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Today in Nerd History | January 31

Nerd culture is a vibrant tapestry of events, releases, and milestones that have shaped the entertainment landscape. From iconic movies to groundbreaking games and significant literary contributions, this article takes a trip down memory lane to explore the notable nerd culture events that occurred on January 31st in history. Let’s celebrate these cherished moments that have left an indelible mark on the hearts of fans around the world.

BLACK SUIT SPIDER-MAN | 1984

In 1984, Spider-Man officially returned to The Amazing Spider-Man (issue #252) wearing the black suit he originally wore in the Secret Wars mini-series, on an alien planet. The change to a longstanding character’s design met with controversy, with many hardcore comic fans decrying it as tantamount to sacrilege. Spider-Man’s traditional red and blue costume was iconic, they argued, on par with those of his D.C. rivals Superman and Batman. The creators then revealed the costume was an alien symbiote which Spider-Man is able to reject after a difficult struggle, though the symbiote returns several times as Venom for revenge.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • The symbiote later found a new host in Eddie Brock, a disgruntled journalist who hated Spider-Man, and became the villain Venom.
  • Spider-Man still occasionally wears a cloth version of the black suit, usually when he wants to be more stealthy or aggressive. He wore it after the Civil War event, when his identity was exposed and his Aunt May was shot.
  • The black suit has been adapted in many Spider-Man media, such as cartoons, video games, and movies. In Spider-Man 3, the suit was brought to Earth by a meteorite, and in Spider-Man: No Way Home, it is rumored to be his regular suit turned inside out.
KEY & PEELE | 2012

In 2012, Key & Peele premiered on Comedy Central. Key & Peele is a sketch comedy show starring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, who use their wit and creativity to tackle various topics, often related to American culture and race relations.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele met on the set of MADtv, where they were both cast members from 2004 to 2009.
  • Key & Peele featured many celebrity guest stars, such as Ty Burrell, Rashida Jones, Liam Neeson, and Barack Obama.
  • Key & Peele is known for its hilarious names for characters, such as A-Aron, Hingle McCringleberry, and Laron Can’t Laugh. Some of these names were generated by a third writer, Rebecca Drysdale, who used a random name generator.

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