Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

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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.

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #17 (1983)

“Heroes and Villains”

Rating: 3/5

Writers: Roger Stern & Bill Mantlo
Artist: Ed Hannigan

Peter goes to a high school reunion and discovers some of his former classmates have gotten mixed up with the mob. As Spider-Man he helps out a guy who helped him out back when he was Puny Parker who got picked on.

The Amazing Spider-Man #247 (1983)

“Interruptions”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Roger Stern
Artist: John Romita Jr.

Spider-Man finds out about some gangs plans to steal something from an armored car. Frog-Man interrupts when Spider-Man tries to take down the gang and they get away. When he catches up with them, he finds out that Thunderball stole a crowbar that gives him back his power.

The Amazing Spider-Man #246 (1983)

“The Daydreamers!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Roger Stern
Artist: John Romita Jr.

The whole issue is a collection of daydreams by the main characters, observed by The Watcher. Black Cat dreams that she and Spider-Man complete a government espionage ploy and when he removes his mask, he’s Cary Grant. Jameson dreams that he beats up Spider-Man and gets him to confess he’s no hero. Mary Jane dreams that her life story is a play on Broadway and she plays the lead part. Spider-Man dreams that he save Jameson and gets a picture of Jameson kissing his feet and wins a pulitzer prize for the picture. Then receives an honorary doctorate for creating a formula that cures everything. Then he gets chosen to be in the Avengers and Fantastic Four, but is cast aside when they discover he’s just some kid. Then Spider-Man (in real life) saves some kid from bullies.

The Amazing Spider-Man #245 (1983)

“Sacrifice Play!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Roger Stern
Artist: John Romita Jr.

While trying to find Lefty Donovan, Spider-Man is called out by the Hobgoblin. They fight for a while. Spider-Man takes off Hobgoblin’s mask and it’s Lefty. Lefty spouts something about his boss, and it turns out that the real Hobgoblin just wanted to see the effects of Osborn’s strength enhancing formula before testing them himself. Lefty dies from the glider he’s on crashing into a building via remote control by the real Hobgoblin.

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