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Matt Hawes
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DID YOU KNOW?... Burgess Meredith appeared on television with The Amazing Spider-Man BEFORE he took on the role as Penguin on the BATMAN (1966) TV series? Well... sort of! In the first episode of the fourth season of the crime series NAKED CITY, Meredith's character runs to a newsstand and clearly visible in the background is hanging a copy of "Amazing Fantasy" #15, with the first appearance of the Wall-Crawler, himself! Not only that, but if you look even closer, you will see a copy of "Journey Into Mystery" #83, the first appearance of Marvel's Thor! If only the Naked City crew knew what was right there in reach at the newsstand they chose to film at on location! Wow!





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Amusing!

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That's so neat! I love discovering comicbooks in TV shows
and movies.
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This is great! Its amazing too that the director intentionally framed AF 15 in multiple shots, not by accident or a coincidence. 
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Matt Hawes
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It sure seems intentional, though there's absolutely no way that the director could know how significant that comics would be in later years. Maybe he liked the image?

Interesting to note, as I did when I looked at the screen grabs I made from that scene: The position of the comics actually change somewhat. At the very end, when Burgess runs off, there is the briefest second where you can see the comics again. The AF next to the "Journey Into Mystery" seems to be missing.



I wonder... since it seems obvious the filming was not on a set, and that was likely a real, operational newsstand, did the comic sell in between takes?



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That is super cool, Matt!
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Wow, I never realized those two iconic books came out in the same month!

Looks like that's Flintstones #6 (Dell) hanging there in the second pic.
It came out a month earlier.

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And this is the comic behind that Flintstones issue:


Edited to add: I think there might be a second copy on the left behind Journey into Mystery.



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In addition to AF and JiM, this issue also came out that month:



In this scene the copy of AF has been moved to a different position (or there was a second copy). This might explain why it's missing from Matt's second screen-grab.


I think this is the comic on the far left is but I'm drawing a blank as to what the other one is.


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.. and then the comic books were sent to Jane Wyatt, who promptly burned
them all to a crisp.




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Posted: 21 August 2020 at 4:02pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

I think this is the one behind the AF #15:



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 Tim O'Neill wrote:
..... and then the comic books were sent to Jane Wyatt, who promptly burned
them all to a crisp...

I am still heartbroken about that. Sniff.



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