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The Amazing Spider-Man #300
Sep 22nd, 2017 by Rusty

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #300 cover

The Amazing Spider-Man #300

Date: May 1988
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $1.50
2017 Price Range: $9 – $160
Stats: 40 color pages plus ads and house columns
Writer: David Michelinie
Artists: Todd McFarlane, Rick Parker and Bob Sharen
Notable Notes: First full appearance of Venom!

New Costume or an Alien?

I was a young, comic reading teenager in the mid 1980s, and I remember when Spider-man got his new black costume. I got caught up in the first, original Secret Wars series and thought Spidey’s new costume was pretty cool – especially given how it could read his thoughts and transform itself into different types of clothing. But then I became “too grown up” to read comic books, and so fell away for about a decade. When I came back, however, I was really surprised to see that his black costume was now a separate villain know as Venom. It took me a long while to piece together what had really happened (remember, this was back before Wikipedia!) and when I finally did I had mixed feelings about Venom. Anyway, I recently decided to go back and read this classic comic book and see the beginning of the villain known as Venom.

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The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21
Jan 18th, 2016 by Rusty

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21 cover

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21

Date: 1987
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $1.25
Stats: 43 color pages plus ads
Writers: Jim Shooter, David Michelinie
Artists: Paul Ryan, Vince Colletta, Rick Parker and Bob Sharen
Notable Notes: Peter and MJ get married!

Cold Feet?

Hey, I’ll admit that my feet started to get cold before my wedding. It was a big commitment, and as the day got closer and closer I got more and more nervous. Luckily I had some good friends that helped me stay the course, and now I have been married for nearly 20 years! But I never thought of how a super hero would get nervous before his or her wedding – at least until I read this issue. It gives me a new kind of respect for those that are married. This issue deals with a lot of concerns that Spider-man has going into his marriage – and he ends up handling them pretty well I think!

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The Amazing Spider-Man #292
Jan 11th, 2016 by Rusty

The Amazing Spider-Man #292 cover

The Amazing Spider-Man #292

Date: September 1987
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: 75¢
Stats: 23 color pages plus ads and Bullpen Bulletins
Writer: David Michelinie
Artists: Alex Saviuk, Vince Colletta, Rick Parker and George Roussos
Notable Notes: Spidey goes to Pittsburgh!

A New City!

I like to travel to new cities and places I’ve never seen before. And even though I’ve never been to Pittsburgh, it was fun to virtually visit that city as Peter and Mary Jane made their way past many of its sites! I think it is fun to see super heroes go to different places – as long as they don’t permanently stay there (I’m looking at you Daredevil in San Francisco!)

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The Amazing Spider-Man #291
Jan 4th, 2016 by Rusty

The Amazing Spider-Man #291 cover

The Amazing Spider-Man #291

Date: August 1987
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: 75¢
Stats: 24 color pages plus ads
Writer: David Michelinie
Artists: John Romita, Jr., Vince Colletta, Rick Parker and George Roussos
Notable Notes: MJ in Pittsburgh and the Spider-Slayer in New York!

What is this?!

For the most part I love older comics from the 1970s and 1980s. But I gotta admit that there are some really stupid ideas in some of them! This issue is a case in point, what with the stupid elongating robot and the stereo-typical angry villain. Oh well, I guess you gotta take the bad in order to appreciate the good, right? Right?!

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The Amazing Spider-Man #290
Dec 28th, 2015 by Rusty

The Amazing Spider-Man #290 cover

The Amazing Spider-Man #290

Date: July 1987
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: 75¢
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads and Bullpen Bulletins
Writer: David Michelinie
Artists: John Romita, Jr., Vince Colletta, Rick Parker and Bob Sharen
Notable Notes: Peter proposes to MJ!

Eternal love… or a ball-and-chain?

There are many ways to view marriage in the real world, but I’m not so convinced that it is such a good thing in the lives of comic book super heroes. It seems like the only married couple that has gone over well is the Fantastic Four’s Sue Storm and Reed Richards. Yes, I know it has been almost 30 years since Peter and MJ tied the knot, and I didn’t follow their marital events at all, but does anybody think it was a good idea for them to get married? Maybe. I decided to look at the beginning of that comic event and see how I really felt about it.

