The Amazing Spider-Man #248 (1984)
“And He Strikes Like a Thunderball” & “The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man”
Writer: Roger Stern
Artists: Ron Frenz & John Romita Jr.
This issue has two stories. Both about 11 pages. First, Spider-Man battles Thunderball and wins. Now, the other one, The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man is considered to be one of the top 10 Spider-Man stories ever by almost anybody who makes such a list. What’s it about? Somebody writes an article about a kid who collects articles, film reels, and memorabilia about Spider-Man. Spider-Man goes to visit him. He tells him all about how he came to be Spider-Man, why he fights crime, and how his web shooters work. Then the kid asks him who he really is. Spider-Man hesitates but then takes off his mask and says he’s Peter Parker and that he took most of the pictures the kid collected of Spider-Man. The kid finds it hilarious that Jameson pays Peter to take pictures of himself. Peter tells him he can’t tell anybody. As Spider-Man leaves, we see he’s exiting from the cancer ward of a hospital. From an excerpt of the article written about the kid, we find out he has leukemia and his wish is to meet Spider-Man and talk to him for a few minutes. We also find out he only has a few weeks to live.