The DALLAS COWBOYS


Membership: Tony Dorsett, Monty Hunter, Coach Tom Landry, Danny White, Randy White, many many others (see comments)

Purpose: To win NFL-sanctioned football games

Affiliations: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders; Mark Mudge; Stanley Mudge; Spider-Man (Parker)

Enemies: Circus of Crime, the New York Giants

Base of Operations: Texas Stadium, Dallas, Tx

First Appearance: Spider-Man and the Dallas Cowboys: Danger in Dallas (1983)

History: (Spider-Man and the Dallas Cowboys: Danger in Dallas) - As the Dallas Cowboys practiced on a Saturday morning in preparation for their first home game of the season against the New York Giants, several members of the team (including Randy White, Tony Dorsett, Danny White and coach Tom Landry) were called over to meet a fan of theirs, Mark Mudge, who was confined to a wheelchair.  Mark's father Stanley had built a gravity-resistant invention that allowed the wheelchair to fly, and due to the publicity, J. Jonah Jameson (a friend of Stanley's) and Peter Parker had flown out to cover the public relations event.  A group of circus performers in the building for the game blew up their trick cannon, allowing them to kidnap Mark.  As Parker (in his Spider-Man outfit) and Cowboys member Randy White searched for the boy, the Circus of Crime's leader the Ringmaster demanded to know where Mark had hidden the anti-gravity device during the kidnapping (it was actually in the possession of Stanley).  The Ringmaster announced from the broadcast booth that he would hurt Mark if Stanley didn't hand it over, and used the giant television screen to project his hypnotic hat's effect, mesmerizing the people inside Texas Stadium.  After the Cowboys snapped out of the trance, they fought the Circus members for the device.  It ended up in the hands of Jameson, who began to float into the air, where the Ringmaster waited in a helicopter.  As Spider-Man attempted to swing up towards them, two Cowboys mistook him for a Circus member and  grabbed his legs, pulling them into the air with him.  After rescuing Jameson and causing Ringmaster to land, Spider-Man swung the two Cowboys towards the Ringmaster. They jumped and landed atop him and his pilot.  The Circus of Crime was then arrested.  The next day, with Parker watching from the stands and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders on the sidelines cheering, the Cowboys went up against their rivals the Giants.

Comments: Created by their papas and their mamas, who let them grow up to be Cowboys. Adapted for comics by Marie Severin, David Anthony Kraft, Kerry Gammill, and Mike Esposito, from a story suggestion by Greg Aiello.

For the record, the title on the cover is "The Dallas Cowboys and Spider-Man: Danger in Dallas" but the indicia has it reversed, so that's what I'm going with, as that's "official."

This was a one-shot supplement included in the Dallas Times Herald newspaper, and was full of local ads, almost all of which had Marvel characters included in them.

This story either is an alternate universe where Spider-Man was around in 1983 (due to the sliding timescale, he didn't appear until 1993 or so) or you can make the players topical, and replace them with major players from more recent eras (e.g. replace Dorsetts and the two Whites with Emmett Smith, Michael Irvin and Troy Aikman).

Many of the players shown are only identified by the number on their uniform, and could be anyone, not neccessarily the "real life" version of the team from the 1983 season.  Here's a list of all numbers featured in the story, and who they might be:

Profile by Madison Carter

Clarifications:

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Mark Mudge

Mark Mudge lost the use of his legs in an accident while pushing a young girl out of the way of a runaway car.  Confined to a wheelchair equipped with an anti-gravity device, Mark was kidnapped by the Circus of Crime. He escaped while the Circus tried to force his father Stanley to hand the device over.





-- Spider-Man and the Dallas Cowboys: Danger in Dallas



Stanley Mudge

Stanley Mudge is a millionaire inventor who created a flying wheelchair for his son Mark.  The two went to meet Mark's heroes the Dallas Cowboys, where Mark was kidnapped by the Circus of Crime. After his son's safe return, the two enjoyed a Cowboys/Giants game.




-- Spider-Man and the Dallas Cowboys: Danger in Dallas





images:
Spider-Man and the Dallas Cowboys, page 1, panel 1 (main image)
                                                                   page 4, panel 3
                                                                   page 3, panel 3 (Mark)
                                                                   page 3, panel 4 (Stanley)


Last updated: 09/28/05.

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