sad, old Peter Parker thinking about saltines with a sad, shriveled pecker clearly visible. (Marvel claimed it was a shadow — of its former self, yes.) We’ve reproduced the panel here with a modesty patch, but you can click on it for the FULL FILTHY ORIGINAL.
While such a small matter would seem to be of little interest, retailers were alarmed–as the Gordon Lee case shows, there is nothing more offensive to American values than the sight of a pee-pee. One admires Andrews dedication to the truth, but perhaps a Spider-Man comic was not the place to exercise it. Marvel explained that the wrong files were sent out, has made the issue returnable, and a variant no-penis edition will be shipped out.
For a real idea of The Truth Is Out There, you can go here. We’re supplied a bowlderizer version of what to expect for the faint of heart. Link NOT SAFE FOR WORK. Repeat, NOT SAFE FOR WORK. Or sanity.