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July 3, 2013

Susan asks…

Why did the creators of the Spider-man comic not give him the ability to shoot webs?

As we all know Spider-man can’t shoot webs on his own (unlike the Tobey Macguire spiderman) why did the creators decide not to give spider man that ability originally? I think it would have been better if he had the innate ability to shoot webs like the Tobey movies.

Anyone know why?

Administrator answers:

The problem with Superman is he has only one weakness, so in order for there to be any reasonable way to put him in danger, that weakness has to be brought into play. But bringing that weakness into play over and over eventually becomes an unreasonable plot line in and of itself. It was a problem with DC characters of that era (early 1960s)…they were just too damn invulnerable.

When Stan Lee and Jack Kirby began creating characters for Marvel, they deliberately decided to give them a whole raft of weaknesses, both overt and subtle, both personal and professional. Spider-Man running out of web fluid for his mechanical web-shooters probably seemed like a great weakness to occasionally exploit.

And I beg to differ with another responder here, but I’m pretty sure the original incarnation of Spider-Man by Lee and Ditko could NOT shoot webs from his body. Rather than dig through my old collection of comics to verify this point, I looked it up on Wikipedia:

“In Forest Hills, Queens, New York City, high school student Peter Parker is a science-whiz orphan living with his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. As depicted in Amazing Fantasy #15 (Aug. 1962), he is bitten by a radioactive spider (erroneously classified as an insect in the panel) at a science exhibit and ‘acquires the agility and proportionate strength of an arachnid.’ Along with super strength, he gains the ability to adhere to walls and ceilings. THROUGH HIS NATIVE KNACK FOR SCIENCE, HE DEVELOPS A GADGET THAT LETS HIM FIRE ADHESIVE WEBBING OF HIS OWN DESIGN THROUGH SMALL, WRIST-MOUNTED BARRELS [emphasis added].”

Donna asks…

Bar in nyc to watch the ravens games?

I am looking for a bar in nyc (specifically queens if possible) to watch the ravens games this season. I just moved to forest hills from MD and want to find a good bar for the games.

Thank yall

Administrator answers:

From Maryland myself. Check around your neighborhood bars to see if they carry the NFL ticket. A lot of establishments pick up the package and will have the games on, or will be able to put on the game you want to see.

Here is a map of Sports bars in Queens( )

Chris asks…

What is a good tv series to start watching on netflix ?

I’m currently watching The Legend of the Seeker and it’s almost over :/
I’ve watched One Tree Hill, Lost , The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries, Prision Break etc. But i’m looking for a story that is different meaning al little bit of everything specially a little romance like example legend of the seeker and lost,

Administrator answers:

Two of the Lost writers (Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis) that were there for all 6 seasons are now the main writers on the new show Once Upon a Time. It’s similar to Lost in that half the episode shows a character’s past in fairytale world, and half it shows them now in our world, stuck in Storybrooke. It has a lot of small nods to Lost, the time 8:15 in the first episode and the finale also made it a Lost reference and also Once Upon a Time’s own unique part of a cliffhanger. An Oceanic plane, Geronimo Jackson, etc. The nods are there if you know where to look but nothing too big, so that you won’t miss anything if you don’t know Lost.

And just watching it you can see the two shows share some things in the way they’re told, even though they are totally different topics. It’s not on Lost level yet, but for a show with only one Season so far, it’s really good and could get to that level if handled properly in a few seasons.

For the most part in keeps true to the fairytales we already know, but the cool part is Once Upon a Time shows us we only know parts of the “real” story of the characters. The ways they alter the characters stories in fairytale world from what we know is nice to see play out, but so is the way they show them transferred into our world with all their strongest qualities taken away, but we can still tell deep down they are the same person.

Also, it has messages about how even though these characters (mostly) don’t have magic powers anymore, they are still capable of being who they were deep down inside. And the end of the first season makes it clear the strongest magic is actually true love that all people in this world can feel, it’s not just part of a story. One of the themes of the show is hope, even in the worst circumstances.

Plus the cast is really great, and the show gives plenty of nods to the traditional tales but the new elements to them are really fun to watch.

Basic start of the plot:
It starts off with the typical Snow White ending, Prince Charming’s kiss wakes her up and they go have a wedding. But there is an uninvited guest, the Evil Queen is still alive. She promises to destroy the happiness of everyone in the Enchanted Forest.

Rumpelstiltskin makes a deal and tells the EQ how to activate a dark curse, but warns her if she does she’ll always be empty inside. She activates it anyway, a year after the wedding by killing the one person she still loves, her father Henry. Rumpelstiltskin also warns Snow and Charming of the curse, and it can only be broken by their daughter starting on her 28th birthday. The curse hits the same day Snow gives birth, Charming sends their baby girl Emma magically away and is wounded by the EQ’s knights. The EQ laughs at Snow and an unconscious Charming, saying they’re about to go somewhere horrible, and it’s her happy ending.

Our world: On her 28th birthday Emma Swan is shocked to find the boy she gave up for adoption 10 years ago has found her, his name is Henry. He’s lives in Storybrooke Maine, a small town where he claims everyone there is a fairytale character from his book. The woman that adopted him is Mayor Regina Mills, who he says is the Evil Queen who activated a curse and stole the happy endings form everyone and only Emma can fix it all.

Henry tells her nobody can leave the town, and have been trapped there, ageless, for 28 years with screwed up memories, having no idea they’re really fairytale characters. And everyone is miserable deep down but don’t know why. Emma decides to stay after realizing Henry needs her help. (She thinks he’s a troubled kid because of Regina, and wants him to work through his “fantasies”). She becomes close friends with his teacher, Mary Margret. (Snow White).

Each episode focuses on one sometimes two characters in Storybrooke, while showing their fairytale lives in flashbacks. Other than Snow White’s story, there is Rumplestitlskin, Jimmny Cricket, Red Riding Hood, Hansel & Gretel, Belle, and Cinderella to name a few. They all tie to Snow/Charming/Emma/Evil Queen/Rumplestiltskin somehow. Their is also more plans to bring in different fairytales as the show goes on. Most of the stories are told in a new way, like the Genie and the Queen’s Magic Mirror are the same person. There are many kingdoms, it’s not clear how far the curse reached, for instance Wonderland was shown, but as somewhere farther away from the main fairytales.

I like it a lot, it’s pretty good, especially for a show with just one season so far. Season 1 has 22 episodes, and was renewed for a Season 2. The finale seemed to be a real game-changer, it was awesome.

Paul asks…

Where are some places in Queens that are affordable but safe?

I really don’t want to live in a area where i would have to comprimise my safety. And for between 1000-1600 per month

Administrator answers:

I’d recommend Forest Hills. It’s nice, safe and close to Manhattan. If you have a car and don’t need to be as close, then places like Fresh Meadows and Douglaston are nice. If you want to be as close as you can to Manhattan – then I’d recommend Astoria, Sunnyside and parts of Woodside.

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