Before Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, but way after the amazing Spider-Man: Rock Reflections of a Superhero album, there was Spider-Man Rocks!, a musical starring Peter Parker and pals at Universal Studios Hollywood. It’s not particularly good, but it does have three things going for it: 1) more than two of the songs are about something Spider-Man related; 2) the villains look somehow less stupid than Turn Off the Dark‘s, despite having less than 1/70th of the budget and being made in 2002; and 3) overall, it’s not a “65 million dollar circus tragedy.” Part two is after the jump. It should go without saying that this is far more entertaining if you started drinking a couple of hours ago.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.