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The Amazing Spider-man #248
March 7th, 2013 by Rusty

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The Amazing Spider-man #248 cover

The Amazing Spider-man #248

Date: January 1984
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2013 Price Range: $1 – $10, depending on condition
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads, Bullpen Bulletins and “The Spider’s Web” letters page.
Writer: Roger Stern
Artists: John Romita Jr., Ron Frenz, Brett Breeding, Diana Albers, Bob Sharen, Terry Austin, Joe Rosen, Christie Scheele
Notable Notes: A double story issue!

Newspaper Clippings?

I feel kind of bad for the younger readers who may not truly understand the references to magazine and newspaper clippings. It seems that is an all-but-vanished art in this age of electronic media. Did you ever clip articles about anybody or anything? I did – and I remember cutting pictures out of magazines to hang on my bedroom walls too! That’s not something you really see now-a-days. Oh well, in all reality there probably won’t be too many younger readers reading this comic book anyway – and that is even more sad.


“And He Strikes Like Thunderball”Spider-man #247 ended with Spidey facing off against Thunderball – which is right where this issue picks up… well, at least the first half of this issue anyway. The first 11 pages are pretty much one big fight scene between Spider-man and Thunderball, and end up with Spidey’s clever intellect proving useful as he tries to take down the villain.

“The Kid Who Collects Spider-man” – the last half of the book was pretty much just a filler story about a 9 year old boy who is such a fan of Spidey that he collects all kinds of newspaper articles about him. When Spider-man learns of this young fan he goes to visit him and eventually ends up telling the kid all his secrets – even letting slip his secret identity! No problem though, because the boy promises not to tell anyone – and we’re pretty sure he won’t either because it is revealed that he has terminal leukemia. Oh – now I’ve gone and spoiled it for you… sorry.

My 2 Cents:

  • Really this issue just contains 2 mediocre stories. Neither one of them did much for me: the first one was all action and not much story, and the second one was just too over-the-top in the sentimental department. This was kind of a let down after the previous issues – which I really enjoyed.
  • John Romita’s art in the first story was really good – as usual. But some of the art and dialogue in the second story was kind of weird, and frankly made Spider-man look like creepy pervert!
  • I like to read comics that are… you know – fun. This issue just really lacked in that department. Hopefully the next issue will get back to the main Hobgoblin story.

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 2 stars
  • Art: 3 stars
  • Fun Factor: 2 stars

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