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The Amazing Spider-Man #255
November 9th, 2013 by Rusty

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The Amazing Spider-Man #255 cover

The Amazing Spider-Man #255

Date: August 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: Ron Frenz, Josef Rubinstein, Joe Rosen and Glynis Wein
Notable Notes: Spidey battles the Black Fox, the Red Ghost and 3 super apes!

Scary Apes!

I find our primate cousins – gorillas, orangutans, monkeys – to be just fascinating! I love watching documentaries, like Nature on PBS, that follow these amazing, beautiful animals and reveal their world to us. Silver back gorillas are especially cool, and a little bit frightening too. I can’t imagine what it would be like to come across one of these beasts in the wild! In this issue we get to see a criminal who has to do his work with 3 of these apes watching his every move – and ready to make him pay the price should he mess up! Ulp!


Spider-Man #254 was a rather average issue, and this book is only marginally better. It begins with *someone* swinging into an apartment and beginning to steal stuff! Don’t worry, though, it isn’t Spidey – it’s the thief known as the Black Fox. Poor Fox, though, because he has been set up and is unknowingly robbing the house of the Red Ghost and his Super-Apes! They easily catch him, and force him to work for them – by stealing valuables which will then be sold to finance the Ghost’s latest expensive machine of super science: the Cosmicizer! (What does it do, you may ask? I don’t know – something about “cosmic rays” and making the Ghost more powerful… you know – typical super villain stuff.) Anyway, as the Black Fox and his ape escorts head off to burgle some valuables, we see Peter Parker doing laundry, not getting enough sleep and struggling to pay his demanding landlord. Oh, and we also glimpse his new black costume slithering around whilst uninhabited! Kinda creepy! Anyway, to make himself feel better he swings out into the city and comes across the Fox and the apes in the act of thievery! No problem though, our Spider hero handily (but narrowly) defeats them and incurs the wrath of the Red Ghost. Finally, we see a shadowy figure near the recently stolen Battle Wagon who is itching for a fight with Spider-Man, but who could it be? Guess we’ll have to wait until next issue to find out.

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 3 stars – Still an average story, with the reader watching Peter lament his woeful existence, and then fight some second string villains. At least this one didn’t have as much of an awful recap as last issue did.
  • Art: 3 stars – Another issue full of average ’80s art. I did like the drawings of the Black Fox, though. His old, elongated form and expressions of surprise and terror were easily the best part of this book!
  • Fun Factor: 4 stars – I’m giving this an extra star because this is the first time I’ve come across all these villains – and I really enjoyed reading about their mediocre efforts! The 3 super apes were the most fun of these characters, though.

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