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The Amazing Spider-Man #257
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March 30th, 2014 by Rusty

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The Amazing Spider-Man #257 cover

The Amazing Spider-Man #257

Date: October 1984
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2014 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 Christie Scheele
Notable Notes: Puma, Black Cat, MJ and The Rose all make amazing discoveries!

A Classy Villain!

Most villains are real scum-bags and jerks – but not Puma. No, he is a real class act! In this issue we see him take it easy on the Lady Heroes, give Spider-man time to recuperate, shower between fights, dry clean his costume and have second thoughts about killing Spidey. Wow – if only all such villains were so thoughtful and considerate. Remember kids – you too can be a classy villain!

Synopsis:

Last issue ended with Spider-man about to be finished off by the new villain Puma. This issue begins with Puma about to kill Spidey when he is suddenly attacked by Black Cat! Besides being Peter’s current flame, the Cat has some bad luck powers that help her temporarily defeat that other furry feline. She helps Spider-man back to his apartment (which she thinks is a dump, by the way) and the two of them question the motives of the black costume when it slithers off of Peter and drapes itself over a chair. Meanwhile the Kingpin of Crime learns that The Rose has a contract out on Spider-man – and he doesn’t like that one bit! He summons the flowery fellow to a meeting and sets him straight. But before The Rose can call off Puma’s contract the villain attacks Peter in his apartment – while MJ is visiting! Luckily Peter gets her out of harm’s way and then leads Puma out of his abode where they rumble on the roof tops and nearly fall to their death. No one “wins” and Puma soon finds out that he isn’t needed anymore. The issue ends with not one but two surprises: Hobgoblin offering his help to The Rose, and MJ admitting to Peter that she has known for years that he is Spider-man! Whoa – I didn’t see either one of those coming!

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 4 stars – Admittedly most of the story is average for the time. I’m giving it an extra star, however, because of the two bombshells dropped at the very end – those were cool!
  • Art: 3 stars – The art was adequate, but not great. Black Cat and MJ sure looked hot though!
  • Fun Factor: 3 stars – Again, this was an average good time. The 2 surprises at the end helped pique my curiosity, but then the story was over!

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