Ramblings & Reviews

Building Your Own Little Free Library (Unhelpful Edition)

A quick tutorial from Handyman Jim on how to
put together your very own Little Free Library!

I’m purposely skipping over cutting the post and angle braces, as at no point during that whole process did I have a clue to what I was doing.

Two quick bits of advice though…
1: Having a table saw I could borrow from a family member sure was damn helpful regarding building the base.

2: I bought the wrong lag screws. Make sure to buy the right ones (not that I have a clue which ones that would be). And use power tools to secure them if you have weak little arms that aren’t accustomed to lifting more than a pencil and/or wacom stylus.

These are exterior lag screws. Who knew?!
Correct lag screws? Who knows!

Placing the Post in the Ground


Make sure when finding a spot for your Little Free Library that you place it on an incline or small hill, that way you’ll have to dig even farther to make sure the hole’s deep enough.

Also make sure to place it near a large tree so there’s plenty of roots to cut and dig through.

Making More Work for Yourself

Make the decision to personalize your Little Free Library by adding a drawing to be mounted on top that you can’t find time to get to for months.

Check the Weather for a Polar Vortex

Wait until the RealFeel is 25 below and THEN install the Spider-Man drawing on top. That way the wood will be as hard as concrete.

And yes, the two pics indicate a three month lag between library installation and Spider-Man drawing (once again – finding time).

And there you have it – IT’S JUST THAT SIMPLE!
For more helpful hints, find someone who actually knows what they’re doing.

I know I will…

Update: Summer 2018

Spider-Man has taken some wear and tear over the last year and a half. Next time I’ll have to pick up a better piece of wood to paint on, but for now it’s time for some touch-ups.

I also needed to restock. Half Price Books just had a tent sale, so I was able to get a pretty good haul for real cheap.

And we’re officially back in business!

For info on getting your own Little Free Library check out

Artist Spotlight John Romita

John Romita

January 24th is John Romita’s birthday (born 1/24/1930).


To celebrate, here’s just a few of the iconic Spider-Man images he’s drawn over the years, grabbed off the web from ComicArtFans, Heritage, and elsewhere.

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Iconic moment from Amazing Spider-Man #50 (July 1967) used for the 2004 Sam Raimi movie, Spider-Man 2.
Iconic moment from Amazing Spider-Man #50 (July 1967) used for the 2004 Sam Raimi movie, Spider-Man 2.






















A legend in the field (and one of my personal favorites),
here’s wishing John Romita a Happy Birthday!


For more John Romita art, check out…
John Romita – Creating Mary Jane
Holiday Greetings – Stan Lee & John Romita
John Romita Artist Edition Volume 2

Artists - Cartoonists John Romita

Holiday Greetings – Stan Lee & John Romita

When the Spider-Man newspaper strip came out in the late 1970s I was 11 years old. Out came the scrapbook and scissors and I started collecting.

The following are a few of the holiday strips Stan Lee and John Romita did for the strip. Please excuse the slight yellowing that comes with age and rubber cement.

The first is dated 12/18/1977.


The second one is for 12/25/1977 – Christmas day.
This one, which was shot from the original, I found over at


And last but not least…

So remember when Peter was a DJ for Flash Thompson and Harry Osborn’s disco night club, Perdition? This one is from December 24, 1978 – when disco was king.

Amazing Spider-Man - December 24, 1978

I always loved how Stan Lee and John Romita touched base like this in real time on the holidays. It was a great way to connect to the readers.

And with that said – Happy holidays web-slingers all!


John Romita

John Romita Artist Edition Volume 2


Just got this in the mail the other day.

Designed by Randall Dahlk, it’s another home run as far as IDW’s Artist Editions go. Check out Randall Dahlk’s blog for a behind the scenes look.



This particular edition got me to thinking about the time frame that Romita did this work.

The issues in this collection are from around 1972. Jack Kirby has been gone not even two years and Romita is now the go-to guy for Marvel, jumping from Spider-Man to the Fantastic Four to Captain America and then back to Spider-Man…

Amazing Spider-Man #69 - February 1969
Amazing Spider-Man #69 – February 1969

Fantastic Four 103 - October 1970
Fantastic Four #103 – October 1970

Captain America - June 1971
Captain America #138 – June 1971

Amazing Spider-Man #108 -  May 1972
Amazing Spider-Man #108 – May 1972

During this time in the early 1970s, Romita is also doing art direction and handling spot and sequential art on a myriad of other projects.

Aurora Comic Scenes mini-comic drawn in 1973 to go with the model kit it depicts.
Aurora Comic Scenes mini-comic drawn in 1973 to go with the model kit it depicts.

What amazes me about the work spotlighted in this Artist Edition is that you can tell the speed he has to attack these issues because of deadlines (blue line, white out, paste-ups). At that speed you’re walking the high wire without a net, and the artwork is still stellar!

Amazing Spider-Man #114 -  November 1972
Amazing Spider-Man #114 – November 1972

If you’re a Romita fan, than this is definitely a book you want to pick up – I can’t recommend it highly enough.

And if you want to check out more of Romita’s artwork online, be sure to check out Mike Burkey’s web site:


A wealth of Romita art, and where most of the art in this Artist Edition came from!


Ending with a pic of John Romita and his wife Virginia hard at work in the mid-1970s.


Here’s wishing them peaceful deadline free days from here on in!

Ramblings & Reviews

Sins Past – But Not Forgotten

If you may remember from a previous post, I’m not a big fan of the Spider-Man storyline “Sins Past” – where they retcon continuity (the alteration of previously established facts in a fictional work) by having the Green Goblin “do the nasty” with Peter Parker’s beloved, Gwen Stacy.


Since it’s part of Marvel canon over at their Marvel Universe Wiki page, I though I would give the comics in this particular storyline to a team of scientists to gauge just how godawful (in scientific terms) this storyline actually is.

Scientists in protective garb reading "Sins Past."
Scientists in protective garb reading “Sins Past.”

Here are their official, indisputable results…
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Jumpthe Shark

So there you have it.
This is one BAD story.

And really, if you can’t trust the Fonz, who can you trust?