Artifacts



That's right -- it's a comic book in which Spider-man teams up with the 70s cast of Saturday Night Live with many of them just on the cusp of film stardom. In case you can't read it on your monitor, that's Dan Ackroyd, John Belushi and Bill Murray. Also starring Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, Gilda Radner and Lorne Michaels all as themselves. In a metafictional move, Stan Lee himself is the presenter for the week!

In the story, such as it is, Belushi is sent an oriental ring by a fan, and some mean guys, the samurai included, turn up looking for it. But really, that's just an excuse to give everyone in the cast a cameo, with many of them wearing superhero costumers including Dazzler and Thor, their plan being to bambuzzle the baddies by doing lots of crazy things all at the same time.

Here's Dan Ackroyd meeting Spiderman ...



And the promised fight between Belushi and real samurai ...



What interesting is how young everyone looks in the drawings. It wasn't like this on Studio 60 ... although some might say that show might have benefited from a visiting superhero mid-season.

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