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

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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…


Last issue, in The Amazing Spider-man #250, we (the readers) did *not* learn the secret identity of the Hobgoblin, so I was hoping this issue would give us that insight. Alas, it was not to be. Instead we are treated to one, big, long fight scene. It begins in the exploded warehouse, where Spidey and the Hobgoblin are hurt and exhausted, but they still pummel each other. Then the fight takes on more action as Hobby gets in his armor plated vehicle and drives out, only to have Spider-man latch on to it. Their fight continues at 90 mph as they careen through the streets of New York City. Spidey’s spider-sense finally returns, and as he gets the upper hand in the fight their vehicle plummets into the sea. As Spider-man tries to save Hobgoblin from drowning, the vehicle explodes and the villain is lost. His mask survives, but is he dead? Is he gone? Sadly, no one knows. Oh yeah, one last thing, Spider-man heads over to Central Park where he finds a mysterious, giant spaceship / monument, and as he investigates he is plucked out of reality. Oh no! (This is conveniently followed by an ad for Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1.)

My 2 Cents:

  • I was quite disappointed with the ending – especially not finding out the identity of the Hobgoblin! Apparently, it took many years and quite a bit of story telling to get his identity straight.
  • The art was once again a mixed bag. I’m not sure if it was the low quality printing process, or the artist’s drawings, but there were a few panels that were not very good.
  • OK, the story was fun to read – but that was because I was expecting the big reveal. After being let down I realized it was really just one big fight scene. Ho-hum.

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 3 stars
  • Art: 3 stars
  • Fun Factor: 4 stars

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