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Here's a one-hour BBC documentary on Moebius, the French comics artist whose passing we lamented this weekend. The doc, "Moebius Redux: A Life in Pictures," includes interviews with Stan Lee and Jodorowsky.

Moebius – a life in pictures

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Moebius

RIP, French comic artist and illustrator Jean “Moebius” Giraud, who has passed away from cancer at the age of 73. This is a good place to begin learning about his work. His best known film design work is in live-action, like The Abyss, Alien, TRON and The Fifth Element, but he also contributed to a number of animation projects including Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland, Space Jam and Time Masters (below). He was revered in France where they exhibited his comic art with respect and appreciation.

Moebius influenced many people in our industry. I’ve collected some of the animation community’s reactions on Twitter:

[View the story "Moebius Reaction from the Animation Industry" on Storify]

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60’s Spider-Man refers to image macros from stills taken from an old Spider-Man cartoon series, which is infamous due to it’s poor quality animation, writing, and voice acting. The overlaid text typically represents Spider-Man’s absurd internal monologue relating to what action can be seen in the image.

Origin

The images were taken from the Spider-Man animated television series that ran from September 9, 1967 to June 14, 1970. It was jointly produced in Canada (for voice talent) and the United States (for animation) and was the first animated adaptation of the Spider-Man comic book series, created by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko.

The meme on originated on the internet around 2009 after users of /co/ would stream episodes of the show and invite others anon’s to come and watch. The show itself was very low budget. This can be noted by the over-use of stock animation, such as images of Spider-Man swinging across skylines and the focuses on his face. The fact that the show was low budget contributed to the poor animation. Being a poorly animated show, there were tons of funny, awkward, over dramatic and odd poses Spider Man and other characters would strike into at random times during the show. This amused the majority of viewers would in return would post these images on the board after an episode ended, some what like a recap of the funny parts. As time went on and these images were saved and circulated, highly exploitable and funny to look at it wasn’t long until they gained captions and started being used reaction images.

Spread

60’s Spider-Man has seen growing popularity on blog sites such as Tumblr[1][2] since the beginning of April 2011. However, evidence of the meme on the blog site has been noted as early as November of 2010. The earliest evidence of 60’s Spider-Man on Tumblr came from a blog called “Wallopin Websnappers”[3]. The person behind the blog collected over 700 screenshots from the 1967 show and posted a good amount of them individually without captions.

4chan Thread

4chan archive has a /co/ thread from July 19, 2009 titled “Spider-man on his day off”[4] with 153 posts featuring images of Spider-Man with humorous titles that are very similar to the overlaid text found in the image macros.

Notable Examples

Search

Search traffic for “spiderman meme” has seen a significant increase since January, 2011 that may correlate with the resurgence of popularity with the 60’s Spider-Man image macros.

External References

[1] Tumblr – Spiderman Spiderman

[2] Tumblr – Fuck Yeah Spidermemes

[3] Tumblr – Wallopin Websnappers

[4] 4chan archive

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