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Spiderman and the Hulk: Nostalgia for Grownups

Updated on May 16, 2015

My Spidey-sense is tingling

Who doesn't want to feel like a kid again? I had this Spider-man wallet (or one really similar to it) for several years until the thing literally fell apart. True, I couldn't crawl upon any walls or shoot webs from my wrists (or out of my butt, the way actual spiders do it... have you seen the "Scientifically Accurate Spider-man video yet? Definitely NSFW, but hilarious), nor could I crawl walls any better or activate my spider sense.


Feel like a kid again!

What I could do, however, is whip my awesome Spidey wallet out to pay for stuff, and have whoever was behind me in line (or at the register) invariably stop what they were doing to say, "Cool wallet!" I usually said "thanks" instead of saying, "I know", but... well, I knew. I knew. I knew how awesome this wallet was, and I knew exactly how happy I felt every time I took it out to pay for something... more adult.

This took me back to a time when I obsessed over drawing Spider-man comics after guys like Todd MacFarlane (creator of Spawn, and one of the all time most popular Spidey artists). I would methodically follow the contours of the original artist's drawing, doing something that would seem pretty weird to most other kids, who were going out, getting into trouble (don't get me wrong, I did my fair share of that as well). Spider-man was always a focus.

Spidey wallet challenge

Back to feeling like a kid. I dare you to carry this wallet around for a week and tell me it doesn't make you feel 5 years younger. Seriously, give it a shot. It's thin enough so that you won't be tempted to junk it up with coupons or receipts, or any other crap you know doesn't really belong in a wallet anyway. We all know that wallets are only for 3 things: cash, credit cards, and your driver's licence. And maybe condoms, if appropriate.

My favorite Spider-man movie is part 2, the one with Willem Defoe as the Green Goblin. Or am I thinking of part 1? Either way, that one. Tobey Maguire is a pretty good Peter Parker, although it took some time for him to grow on me. Kiersten Duntz as Mary Jane I could do without, but I guess you can't win 'em all.

But this wallet wins.

Wallet not your thing?

If you like to pretend you're a grown up, and don't want to whip out a Spidey wallet in public (boo, shame on you!), how about something for your home bedroom instead? Here's a "fleece throw", something you could put on your bed or couch whenever you have the right kind of (nerdy) company. I guess this product is technically designed for kids, but why wouldn't you behave like a kid as well?

The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk was another superhero I absolutely worshiped as a kid. I did drawings of the Hulk, pointing to where the biceps and triceps were in my 9 year old artist's script, and envisioned myself growing up to become a weightlifter of some kind (I had no idea that this wasn't really a profession).

Decades later, in 2014, I was fortunate enough to meet Lou Ferrigno, the original Incredible Hulk from the 70s and 80s television show! This was at the Richmond, VA Comic Convention, and there were quite a few celebrity superheroes in attendance, but Lou was the one I wanted to meet. Lou signed my drawing of him (from age 9) and posed for the picture here. This was, suffice it to say, a very happy moment from me (see how squinty my eyes were? those are my happy eyes).

Meeting Lou Ferrigno

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      Andrew Smith 14 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Best picture I've ever been in. Simply amazing achievement.