Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Roger Stern

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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.

The Amazing Spider-Man #252 (1984)

“Homecoming!”

Rating: 3/5

Writers: Roger Stern & Tom DeFalco
Artist: Ron Frenz

Spider-Man comes home from the Secret Wars in a new black suit. He realizes that it obeys his thoughts.

The Amazing Spider-Man #251 (1984)

“Endings!”

Rating: 4/5

Writers: Roger Stern & Tom DeFalco
Artist: Ron Frenz

As his warehouse burns down, Hobgoblin drives out in his armored van. Spider-Man hitches a ride and fight Hobby until they crash into the Hudson River. The van self destructs and there’s no trace of Hobgoblin save for his mask. Jameson steps down as editor-in-chief of the Daily Bugle, but remains publisher. Spider-Man is led into Central Park to some big structure that carries him into another galaxy to partake in an adventure that takes place in a mini series called “Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars”.

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.

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