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The Amazing Spider-Man #257
Mar 30th, 2014 by Rusty

The Amazing Spider-Man #257 cover

The Amazing Spider-Man #257

Date: October 1984
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2014 Price Range: $1.00 – $10.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads, Bullpen Bulletins and “The Spider’s Web” letters page
Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artists: Ron Frenz, Josef Rubinstein, Joe Rosen and Christie Scheele
Notable Notes: Puma, Black Cat, MJ and The Rose all make amazing discoveries!

A Classy Villain!

Most villains are real scum-bags and jerks – but not Puma. No, he is a real class act! In this issue we see him take it easy on the Lady Heroes, give Spider-man time to recuperate, shower between fights, dry clean his costume and have second thoughts about killing Spidey. Wow – if only all such villains were so thoughtful and considerate. Remember kids – you too can be a classy villain!

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The Amazing Spider-Man #256
Feb 9th, 2014 by Rusty

The Amazing Spider-Man #256 cover

The Amazing Spider-Man #256

Date: September 1984
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2014 Price Range: $1.00 – $10.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads, Bullpen Bulletins and “The Spider’s Web” letters page
Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artists: Ron Frenz, Josef Rubinstein, Joe Rosen and Christie Scheele
Notable Notes: 1st appearance of Puma!

Inertia!

I always have a bit of a chuckle when I read Spider-man or Superman comics – you know, the part where our hero swoops in and catches somebody. It seems like the energy from a collision like that would seriously injure someone! Doesn’t it sometimes feel like the writers of these books never learned any real world physics? Yeah. Anyway, here is an issue where Spider-man learns about inertia the hard way: when he grabs onto a wall while falling! Yoink!

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The Amazing Spider-Man #255
Nov 9th, 2013 by Rusty

The Amazing Spider-Man #255 cover

The Amazing Spider-Man #255

Date: August 1984
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2013 Price Range: $1.00 – $10.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads, Bullpen Bulletins and “The Spider’s Web” letters page
Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artists: Ron Frenz, Josef Rubinstein, Joe Rosen and Glynis Wein
Notable Notes: Spidey battles the Black Fox, the Red Ghost and 3 super apes!

Scary Apes!

I find our primate cousins – gorillas, orangutans, monkeys – to be just fascinating! I love watching documentaries, like Nature on PBS, that follow these amazing, beautiful animals and reveal their world to us. Silver back gorillas are especially cool, and a little bit frightening too. I can’t imagine what it would be like to come across one of these beasts in the wild! In this issue we get to see a criminal who has to do his work with 3 of these apes watching his every move – and ready to make him pay the price should he mess up! Ulp!

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Daredevil #22 (Vol. 3)
Oct 14th, 2013 by Rusty

Daredevil #22 cover

Daredevil #22 (Vol. 3)

Date: March 2013
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
Stats: 21 color pages plus lots of house ads
Writer: Mark Waid
Artists: Chris Samnee, Javier Rodriguez, Joe Caramagna, Paolo Rivera
Notable Notes: Daredevil and Spider-Ock battle Stilt-man!

The Return of an Old, Old Enemy!

Ah Stilt-man, what a bizarre enemy for Daredevil to have! I mean, a man who has telescoping legs – really? Anyway, as I was reading this issue I realized that I have the actual issue in which Mr. Long-legs makes his first appearance! Maybe I’ll have to dig out my copy of Daredevil #8 and give it a read now that this crazy villain has made somewhat of a modern come-back!

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The Amazing Spider-Man #254
Sep 28th, 2013 by Rusty

The Amazing Spider-Man #254 cover

The Amazing Spider-Man #254

Date: July 1984
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2013 Price Range: $1.00 – $10.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads, Bullpen Bulletins and “The Spider’s Web” letters page
Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artists: Rick Leonardi, Josef Rubinstein, Joe Rosen and Christie Scheele
Notable Notes: Hobgoblin’s Battle Wagon is retrieved… then stolen!

Isn’t It Ironic?

Yep, just like the Alanis Morissette song, some pretty ironic things happen in this issue of our favorite web-crawler! To begin with Hobgoblin’s vehicle is stolen right after the authorities retrieve it. Also, Peter is trying to be the bigger person and apologize to his aunt, who is acting like him! Sheesh – will the craziness never end!

