Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Bob Layton

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Web of Spider-Man Annual #3 (1987)

“Everything You Wanted to Know About Spider-Man”

Rating: 4/5

Writers: Danny Fingeroth & Roger Stern
Artists: Alex Saviuk, Frank Giacoia, Don Perlin, Steve Geiger, Michael Nasser, Jim Mooney, Greg Larocque, Peter Poplaski, Al Gordon, and Bob Layton

Another issue for people who haven’t read a lot of older issues. They first talk about Spider-Man and his abilities, then move onto other major characters like Jameson, Joe Robertson, Mary Jane, Aunt May, Harry Osborn, Flash Thompson, Gwen Stacy, etc. All the while discussing the history of major events in Spider-Man’s life throughout the years. Then they talk about a few locations in Peter’s life. His house, the Bugle, Aunt May’s house, etc. Then they have a long gallery of Spider-Man’s forgotten foes. A lot of them are from issues of Marvel Team-Up. Then they end it with a few cool, full page shots of Spider-man.

Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #130 (1987)

“24 hours”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Bob Layton
Artist: Jim Fern

Hobgoblin poisons Harry Osborn and Spider-Man and tells Spider-Man that if he steals a certain book from the Kingpin that he’ll give him the antidote. Spider-Man gets the book, but Kingpin counter offers to give him the antidote and help him defeat Hobgoblin. Spidey and Harry receive the antidote, and when he goes to Hobgoblin, Hobgoblin gets away.

Web of Spider-Man #28 (1987)

“Torch Bearing”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Bob Layton
Artist: Steve Geiger

Peter tells Mary Jane a story about something that happened a while ago when he stashed his civilian clothes in the torch of the Statue of Liberty. He returned to find the torch being taken away for refurbishing. Then the torch was sent to California to be in a parade. So Pete went out to cover it for the Bugle. Some thieves tried to steal the torch but Spider-Man thwarted them. Turns out it wasn’t the real torch anyway, and the real one was still in a warehouse in New York. Mary Jane has a good laugh about it.

The Amazing Spider-Man #262 (1985)

“Trade Secret!”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Bob Layton
Artist: Bob Layton

A photographer stumbles into a room where Spider-Man is changing out of his clothes and takes a picture of the unmasked Spidey. Spider-Man hunts him down and scares him into giving up the negatives.

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