Bring the Spider-Man Balloon Back to New York

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I need your help with this, but before I can ask it, I think you should the backstory behind my efforts.

In 1987, the Spider-Man balloon made it's first appearance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The balloon was created thanks to the talent and efforts of Manford Bass, a specialist in crafting large-size inflatables, and John Romita Sr., famed comic artist who has been recognized as one of the premiere Spidey artists. The balloon was a staple of the parade for many years until the late 1990s when it vanished, seemingly without any explanation.

However, after meeting with John Romita Jr. at a recent comic book convention in NYC, I learned that the reason for the balloon's disappearance was tied into the bankruptcy incident that Marvel faced in the mid-90s, not because it caused an accident (which it did not), as many people have believed to be the reason. While Marvel was saved from bankruptcy after being bought out, the Spidey balloon was one of the things that didn't make the transition with the company. With no backing, the balloon was removed from the parade lineup. Needless to say, the parade has not been the same without the wall-crawler.

For years, this has bothered me, and recently, I have decided to do something about it. Last year, I started a campaign to bring the Spider-Man back into the parade, or, as a back-up plan, have a Marvel Comics-themed float in the parade. I have been been spreading the word around as best as I can, and both options have gotten a lot of support. I have even received assistance from such major names in the comic industry such as comic artists Frank Cho and Leinil Yu, Marvel editor Andy Schmidt, and most recently, Matthew Atherton, aka Feedback, the winner of Who Wants to Be a Superhero Season 1.

Over time, I have also come to realize that this is not simply an effort to get a balloon back into a parade. This also serves, in a way, to give the comic book industry a little more public recognition. After all, with a character like Spider-Man being seen by so many individuals, it might encourage more people to read comic books. So if you are a comic book fan who wishes to see comics gain more recognition, it is my strongest recommendation that you show your support as soon as possible.

If you are interested, you can sign up at the following link:

Also, I have set up a letter-writing campaign to supplement my existing efforts, which can be found at:

If you enjoy reading comics, if you are an aficionado for all things Marvel, or if you are just a fan of a certain friendly neighborhood wall-crawler, then I insist that you SIGN UP TODAY!!!

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Besides signing the petitions, what else can we do? Obviously I can mention it on The Show, but who do we need to talk to? Who decides what balloons make it into the parade? It's those people we need to plead this case to.

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My best guess is to contact the higher ups at Marvel Enterprises and Macy's.

Marvel Entertainment, Inc.

417 5th Avenue

New York, NY 10016

(this is a list of the current officers and directors of Marvel)

Macy's Inc.

c/o Amy Kule

151 W. 34th Street

New York, NY 10001-2101

Hope this helps!

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  • 1 month later...

UPDATE: We are now up to 1655 signatures! Plus, I've got a little assignment for you...


Print out as many copies of this flier as you want, and pass them out to as many people as you can! Put them in mailboxes, leave them on the windshields of cars, post them on the local bulletin boards or at your local comic book stores, whatever you'd like! We really need to get the word out!!!

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