Ah, Spiderman. How you vexed me!
When I opened the box, these odd little papers wafted out - I picked a few up and realized, to my horror (okay, exaggerating a little!) that they were the picture part of some of the puzzle pieces! They had come off!
I started to just pitch the thing - I paid a dime for it! But I know our kiddo will like it - he's crazy about Spiderman. So I took a little time and glued the pictures back to the pieces. But first I put the frame together to make 100% sure I was gluing the right ones to the right pieces:
I forgot to take a picture of the frame with all it's pictures glued back on, and anyway, when I took the blank ones out, more pictures came of the others. URGH!
But here it is with the frame done, and the middle put in - more blanks! And when I took it apart to glue them on - yet again, more pieces came apart. It was annoying. But it still only took about half an hour, and I haven't seen a new Spiderman puzzle at any store around here in ages, so it will be worth it for the kid.
And here he finally is, all glued up and as shiny as I could make him:
As a side note - a glue stick did not work. Elmers was too gloopy. I ended up using my puzzle glue - a drop on my finger, rub it over the top of the cardboard, then very carefully position the paper and glue it down. A few minutes to dry and they were perfect! Just in case anyone ever needs to mend a puzzle this way!