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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/ 1/2009

The Riff: Younger Spidey--and the Amazing Mark Trail?

By Michael Cavna

In this excrutiating era of downsizing in the newspaper cartooning world, it seems the time has come for one obvious change.

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My modest proposal: A single artist could now draw the characters of both Mark Trail and "Spider-Man's" Peter Parker.


P-shaw, you say. That's far-fetched. Really? Then just take a closer look at the two men:

Dark, striking eyebrows? Check.
Chiseled, all-American chin? Double-check?
Slim-n-trim physique? Yessir.
Telltale swirl-curl swooping over the forehead? You betcha.

Mark and Peter, in fact, are practically twin sons of different mothers. They look so much alike that combining their cartooning would be a cinch.

The only wrinkle: If the "Spider-Man" strip indeed returns us to a younger Peter Parker this year -- as suggested and speculated -- he could look young enough to be Mark Trail's son.

There goes our tongue-in-cheek theory -- disappearing just as quickly as Aunt May may arrive.

By Michael Cavna  | January 1, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
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I disagree! "Mark Trail" has a certain charming naivety of style, whereas "Spider-Man" most resembles Eduardo Barreto's (D.C.'s "New Teen Titans" and now "Judge Parker").

"Spider-Man" is a bit less noire-y than "Judge Parker". Perhaps Aunt May should wear a large-brimmed hat, and appear in shadows, and speak in a doom-laden manner.

Posted by: Jumper1 | January 1, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

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