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Thursday, May 10th, 2007
Poor spelling and such has been getting up my nose more than usual lately. I've been adequately suppressing my urge to correct, but I feel the need to point out one thing (which, apparently, I'll be pointing out every time they make a new movie about him) . . ."Spider-Man" has a hyphen.
Superheroes vary widely in their name choices (one word, non-hyphenated: Superman, Batman; two words: Wonder Woman, Iron Man; one word, hyphenated: Giant-Man), and Spidey chose a hyphen.
|Speaking of Comics and Hyphens
So, in the old typewriter days, when you wanted to indicate an em dash — like you find around this brief digression — one accepted practice was to hit the hyphen key twice -- like you find to the left of this
Until fairly recently, most comics were hand-lettered. And yet, whenever there was an em dash in a comic word balloon, caption, etc., it was indicated by two hyphens (famously, in the title of the old Marvel humor comic WHAT THE--?!
). The letterer could have drawn a line of any arbitrary length desired; why use a double-hyphen?
|Spider-Sense . . . Cringing . . .
Yeah, somehow I think this mini-statue of Mary Jane
is just a bit too, umm, what's the word . . . rampantly sexist?
(I think it's the high-altitude thong that really bugs me. Bugged me on Supergirl, too.)
I want the "Mary Jane and Aunt May in Iron Man's old armor from Marvel Knights Spider-Man
#20" action figures.
(Link courtesy superfinemind