Peter Parker meet Rod Laver. Anyone for tennis?
Okay, I have a very bizarre reason for thinking of a Spider-Man connection to today’s air of Rod Laver Adidas trainers. It certainly has nothing to do with Rod Laver (an Australian tennis player I had to Google because I knew so little about him – he holds the record for most singles titles won in the history of tennis, apparently). Instead it has to do with the mesh design. Y’see this…
Reminded me of this…
Although not entirely clear from the screengrab on the left, the replica on the right of the mask used in the first season of the ’70s Spider-Man TV series shows perfectly what I mean: the tea strainer eyes! It used to really irritate me as a kid. I didn’t care of Nicholas Hammond would have been completely blind in the costume – I wanted Spider-Man to have blank white eyes!
Oh, and could his webbing not look like a load of old rope, please? Actually, could the plots not be a load of old rope, too.
Of course, both the Sam Raimi Spider-Man costume and the new Andrew Garfield Spider-Man movies have both used mesh effect eyes too, but with a lot more subtlety. Not so much tea strainers as sci-fi sieves. And the webbing looks a lot better.
While we’re on the subject of things about Spider-Man that irritated me as the kid, I have to get this off my chest. I HATED the way he would web-swing ABOVE the skyscrapers in the ’60s cartoon. What the hell were his webs anchored to? Helicopters?
There were two heinous examples if the show’s opening credits? I couldn’t enjoy the brilliant theme tune because I was too busy going, “Huh? How?”
I was a strange child.
Finally for today (sorry, it’s another busy one), while I was scouring eBay for cheap trainers for the challenge I came upon this.
Good grief – £109? Are the Jackson Pollock’s plimsolls or something? Is there something I’m missing here? Is Oohuareawful67 in fact Banksie? I feel I’m missing something here…
See you tomorrow.
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