Spider-Man: Chapter One 12 (October 1999)

It’s so bad. It’s so bad I’m not even going to go on a super-rant about it because I think Byrne had to know it was terrible and it doesn’t seem sportsmanlike to kick him after such an absurdly bad comic book.

It retells the Sandman story from Amazing, but sets it later in Spidey’s career (I think Marvel intended a sequel, thank goodness they never did one). It also resolves Betty Brant and Peter’s dating–but they weren’t dating in Chapter One (and retcons out her brother)–though, honestly, I can’t imagine why Peter would like Betty. She’s like an anorexic version of Byrne’s Lois Lane from Man of Steel.

Oh, on a nice note, Sandman’s illustrated in that rough fashion like Ditko drew him. It’s respectful.

I don’t think any of Chapter One is intentionally disrespectful. I think it’s just a hideous idea, ineptly handled by Byrne.


The End of Spider-Man!; writer, penciller and letterer, John Byrne; inker, Al Milgrom; colorist, Joe Rosas; editors, Matt Hicks and Ralph Macchio; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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