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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 26

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at another cool moment from Paul Jenkins’ Spider-Man run (and no, not any of the moments you’re likely expecting)…


This issue, like a lot of Paul Jenkins’ issues of Peter Parker: Spider-Man, was focused on an outsider to the Spider-Man mythos. In this instance, Jenkins (and guest artist Staz Johnson) turns his attention to Billy Fender, a low-life private investigator for a crooked insurance company. Fender’s main job is to find out if people are committing insurance fraud, but along the way, Billy gets obsessed with the idea of finding out who Spider-Man really is.

He is obsessed, and finally, at the end, he has figured it all out!

He quits his job and heads over to the Daily Bugle to get his payday. He decides to take his information directly to J. Jonah Jameson himself.

And that leads us to the full page splash that makes up the finale of this issue, and the cool comic book moment of the day…

Hilariously awesome, especially the way Jenkins slowly builds up to this moment all throughout the issue.


I remember always feeling like that run on spider-man was very good, and had a lot of emotion invested in it. It’s good to get a flash back to those days, I really miss the spider-man of long ago.

maybe i’m being too much of a continuity nerd about this, but haven’t there been a kajillion incredibly publicized and witnessed sighting of spider-,man and jjj at the same place at the same time since the lee/ditko days? didn’t spidey even show up to jjj’s wedding to rescue him from the scorpion (going off old memories, not sure)?

maybe i’m being too much of a continuity nerd about this,


But, if you really wish to be anal, from earlier in the issue…

Meh, that’s kind of a lame save by jenkins there. It wasn’t just a “few simultaneous appearances” but a hell of a lot over decades. Being anal would be referring to obscure, irrelevant past continuity, but much of it was major. What about the fact that J. Jonah Jameson lost his Editor-in-Chief position because he was being blackmailed by the Hobgoblin for his role in creating the Scorpion to destroy Spider-Man? This is not a minor continuity point, it was a pretty big character moment for JJJ. JJJ went public with a full published confession of his involvement in the Scorpion’s creation so that the blackmailer wouldn’t have anything over him anymore. This is what caused him to step down as Editor for quite some time and be replaced by Robbie Robertson. It happened during Stern’s run. That goes beyond just staging simultaneous appearances to downright potentially ruining his reputation and career.

I haven’t read the whole issue, so I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt and hope the rest of the book sold the premise better.I think Robbie would have worked much better maybe.

If he had of been a good detective he probably wouldn’t have got the wrong guy.

T, if you own a very good telescope, take it out on a cloudless, moonless night, and point it straight up, you just might be able to catch a faint glimpse of The Point, forever locked in a geosynchronous orbit directly over your head.

Michael, Isn’t “The Point” that “Precise Orbital Intra-atmosphere Non-nuclear Targetting” satellite that you launched last year? :-)

Ted: So you’re saying the point of the story is that the guy was a really, really sucky detective? That makes sense then.

Michael: Your joke had potential to work if you didn’t geek it up to Whedonesque proportions. :D I felt like I was reading a Buffy script for a second (not a good thing)

Yeah, you guys are right. I took it too seriously. It sounds like a good story, forget what I said.

I love the glow around Triple J’s fist.

“I love the glow around Triple J’s fist.”

thats what she said. bottom of the barrel, peeps.

I love how the “padded suit” explanation for why people don’t notice that Bruce Wayne is built like Batman gets incorporated in that explanation. :)

If you want to ‘no-prize’ a reason why the detective didn’t factor in Jameson’s role in the creation of the Scorpion and all that, I remember there being a reference to an encounter with Galactus as having occurred just a few years prior to the events of the issue. I figured it was the time Galactus was beaten down by New York’s superhero community (which would’ve been about four years earlier Marvel-time), but if you’re so inclined you could argue it was the first time Galactus appeared and the issue is set a “few years” after that but still prior to Jameson revealing his business with the Scorpion and stepping down as EIC of the Bugle. Either way, I suppose.

Have a good day.
John Cage

If the guy thinks that Jameson is Spider-Man, what better way to deceive the public than by pretending to have created the Scorpion? Or, for that matter, the detective might think that Spider-Man created the Scorpion in order to pretend to be a hero (the sort of thing Jameson would say).

Wasn’t there a similar story in the 80’s – someone investigates Spidey’s real identity, arriving at an absurdly wrong conclusion through plausible means – only in that case, they though Spider-Man was actually Mary-Jane?

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