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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 221: Bill Sienkiewicz, Part 5 – Rocketeer Adventures (volume 2) #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Bill Sienkiewicz, and the story is “The Ducketeer” in Rocketeer Adventures (volume 2) #1, which was published by IDW and is cover dated March 2012. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 107: Jae Lee, Part 4 – The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Jae Lee, and the issue is The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #1, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated April 2007. These scans are from the hardcover trade, which was published in 2007. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 101: Mahmud Asrar, Part 3 – She-Hulk: Cosmic Collision

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Mahmud Asrar, and the issue is She-Hulk: Cosmic Collision, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated February 2009. Enjoy!
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for February 2014

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“In war we’re tough and able / Quite indefatigable / Between our quests we sequin vests and impersonate Clark Gable”
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for January 2014

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“What’s so amazing / That keeps us stargazing / And what do we think we might see”
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for May 2013

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“Well he said, ‘One thing, before I graduate / Never let your fear decide your fate.'”
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Sunday brunch: Links for the week 28 April – 4 May 2013

Have a seat, eat some fried eggs and bacon, and read up on some links. Sounds like a good time to me!
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for February AND March 2013

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Last month, I didn’t get a chance to finish all of these before I went to the convention in Seattle, and then I was busy when I got back. So this month, we get a double dose of trades and books I’ve read and such. That means this is really long, and I apologize for that!
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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – So Who Was the Hobgoblin Anyways?

Every week, we will be examining comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today, inspired by this week’s Comic Book Legends Revealed (where Peter David had the reveal of Goblin 2099 changed on him) we take a look at the back and forth history of who the Hobgoblin really was…
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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – So The Skrulls Created the Hulk?

Every week, we will be examining comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today we take a look at the back and forth nature of Bruce Banner’s assistant Igor and exactly what role he played in the Hulk’s origin (and whether he was even human!).

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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 325: Captain Marvel (volume 4) #22

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Captain Marvel (volume 4) #22, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated June 2004. This scan is from Captain Marvel: Odyssey, the trade that was published in 2004. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 266: Supergirl #43

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Supergirl #43, which was published by DC and is cover dated April 2000. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 72: X-Factor #14

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from X-Factor #14, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated February 2007. Enjoy!
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