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"I'm Brad Douglas, of the Spider-Man Crawlspace.com."
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Spider-Man Crawlspace is a website dedicated to all things about Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's famous Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. It was founded by Brad Douglas in 1998. It hosts reviews, editorials, news, interviews, forums and other Spider-Man tidbits.

The website can be found here and the podcast page is here.

One of its more popular attractions is the podcast, which began in 2006 and is published several times a month.

As of 2015 the podcast consists oft he following panelists:

  • Brad (BD) Douglas, webmaster and host
  • JR (Madgoblin) Fettinger, published author on Spider-Man, owner of the website Spidey Kicks Butt. Oldest member of the panel whose favorite character is Norman Osborn.
  • George Berryman, native Texan who heads up new segments for the podcasts which cover the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon and "Spidey Friday Night Fights" which chronicle notable battles from Spider-Man's history. Also reviews the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon.
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  • Mike aka Stillanerd-Amazing Spider-Man reviewer on the main page and long-time Spider-Fan. First joined the site in 2008.
  • Ashley, new panelist and Black Cat fan from Georgia. Also reviews Spider-Man related titles on the Spider-Man Satellites podcast.
  • Zach (Spideydude) Joiner, Clone Saga expert and Ben Reilly fan. Zach contributes to the Spider-Man Satellites titles podcast and other coverage.

Formerly the panel also included

  • Michael Bailey, who hosts the Views from the Long Box podcast.
  • Stella (Spider-Girl), who was known for her affinity for literature
  • Kevin (Morbius) Cushing, aspiring writer and actor most known for his love of the character Morbius the Living Vampire.
  • Josh Bertone (Bertone Beatle), panelist with a large wealth of knowledge on Spider-Man's continuity. Particularly known for his love/hate of the character Betty Brant and affinity for Flash Thompson and Sha-Shan.
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  • Donovan Morgan Grant (Donomark), reviewer for the website. Started out reviewing the various cartoons.
  • Crazy Chris, one of the longer running members of the website before gaining a spot on the podcast. Reviewer of the Superior Spider-Man title. Recently he managed to predict the outcome of the Superior Spider-Man's premise months before it was announced.


Tropes:

  • Agree to Disagree: Half the panel is split on the artwork of Humberto Ramos.
  • April Fools' Day:
    • Donovan wrote up a satirical review of Amazing Spider-Man #121 on April 1st, 2013, giving reasons why it was a bad story through poorly reasoned, highly nitpicking critiques.
    • Donovan and Stella faked a wedding for the purposes of The Batman Universe's website. Many people turned out to be fooled, and continued to congratulate the two a couple of months after the joke had been revealed.
  • Ascended Extra: Half of the modern panel started out like this. Stella began as a guest spot and returned for a three-year run as a panelist. Bertone and Donovan made infrequent guest shots on call-in shows before both were added to the regular panel permanently.
  • Asian Speekee Engrish: Bertone when impersonating Sha-Shan, although he's acknowledged and apologized to potential Asian listeners before doing it.
  • Author Appeal:
    • Brad is a fan of the 1981 cartoon "Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends".
    • Bertone and Donovan are big fans of the 90s Spider-Man show, so much that they'll reference it and quote obscure and irreverent scenes from it at the drop of a hat.
    • JR's second love after Spider-Man is Star Trek. George's #1 food is bacon.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Episode #169 had Donovan get increasingly angry at the sexist treatment of the Black Cat in Daredevil vol.3 #8 that he eventually yelled at both the writers AND at Brad.
    • Bertone has a real dislike of useless hash-tags on comics, as well as pandering to the movie audience in comics.
    • Episode #260 had Kevin get into a heated argument with Brad over a Spider-Girl Halloween Costume.
  • Black and Nerdy: Donovan
  • Butt-Monkey: Zach for years, specifically when Stella joined the show.
  • Catchphrase: Stella: "Oh my Gosh". "Prison Ass" for Kevin
  • The Cameo: Stella and Michael made surprise guest appearances during the 2012 Spider-Jeopardy show
  • The Chick: To date, Stella was the only female panelist on the podcast.
  • Deadpan Snarker: JR and Kevin usually.
  • Double Entendre: Oh dear Lord, yes. Brad is especially fond of this, much to his panelist's chagrin.
  • Fangirl: Stella is one for Iron Fist. Ashley is a Black Cat fan.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Stella was always the one panelist who would refrain from swearing.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Bertone and Don
  • Hilarious Outtakes: Brad's famous call to JR's hotel room.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Donovan in episode #255
  • Irony: Stella left the Crawlspace and joined the Batman Universe around the same time that Bertone left the Batman Universe and joined Crawlspace.
  • Large Ham: JR when he does voices.
  • Love to Hate: invoked Bertone on Betty Brant full stop. This is mostly found in the Amazing Spider-Man Classics podcast where he reviewed the Steve Dito era, but he brought his hate of her to the Crawlspace through a series of articles about the relationship between Betty and Flash Thompson.
  • Running Gag: Several. Taking a shot for mention of the Clone Saga, JR yelling when voicing Norman Osborn, Kevin and Brad disagreeing, Zach failing to answer when addressed, Brad promising to edit out a disturbance in the podcast when hearing him say he will in the episode proves that he hasn't.
  • Shipper on Deck: Brad usually notes whenever there's a scene between Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson
  • The Smurfette Principle: Stella
    • As of summer, 2014, the Crawlspace panel began searching for a new female voice.
  • Take That!:
    • Literally invoked by Don when he used a phrase coined by Mark Waid about fans "wanting comics to go back to the way they were when Mommy was alive" when addressing the current regime at Marvel Comics.
    • "Take that Waid."
  • Talking to Themself: Stella 52's rap battle with Bubba Moose
  • That Came Out Wrong: Far too often
  • Trademark Favorite Food: George and bacon. Brad and Mountain Dew.
  • Top Ten List: Episode #252 listed the panel's favorite Spider-Man artists.
  • When I Was Your Age...: Frequently invoked, parodied and played with. Panelists in their 30s or older tend to reminisce back to the Spider-Man comics from the 80s. More recently the panel has pointed out how they try not to compare so much.

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