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.


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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