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

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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!


At the end of The Amazing Spider-man #251, we see Spidey disappear into a giant spaceship (or something) in Central Park. This issue begins with newspapers reporting that nearly all of the Marvel super heroes have been missing for a few weeks – and nobody knows where they are. Suddenly the spaceship reappears in Central Park and out jumps Spider-man wearing a new black suit with a white spider on it! He is helping the one-armed Dr. Conners and as soon as the other super heroes return Spidey helps the doc get back home to his worried family. Peter begins to learn that his new suit has all kinds of special abilities – like responding to his thoughts! Anyway, as Spidey goes on patrol throughout the city, he feels really, really good – and ends up showing a couple of teenagers what a cool place New York City can be.

My 2 Cents:

  • Story: 4 stars – The strength of this story is really the new costume. It was cool to “learn” about its special abilities along with Peter.
  • Art: 3 stars – As seems to be par for this series, the art was mostly really good – except for a few scenes of weird body contortions! Oh, and the boy on the cover looks nothing like the boy in the actual story – wrong race in fact!
  • Fun Factor: 4 stars – Once again the new suit really holds up the story when it comes to fun. The mystery of it (especially since it would be several months before we learn how Spidey got it!) made for a great story!

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