Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man 91 (June 1984)

28395.jpgIt takes them a while–almost the entire issue–but Milgrom and Mooney eventually get a couple good panels in here. When I say good panels, I mean good close-ups.

I wasn’t really paying attention to the art (it’s marvelously mediocre) as there’s so much else to get the reader’s attention. Like Peter Parker thinking crappy thoughts about his girlfriend, the Black Cat. These thoughts are totally justified–she is a controlling moron–but they’re really mean-spirited thoughts. Why’s Peter dating her in the first place?

In this issue he discovers she’s compromised his secret identity, pissed off everyone he knows, and then she drags him into a fight against the Blob (they basically get their butts kicked) while he’s busy comforting friend Flash Thompson.

She’s loathsome.

Also–how did Marvel expect people to read this book? You’re supposed to stop half-way through to switch to Amazing.

CREDITS

If It Wasn’t For Bad Luck…; writer and penciller, Al Milgrom; inker, Jim Mooney; colorist, Glynis Wein; letterer, Diana Albers; editors, Bob DeNatale and Danny Fingeroth; publisher, Marvel Comics.

One Comment

  1. Vernon Wiley

    Wow, a comic where you’re supposed to stop halfway and read another comic book? Never heard of that marketing gimmick before. They also pulled a retailer boner by featuring the Blob on the cover. In my experience, comics always sell less when the Blob is there. Good luck with this masterpiece. I don’t know where you find the patience.

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