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1987 And All That: Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #122-130

A column in which Matt Derman (Comics Matter) reads & reviews comics from 1987, because that’s the year he was born. Click here for an archive of all the previous posts in the series.

PPSSM1Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #122-130 (Marvel) by Peter David (#122-123, 128-129), Roger McKenzie (#124), Danny Fingeroth (#125-126), Len Kaminski (#127), Bob Layton (#130), Rich Buckler (#122), Malcolm Davis (#122), Dwayne Turner (#123), Greg Larocque (#124), Jim Mooney (#125), Alan Kupperberg (#126-129), Jim Fern (#130), Mike Esposito (#122), Bob McLeod (#122), Art Nichols (#122-126), Vince Colletta (#125, 130), Nel Yomtov (#122-123, 127), Bob Sharen (#124-125, 128, 130), George Roussos (#126), Julianna Ferriter (#129), Rick Parker, Jim Salicrup

I went back and forth a few times while reading these issues, debating with myself about whether or not it would be better to look at this entire run (meaning every issue of this title from 1987 before the “Kraven’s Last Hunt” crossover*) or if I should simply choose a single issue/storyline and zero in on that. Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (henceforth referred to as PPSSM) is effectively a collection of Spider-Man short stories, with most of the issues being self-contained one-shots. There is a throughline that connects several of them, but it comes and goes from month to month fairly arbitrarily, separated from itself by stories that have absolutely nothing to do with it and don’t even all take place at the same time. That lack of connective tissue is a big part of why this series leaves me feeling fairly cold, so ultimately I decided it made more sense to look at these nine issues as a whole, because when viewed together they leave a slightly different impression than taken individually. Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 263: Marc Silvestri, Part 2 – Web of Spider-Man #22

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Marc Silvestri, and the issue is Web of Spider-Man #22, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated January 1987. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 177: Gabriel Hardman, Part 1 – War Machine #5

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Gabriel Hardman, and the issue is War Machine #5, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated August 1994. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 76: Fate #17

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Fate #17, which was published by DC and is cover dated March 1996. Enjoy!
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Into the back issue box #50

Will I do anything BIG for number fifty? Well, let’s get the suspense out of the way: No. I mean, this isn’t like Brian’s Legends Revealed, which is a fairly big deal around the comics blogaxy. I’m small potatoes compared to that (I’m weeping as I type this because of my awareness of my place in universe), so I’m just soldiering on with this and having no hoopla. And let’s be honest, when you’re randomly picking books out of a long box and reading them, you’re usually going to get junk. I guess I should have made sure that this installment was particularly awful, but I didn’t. It’s still pretty lousy, though. But at least it features creators you’ve heard of! And here, for your reading pleasure, the ground rules for these posts!
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