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The Amazing Spider-Man #254
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September 28th, 2013 by Rusty

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The Amazing Spider-Man #254 cover

The Amazing Spider-Man #254

Date: July 1984
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2013 Price Range: $1.00 – $10.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads, Bullpen Bulletins and “The Spider’s Web” letters page
Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artists: Rick Leonardi, Josef Rubinstein, Joe Rosen and Christie Scheele
Notable Notes: Hobgoblin’s Battle Wagon is retrieved… then stolen!

Isn’t It Ironic?

Yep, just like the Alanis Morissette song, some pretty ironic things happen in this issue of our favorite web-crawler! To begin with Hobgoblin’s vehicle is stolen right after the authorities retrieve it. Also, Peter is trying to be the bigger person and apologize to his aunt, who is acting like him! Sheesh – will the craziness never end!

Synopsis:

Last issue was really cool, but it didn’t have anything to do with the Hobgoblin story line. This issue we get another glimpse into the mysterious Hobgoblin mystery that has been plaguing Spidey for some time now. It begins as Spider-man watches city officials haul Hobgoblin’s Battle Wagon out of the Hudson. Well no sooner do they try to take it down to police HQ than someone tries to steal it! During this time what is Peter doing? He is trying to call his Aunt May and explain to her why he dropped out of grad school – but she’ll have none of it, and in fact won’t even talk to him. (Now who’s being stubborn huh?) Anyway, Aunt May’s new boyfriend tries to patch things up between them by setting up a clandestine meeting, but Peter has to take a rain-check as he is hot on the heels of the Battle Wagon stealers! Just as he thinks he has figured out that the Hobgoblin is behind the theft, he finds out that it is really Jack O’Lantern – who is looking very Hobgoblin-ish flying around with his pumpkin head! Anyway, Spider-man battles with ol’ Jacky and his cronies in a toy store, which causes him to miss the important meeting with Aunt May. Poor Peter… poor, poor Peter – now May’s boyfriend is angry with him too!

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 3 stars – Meh… just an average story. Some of it was cool, but I didn’t like that so much of it was spent explaining events that had happened just a few issues ago. Minus 1 star for the unnecessary re-cap. 🙁
  • Art: 3 stars – Also average. The best part was during the battle in the toy store when they knock over some G.I. Joe toys! A subtle ad for Marvel’s G.I. Joe comics, perhaps?
  • Fun Factor: 3 stars – what looked like it could be a cool, exciting issue kind of turned out to be a dud with too many re-cap scenes and a second rate villain masquerading as Hobgoblin.

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