Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A Web of Lies

Well, it's not a web of lies, per se. It's one lie, and it was told unintentionally. Still, hardcore comics fans reading my blog as they wait in line to see The Amazing Spider-Man on opening day will Marvel at this secret-identity revelation.

In the Spider-Man photo caption you see here, USA Today got the wrong "fat cat." The Garfield we were after is Andrew, not James. The latter Garfield was the 20th president of the United States. His middle initial was A, though it stood for Abram, not Andrew. James Garfield was assassinated while in office in 1881. He's been dead for more than 130 years, which makes donning the famous red-and-blue costume quite challenging. If he can pull it off, he'd be truly Amazing.

No presidential debate is needed: The friendly neighborhood hero behind the red, webbed mask is Andrew Garfield, an actor best known — until today, anyway — for his role in The Social Network.

Oh, what a tangled web you've weaved, USA Today. But your silky deception failed to escape my spider senses.


  1. Maybe it is not a mistake...maybe in this alternate universe version of the Amazing Spiderman President James Garfield becomes Spiderman instead of Peter Parker. They do have a movie out...Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter...So don't be so judgemental! :)


    1. Nope, it’s not a mistake. It is Andrew Garfield. I double-checked. James Garfield was up for the role of Abraham Lincoln in “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” but for whatever reason casting directors felt Lincoln would make a better Lincoln. Weird. James Garfield did have a bit part in the to-be-released film adaptation of another mash-up, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” but his scene was cut. Actually, it was eaten. By zombies.