The "Spectacular" Spider-Man, From Page to Cel: The Process of Motion Projection in the Adaptation of Spider-Man and Venom from Comic Book to Animation

By Raymond Ernest Whitcher.

Published by The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts

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The intention of this paper is to analyse the implicit and perpetuated motion present in Comic Books and Animation as media, respectively, and to break down the incumbent techniques in the adaptation from a seemingly static medium to one that is articulated. The Marvel Comics’ character Spider-Man will be used as the subject of the analysis due to his deeply ingrained history in comics, making him a readily identifiable character. The motion present in both media will be demonstrated by a close, in-depth analysis of the relationship between issue #1 of "Ultimate Spider-Man" (2009) and Episode 13: “Nature vs. Nurture of the ‘Spectacular Spider-Man’” animated series, with summative conclusions to follow.

Keywords: Kinetic Visual Projection, Implied and Articulated Motion, Comic Books, Spider-Man and Venom, Animation

The International Journal of New Media, Technology and the Arts, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.45-54. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 412.686KB).

Raymond Ernest Whitcher

Lecturer in Multimedia Design and Illustration, Graphic Design and Multimedia, Greenside Design Center College of Design, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

I have always had an enormous passion for comic books and animation, which has extended to both my career as a lecturer in Multimedia Design as well as in my studies. I graduated as a Master of Digital Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a specialisation in Animation and Comics. Not only do I study comics, but I also illustrate them on a professional basis as well as animate for various clients.