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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Spider-Verse: Turkish Spider-Man

Spider-Verse is a currently running event in the Spider-Man comics that will involve every* Spider-Man we've ever met, including several Spider-Women and Spider-Girls (not to mention Scarlet Spiders and Spider-Hams and whatnot), and several brand-new versions. The premise is simple: there's a group of people trying to wipe out every Spider character across the multiverse, so all the Spider characters will team up to stop them. This is, of course, a massive event - multimedia even, since it will also feature in the Spider-Man Unlimited video game and the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man - and given the premise, it's only natural that it will add a few entries to this catalog.

*I say "every" because Marvel says "every", but there are a few that won't be showing up, such as Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. (Although see here for more information on that.)

Today's entry is Turkish Spider-Man.

What's that, you say? You didn't know there was a Turkish Spider-Man? That's because there's not. Officially. See, back in the lawless 1970s, there was little movie produced in Turkey called 3 Dev Adam, which translates to "3 Giant Men".

As you might be able to tell from the poster, this movie is about Spider-Man, Captain America, and a luchadore named Santo (who is 100% a real person). What you definitely cannot tell, however, is that Spider-Man is a villain, or that he looks like this:

See, this Spider-Man is a crime lord with a gang (Spider's Gang) who, appropriately enough, has been counterfeiting US dollars. Captain America finds out and is none too pleased, so he teams up with his girlfriend Julia and his favorite wrestler (I'm guessing??) Santo to take down Spider-Man and break up the counterfeiting ring. Unauthorized materials are weird.

Anyway, this Spider-Man showed up in a crowd shot in Spider-Verse #2 (January 2015).

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