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The Amazing Spider-Man #253
Aug 10th, 2013 by Rusty

The Amazing Spider-Man #253 cover

The Amazing Spider-Man #253

Date: June 1984
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2013 Price Range: $2.00 – $15.00
Stats: 23 color pages plus ads and Bullpen Bulletins
Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artists: Rick Leonardi, Bill Anderson, Joe Rosen and Glynis Wein
Notable Notes: 1st appearance of The Rose!

Football in Comic Books?

I am a fan of major league football – especially the Oakland Raiders! This issue of Spider-Man has a story about a quarterback with a (fake) major league team – and I think that is the first time I’ve seen such a story in a comic book! It turned out to be a pretty good story, and served nicely to get me in the football mood for this fall. If you’re a fan of football and comics then this is an issue you won’t want to miss!

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The Amazing Spider-Man #252
Jul 6th, 2013 by Rusty

The Amazing Spider-Man #252 cover

The Amazing Spider-Man #252

Date: May 1984
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2013 Price Range: $5.00 – $70.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads, Bullpen Bulletins and “The Spider’s Web” letters page.
Writers: Roger Stern and Tom DeFalco
Artists: Ron Frenz, Brett Breeding, Joe Rosen, Glynis Wein
Notable Notes: Spider-Man dons new black costume!

Before Venom

I remember when Spider-man got his new black suit. It was cool and I totally enjoyed reading about it when I was a young teenager. Then I took a long hiatus from comic books and years later I had a difficult time wrapping my head around the concept of Venom. It took a while, but I finally got it. Anyway, I really enjoyed the black costume while Peter had it – and here is the first appearance (at least in a comic book) of that mysterious, alien suit!

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The Amazing Spider-Man #251
May 29th, 2013 by Rusty

The Amazing Spider-Man #251 cover

The Amazing Spider-Man #251

Date: April 1984
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2013 Price Range: $2.00 – $16.00
Stats: 21 color pages plus ads, Bullpen Bulletins and “The Spider’s Web” letters page.
Writers: Roger Stern and Tom DeFalco
Artists: Ron Frenz, Klaus Janson, Joe Rosen, Christie Scheele
Notable Notes: Hobgoblin dies (or does he?) without his identity revealed!

More Stringing Along…

Spider-man is a great character, but he sure does have trouble with the roller-coaster quality of his series! Here is another issue that I place on the “down side” in terms of quality and customer satisfaction. You decide if I’m over-reacting or not…

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The Amazing Spider-Man #250
May 2nd, 2013 by Rusty

The Amazing Spider-man #250 cover

The Amazing Spider-Man #250

Date: March 1984
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2013 Price Range: $2.00 – $16.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads, Bullpen Bulletins and “The Spider’s Web” letters page.
Writer: Roger Stern
Artists: John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson, Joe Rosen, C. Scheele
Notable Notes: Spidey tracks down Hobgoblin… old-school style!

Fun and Loathing in New York!

This comic had a few amusing little mis-directions in it! Take the cover, for instance – there were several things that struck me as funny, and which I doubt I’d see now-a-days. Check out the Hobgoblin icon in the top left corner – he’s saying “It’s great! Steal it!” What? I’d like to see a modern publisher put that on their cover! Or how about the fact that Marvel announces this issue as a “normal-sized 250th issue!” But my favorite is that line “Behold the face of Death! Behold… Hobgoblin!” Why? Because, sadly, you don’t really get to see the face of Hobgoblin in this issue! You can tell Marvel was having fun stringing their readers along on this storyline. Oh well, it’s still a great comic!

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The Amazing Spider-man #249
Apr 4th, 2013 by Rusty

The Amazing Spider-man #249 cover

The Amazing Spider-man #249

Date: February 1984
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2013 Price Range: $2.00 – $16.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads, Bullpen Bulletins and “The Spider’s Web” letters page.
Writer: Roger Stern
Artists: John Romita Jr., Dan Green, Joe Rosen, Bob Sharen
Notable Notes: The Kingpin saves Spider-man?!

A True Friend

Have you ever had a really good friend that has stood by you through thick and thin? One who knew the pain you’d been through and stuck with you through terrible mental anguish? Harry Osborn sure has a friend like that in Peter Parker! This issue shows what a good pal Peter is – and that is especially significant considering what will eventually happen!

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