August 16, 2023
Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy Jews
Episode 35 - Genesis of the Spider-Verse …With Special Guest Danny Fingeroth
In this episode, we explore the converging and diverging realities of Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse with one of the writers and editors of the Spider-Man comics, Danny Fingeroth. We explore the origins of The Spot, canon events in Marvel and the Torah, and a startling discovery about the film that will make you question if you even saw the same movie that we did!
00:00:57 Introducing Danny Fingeroth
00:02:24 Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
00:05:20 Talking Al Milgrom and his creation: The Spot
00:09:18 Two versions of the same movie?
00:12:32 Two different Genesis stories
00:17:14 More examples of multiple stories
00:22:10 Diverging realties
00:24:30 When has Marvel told two stories?
00:27:20 The Marvel Universe’s canon event
00:29:42 The essentials of a canon event
00:34:38 Making a hero or a villain
00:35:30 Universe 42’s Prowler Theory
00:39:56 Across the Spider-Verse’s Afikomen
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This episode was supported in part by JewCE! (Jewish Comics Experience) which is a full day convention and preview night that brings together fans, creators, and industry professionals to explore the rich history and contributions of diverse Jewish creators and content in the comics medium. JewCE! is created and hosted by the Center for Jewish History in New York City. If you are interested in attending or to learn more, visit jewce.org.
Also visit the Center for Jewish History at cjh.org for new information on the institution and their partners, who are all involved in the upcoming exhibit: the museum and laboratory of the Jewish comics experience, opening in October 2023 at the center for Jewish history.