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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 184

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 a cute Darwyn Cooke issue of Spider-Man Tangled Web, written AND drawn by Mr. Cooke.


The basic gist of Spider-Man: Tangled Web was, I believe, having out of continuity Spider-Man stories, so here in Spider-Man: Tangled Web #11, it is modern day but Peter Parker is single (think of it as a precursor to Brand New Day – I don’t think there’s any doubt that Darwyn Cooke is down with Peter being single now).

In any event, it is Valentine’s Day, and two different Daily Bugle employees are meeting Peter Parker for a date (but Peter is lying in an alley recovering from a fight with the Vulture)…

Flash Thompson shows them to Peter’s apartment building, which Peter (who is in rough shape from the fight with the Vulture and also being left out in the cold passed out for awhile) is headed towards, after bartering for a change of clothes from a homeless man.

Great ending.

“The” moment for me, if this is allowed, is the two fantasies of the women involved – if you can’t have a “moment” be two things, then I supposed the second fantasy, where Cooke changes up his style beautifully, would be it.


Peter’s face in the ”Gglurk” panel! That is fantastic.

Although I’ve purged a lot of my Spidey collection, I still have this issue. It was such a great Silver Age throwback.

Brian, I’m pretty sure this story was supposed to be in continuity. I believe–somebody correct me if I’m wrong–that it was published during Howard Mackie and John Byrne’s Spider-Man run, where they “killed” Mary Jane in a plane crash and she was out of the book for awhile. Cooke did a follow-up story not long after set at Christmas, where MJ DID appear in the story. (Also a great story, BTW.)

I have all the Tangled Web tpbs, and bought them years after the series was cancelled… for whatever reason, they were all bargain bin pickups, going for $5-10 a piece only. For the life of me, I have no idea why, as they have some of the best Spider-Man stories I’ve ever read within their pages. Cooke’s are among my favourites; I really wish he was able to cut loose some more like he did here and in New Frontier.

Did Cooke do this story in the middle of a long run on Archie Comics? It seems like he turned Archie Andrews into Spider-man complete with Betty and Veronica fighting over him!

And Flash was so Reggie in this scene.

The idea of Tangled Web was that it was a “Legends of the Dark Knight” type book, in continuity, but set whenever within Spidey’s past that it needed to be. I always figured this story took place during the period after MJ turned down Peter’s first proposal and whenever he started dating the Black Cat.

And you totally skipped the subplot about the Bugle intern hooking up with the cute punk rock girl.

It is a great issue, but it should be noted that it isn’t just a Darwyn Cooke joint. J. Bone worked on the pencils and inks as well as Darwyn. Same with the Xmas issue.

Man, Tangled Web was great sometimes. Here’s hoping that something from “Flowers For Rhino” makes it into the column eventually.


I’ve seen this issue referenced in some of the Marvel handbooks as well.

Have a good day.
John Cage

I like Cooke’s change of style much better than I like the rest of the issue’s art so I’d enthusiastically agree with you on the moment. ..Although Peter bartering with a homeless man for his clothes sounds pretty good too..

Regarding Stealthwise’s comment– $5-10 is ‘bargain basement’? I’ve never spent more than $4.25 for a single issue of anything, EVER. $5-10 is outrageously expensive by my standards.

Or where you being sarcastic?

He’s talking about trade paperbacks.

Anybody who has never spent more than $4.25 for a single issue of a comic book can’t be much of a comic book fan.

The art looks like it was inspired by the DC animated shows.

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