I don’t hate myself enough to watch New Year’s Eve countdown specials; normally I’ll watch something else, flip over to a major network at 11:58, watch the ball drop, and then flip right back. I’ve never watched CNN’s New Year’s Eve countdown, so I had no idea this happened on Saturday night until Comics Alliance posted it:
Yes, the Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark musical’s Green Goblin captured CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper, and did… well, whatever the fuck you want to call the video above. It’s a good thing Spider-Man came to rescue him, although not before Cooper’s dignity took a Gwen Stacy-esque dive off the bridge, metaphorically speaking.
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.