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Greetings True Believers!

Here is another great tale from SMTW. It sucked for the Runaways when they realized that their folks were super-villains. It sucks harder when when your parent is a z-lister like the Leap-Frog.

So what is a kid to do? Find-out and enjoy!

Deep in the wilds of suburbia a bush-league super-villain is released from prison. Leap-Frog/Frog-Man, Vincent Colorito. He is interviewed for the local news and he promises his leaping days are behind him. It's a joke story but one viewer is looking on with horror.

His son, Eugene Colorito.

Eugene and his one pal are watching the news. Eugene knows his life just went from suck to blow. His dad arrives mid anti-Frog-Man rant.

They do not. Eugene has to eat a metric ton of shit.

He gets home and his dad is on the job hunt. Eugene asks him why he didn't use his "powers" for good. His father says he was desperate and stupid. They are interrupted by a knock on the door.

Ha. I love when they show how out of place Spidey is when he's not in the city.

The jokers only get worse, especially on frog dissection day in science class.

Eugene and his friend discuss the Frog-Man. And his friend gives him a certain crime-fighting idea.

Eugene is on the fence but when he gets home he finds out his dad has been doing commercials for local dealers by dressing up in a mockery of his old costume. Eugene is horrified but the old man just wants to make a buck.

He goes outside to think when the cool kids drive-by and throw dead frogs at him.

Eugene finds the cool kids who bully him. He leaps into action with the shout of "Okay, you loitering sons of -- Gaaahhh!"

He lands head first.

It goes from there.

Nice man! Not Tony or Gambit smooth but you'll get there. ;)

Later the dad settles down in front of the tube and is horrified that his son's antics have made the news.

Him: "The at work are gonna have a field day with this one."

And all of suburbia wonders, "Who could this new, and even less effective incarnation of the Frog-Man be?"

Good stuff.


Date: 2011-04-02 07:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sigmund_droid
I asked in my first ever scan here if someone could post some good-hearted spidey scans and you delivered! I'm never seen this story, it's great. Thanks Proteus and Cyberghostface!

My favorite part about it is Spidey's characterization, is that he acts like a jerk when he first arrives at the leap-frog house but he comes back and apologizes for that. He's frustrated with reoccurring villains and he doesn't know how to handle situations like this where he has to meet the person in his home with his family.


Re: Thanks

Date: 2011-04-02 10:04 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] arilou_skiff
I must say I have an inordinate love for whenever spidey wears knitte caps/baseball caps/whatever over his mask.

Date: 2011-04-02 08:04 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] rzerox21xx
Is it me or this story kinda ignore the great frogman and leapfrog story that J. M. DeMatteis did on Spectacular Spider-man 185, which I recommend you read, its really heartwarming.

Date: 2011-04-02 09:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Post it and we'll tell you? :)

Date: 2011-04-02 01:38 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] rzerox21xx
I dont know how to do this though
maybe if I find some scans

Date: 2011-04-02 09:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Awww, what a weirdly, and delightfully, charming tale of family disfunction and family solidarity.

Apparently Eugene was replaced by a Skrull (Which must have been quite the feather in the cap for some poor Skrull bastard; "What did YOU do in the War momdad?" "Well, daughterson, I was chosen to replace an overweight, inept hero called 'Frog-Man'". "Gee MomDad, who did YOU piss off in the Skurll High Command?"), and was in the Initiative.

Date: 2011-04-02 09:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] qalchemist

This is a re-make of an /older/ comic... I forget if it was a Spider-Man or a Team-Up or something. Eugene was putting on the suit to win some respect for his father/family/etc and somehow got mixed up in a fight between Spidey and the White Rabbit, kept bouncing off villains and objects by accident to defeat them.

Ah! Found it. Marvel Team-Up #131. In that one, Eugene's father was 'The Leap Frog'.

It was one of my prized comics when I was a kid. This brought back some fun memories.

Date: 2011-04-02 10:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] arbre_rieur
How many pages was this issue?

Date: 2011-04-02 01:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blackruzsa
I love it :D I love that even if the dad has an obvious rap, he uses it for not the cliche good but for the good of his kid.
And that his son scored good with the girl ;P

Date: 2011-04-02 02:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sherkahn
I remember the original version of this story, back in the 80's, "Look Before You Leap" when the kid wanted to redeem his father's name (as a villain) and attempted to take down Spidey. One of the few times someone bypassed Spidey's spider-sense because Eugene didn't know what he was doing, and just merely flayed around trying to survive and managed to tag Spidey a few times. Oddly enough it was a team up of Spidey and the Human Torch against the Speed Demon, and the speedster handed them their butts. With the two heroes down, Speed Demon offered Leap Frog a change to make a name for themselves and kill the two.

Eugene's father showed up, explaining why he stopped being a z-list villain (he wanted to spend more time with his son than be in jail) and talked Eugene out of making the same mistake he made. Speed Demon berated both Frogmen. In an attempt to remove the costume, Eugene triggered the released all of pressured gas in his suit, getting him to jump out of control. Speed Demon took it as an assault, couldn't land a blow but everywhere he ran the Leap Frog was there. At last Eugene managed to land on the Demon and take him out. Bruised, tired and happy, Spidey and the Torch helped the Frog man up, and praised him for being able to do something they could not - defeat the Speed Demon. They let him go on the condition that he never put on the costume again.

Edited Date: 2011-04-02 02:51 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-04-02 04:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If I had access to my collection, I would post the issue of Amazing Spider-Man where Frog-Man, the Amazing Spider-Kid (aka the Steel Spider before he grew up and lost weight) and Toad (yes THAT Toad) ALL decided that each was Spidey's new sidekick.

And Spidey NEVER has fun in the suburbs.

Date: 2011-04-02 05:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Sadly, that's from PAD's run, and thus would not be allowed.

Date: 2011-04-03 04:54 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] glprime
And then the cool kids tried high-speed drive-by harassing another outcast and were involved in a horrible wreck leaving two dead and one comatose. (that's in my canon, at least)

Seriously, it's amazingly common in the suburbs/smaller towns for that crap to happen (we lost two students my senior year to some other idiot using the late-night open roads for their personal drag strip; people driving like maniacs through cross-streets is a major pet peeve of mine).


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