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

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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!

Synopsis:

The Amazing Spider-man #249 kicked off a 3-issue arc in which Spider-man battles with, tracks down, and (supposedly) figures out who this Hobgoblin villain really is! This issue starts with Spidey, who just lost his spider-sense, in the midst of a bunch of angry businessmen who were just blackmailed. They try to take out their anger on him, but he gives them the slip and spends some time talking to Harry to see if the 2 of them can determine who the Hobgoblin really is. They can’t… so Pete suits up, sneaks past his land-lady, and visits a bunch of the men he saw at the club earlier. None of them are very helpful (could they possibly be scared of a crazy, pumpkin-throwin’ villain?) but he does get a sorrowful confession out of J. Jonah Jameson! Anyway, after resorting to an old tracking-receiver device, Spider-man finally finds the Hobgoblin in his crazy, gun-laden lab. After some fisticuffs and lots of shooting the building explodes and we are left wondering what happened to Spidey… and also why we didn’t discover Hobgoblin’s secret identity.

My 2 Cents:

  • I love John Romita’s art – but he wasn’t the only one drawing this issue, consequently we are exposed to some really weird drawings of big, misshapen heads! Anyway, Harry’s crazy hair aside, most of the art in this issue was really good.
  • Juicy, juicy secrets abound in this issue! I loved the mystery of trying to find out who the Hobgoblin was, and everywhere that leads Peter. J. Jonah Jameson’s confession was the best!
  • Yeah, I felt a little bit ripped-off that issue #250 didn’t expose the true identity of the Hobgoblin. But, as the book says, there wasn’t a rule stating it had to happen this issue. However, I’ll bet that people who bought this issue 29 years ago were probably pretty angry at Marvel’s little non-event!

How I Rate This Issue:

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

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