Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

John Romita Jr.

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The Amazing Spider-Man #291 (1987)

“Dark Journey!”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: John Romita Jr.

Mary Jane says she doesn’t know and flies to Pittsburgh to deal with a family matter. Alistair Smythe sends a Spider Slayer after Spider-Man, but fails to kill him. Peter gets a call from MJ, saying she was wrong and she needs him and she asks him to come to Pittsburgh to help her. Alistair Smythe tracks Peter to the airport via gas from their battle and then buys a ticket for the next flight to Pittsburgh.

The Amazing Spider-Man #290 (1987)

“The Big Question”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: David Michelinie
Artist: John Romita Jr.

Even though a lot of things in Peter’s life are going well, and he’s finally completely accepted his role as Spider-Man, he still feels incomplete and unhappy. Something’s missing. After much deliberation and soul searching, he realizes that he needs a woman. A wife. Somebody that he can confide in and somebody who knows him as well as he knows himself. Someone he can talk to about being Spider-Man. That really only leaves one option. And so he asks Mary Jane Watson to marry him.

The Amazing Spider-Man #250 (1984)

“Confessions!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Roger Stern
Artists: John Romita Jr. & Klaus Janson

Spider-Man tracks down Hobgoblin and fights him until there’s a huge explosion. Jameson types up a confession that he was responsible for creating the Scorpion and sends it to be printed on page one.

The Amazing Spider-Man #249 (1984)

“Secrets!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Roger Stern
Artist: John Romita Jr.

The Hobgoblin blackmails a bunch of people using the info he got from Norman Osborn’s journals. Spider-Man fights Hobgoblin but gets knocked out with some Spider-sense killing gas. Kingpin wants to help Spider-Man defeat Hobgoblin, because he might interfere with business later.

The Amazing Spider-Man #248 (1984)

“And He Strikes Like a Thunderball” & “The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man”

Rating: 4/5

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.

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