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Clearly the Best Part of Amazing Spider-Man #700

The first back-up story in Amazing Spider-Man #700 was written by J.M. DeMatteis and it tells the story of an old Peter Parker who is telling his grandson about his life as Spider-Man.

He gets to the point where he talks about how he decided to quit being Spider-Man and go into a sort of witness protection program through S.H.I.E.L.D….

That’s right, a Dylan reference, baby!

And amusingly enough, the very same reference I used for our 8th anniversary a month ago!

You rule, J.M.!


That was a fantastic story. I loved all the bizarre mashups of heroes and villains as he forgot the details.

DeMatteis was easily my favorite Spider-Writer since Stern’s departure way back in the mid-80s. This is no shot against the fine work of David Michelinie or JMS, it’s just that DeMatteis is a personal favorite and I’ve been a fan of his since his stint on CAPTAIN AMERICA!

I don’t know. I think Marvel made an error by not making him the head writer on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN after Michelinie left. Ah well….

It’s nice to see that he still hasn’t lost his touch. But even so, I can’t justify paying EIGHT BUCKS for a comic I’m going to hate just so I can get this story. I’ll just have to hope it will show up in a good Spidey compilation later. Hmmmm, SPIDER-MAN & Mary Jane: YOU JUST HIT THE JACKPOT Vol. TWO? I like the sound of that!

“I don’t know. I think Marvel made an error by not making him the head writer on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN after Michelinie left.”

Uh, that’s exactly what they did.

After reading ASM 400, I became convinced that Marvel should bring JM Dematteis to at least do the dialogue, if not the plots too, of all their important issues.

Wait. Since when did Bob Dylan become a thing around here? You kids and your fads.

Uh, that’s exactly what they did.

No, they didn’t. They made him the writer of Amazing Spider-Man at the exact time they took away it’s status as a “lead” book and changed to the Superman “triangle” system DC was doing at the time where every book carried equal weight and read as one giant storyline.

Not only was Amazing Spider-Man become equal to Web of and Spectacular and Adjectiveless, I think DeMatteis might even have had LESS input than the other writers, based on what I remember from Greenberg’s Life of Reilly column.

I didn’t read this, but I have to wonder if he’d say to the kid “Oh yeah, I might be clone, which means you’re the grandson of a clone. So, you might turn to mush one day and the real me went off and had some adventures on a motorcycle or something. Who know?”

Sniff. Why does MJ always die before Pete in stories where they grow old together? Spider-Man: Reign was another example where Pete is left old and lonely.


I finally read trhe comic last night and I would say that this story was the weakest point of the issue. I found it pretty routine.

“But the guy’s name was Fury…and he was blind as a bat…”
In other words, Peter Parker went undercover as Abe Simpson, right???

loved how like real life when some one gets older even spider mans memory starts to get fuzzy over time including not remembering nick fury plus that nick had an eye patch and also shields name.

Who drew this? I don’t see it listed on here.

He once chased the Green Goblin dickety-seven miles.

Naive question, but I can’t help myself: does the story attempt to explain how it can happen after the main events of #700? Or does it just ignore them?

It essentially ignores it. It is more of an out-of-continuity tale, anyways.

I like how the buildings and trees and bushes behind Peter haven’t changed in the maybe 50 years in the bottom three panels. (Sorry for being picky.)

So basically, this is supposed to be the Spider-Man equivalent of “Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow”?

A lot of people don’t seem to have picked up on the fact that Spider-man is older than they think in this story – the kid is his GREAT-grandson not his grandson.

Great to see Mayday and Ben. Also nice that someone from Marvel still knows how to draw the Helicarrier.

I live in Glenview, just outside Chicago.

The important thing to remember is that he had a Spider-Signal on his belt… which was the style at the time.

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