- Written by: Zeb Wells, Steve Mellor
- Pencils by: Will Robson, Joe Albelo
- Inks by: Will Robson, Piere Fournier
- Colours by: Erick Arciniega, Julianna Ferriter
- Letters by: Joe Caramagna, Janice Chiang
- Edited by: Devin Lewis, Danny Khazem, Nick Lowe
Ever wondered what it would be like if you’re earth’s mightiest heroes were in a world similar to that of Looney Tunes? Well if you watched the brilliant animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse back in 2018 then you’ll have met at least one of those heroes, the spectacular Spider-Ham!
Peter Porker was a spider (though spiders have human features in this world) who was bitten by May Porker, a pig lady who’s a scientist that was exposed to radiation during her latest project. This radiation and the bite, transferred her intelligence and he pig-like form over to Peter who transformed into the hero we now call Spider-Ham, who saves the day in the New Yolk City, yes you read that right, New YOLK City!
He isn’t the only hero though, there are of course other heroes who have banded together to form teams such as the Sca-vengers or the Unhumanati. These teams bring together Earth-8311’s mightiest heroes such as:
- Iron Mouse
- Ant Ant
- Captain Americat
- Hulk Bunny
- Mooster Fantastic
- The Sub-Marsupial
- Black Colt
- Crocktor Strange
And that’s just the start of the list of characters on Earth-8311! This series started back in 1983 and was created by Tom Defalco & Mark Armstrong. The art style even back then was excellent as it brings the nostalgic love for old school hand drawn cartoons that you don’t get these days with the 3D CG styles. The stories aren’t just silly either, they have heart and a lot of what I’ve seen could have been done in any of the other comics, but with these characters, whilst you’re laughing away at the cheesiness of their designs etc. the stories still pack a punch that can have you sympathizing with even the most despised characters. Spider-Ham is honestly a bit of a dick and not someone you’d want to deal with daily, because his ego is beyond compare especially since he helped save the Marvel multiverse, but there is a side to him that you feel sorry for, especially when the other heroes push him away and don’t include him in their missions etc. It doesn’t take you long to see why but at the same time you can’t help but want him to get involved, and that is what makes him such a great character.
This brilliant combination of Comic book heroes and cartoony humour works excellently to lighten some of the mood of the more serious human based stories that our heroes go through, throughout the Marvel universe. If you enjoy on the nose, cheesy humour with some great story telling and lovable characters then you’ll love The Spectacular Spider-Ham!
I’d highly recommend picking this up for a good laugh and an easy read!