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

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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!


After last issue’s two sub-par stories, this one finally gets back to the Hobgoblin story-line. It begins with Peter Parker attending a house warming party for Harry and Liz Osborn in a nice New Jersey suburb. There, among several beautiful and scantily clad women, he runs into his old flame Mary Jane. As the two of them reminisce Peter’s spider sense keeps going on and off, and when Harry receives a blackmail threat from an anonymous source Peter steps in to help resolve the matter. The two of them go where the note tells them to go (a ritzy New York club) only to find several other men who are being blackmailed also. When the perpetrator (the Hobgoblin) finally shows up to begin extracting money from these tasty secrets, Spider-man tries to put “Hobby” in his place. Uh-oh! The Hobgoblin takes Spidey down and as he’s about to deliver a final death blow who intervenes to save the web-slinger? The Kingpin that’s who! It’s not every day you see a big, fat, crime lord save Spider-man from his enemies!

My 2 Cents:

  • It was great to see the Hobgoblin mystery back in action! This was an excellent and totally fun story in which nearly everybody tries to figure out who is behind the Hobgoblin’s mask.
  • Despite a few minor head-scratching scenes, John Romita Jr’s art was once again superb – even by today’s standards!
  • Wow – this issue was full of things that really threw the reader off! Two different Hobgoblins face off against Harry? The Kingpin saves Spidey? J. Jonah Jameson admits to a big mistake? An absolutely delightful read!

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 5 stars
  • Art: 4 stars
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars

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