Tuesday, January 18, 2011

WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #64 - May 1990

Once More with Feeling

Credits: Gerry Conway (writer), Alex Saviuk (penciler), Keith Williams (inker), Rick Parker (letterer), Bob Sharen (colorist)

The Plot: The Chameleon hires Graviton, Titania, the Brothers Grimm, Trapster, and Goliath to kill Spider-Man. Graviton draws Spider-Man out by levitating the Daily Bugle building, but Spider-Man narrowly avoids defeat by turning his opponents’ powers against one another. Graviton responds by using his powers to send Spider-Man a thousand feet into the sky.

The Subplots: When Nick Katzenberg informs Jonah Jameson and Robbie Robertson that Peter Parker faked a Spider-Man photo shoot, Robbie refuses to work with Peter again. When Peter later slams Katzenberg against a wall, Katzenberg declares their feud is now personal.

Web of Continuity: Jonah and Robbie are now working at their new venture, J. Jonah Jameson Publications, Inc. following Jonah’s forced departure from the Bugle.

*See _________ For Details: Graviton previously lifted the Daily Bugle into the sky in Amazing Spider-Man #326.

I Love the ‘90s: A Daily Bugle ad declares Spider-Man “A ‘90s Kind of Hero.”

Miscellaneous Note: The Statement of Ownership has average yearly sales at 199,360 copies, with the most recent issue selling 207,300.

Review: The gimmick behind the Spidey chapters of the “Acts of Vengeance” crossover was that Spider-Man had an assortment of new powers to deal with, just as a new group of villains targeted him as a part of the “trade a hero” scheme. Now that Spidey’s lost the powers, Conway goes the rather obvious route and forces the hero to fight the same villains again. It’s a strong challenge that does strain credibility a bit, but no further than any Sinister Six story does, really. Also, Magneto (who appeared in one of the Amazing Spider-Man “Acts” issues) isn’t involved with this revenge scheme, so Spider-Man’s chances aren’t totally null. The cliffhanger is fun, and I’m glad Robbie Robertson’s storyline isn’t over yet.

2 comments:

scarves said...

Scarves Scarves
Thanks so much for your blog, and Happy Holidays

Adam Farrar said...

I think it's a fun idea to bring back the same challenge with different circumstances for an issue (or two?). And I had completely forgotten about that great little caption box "The Non-Mutant Superhero". I loved that joke!

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