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The Amazing Spider-Man #290
December 28th, 2015 by Rusty

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The Amazing Spider-Man #290 cover

The Amazing Spider-Man #290

Date: July 1987
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: 75¢
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads and Bullpen Bulletins
Writer: David Michelinie
Artists: John Romita, Jr., Vince Colletta, Rick Parker and Bob Sharen
Notable Notes: Peter proposes to MJ!

Eternal love… or a ball-and-chain?

There are many ways to view marriage in the real world, but I’m not so convinced that it is such a good thing in the lives of comic book super heroes. It seems like the only married couple that has gone over well is the Fantastic Four’s Sue Storm and Reed Richards. Yes, I know it has been almost 30 years since Peter and MJ tied the knot, and I didn’t follow their marital events at all, but does anybody think it was a good idea for them to get married? Maybe. I decided to look at the beginning of that comic event and see how I really felt about it.


This issue starts out with Peter feeling like there is something missing in his life, and trying to force himself to be happy. But it’s just not working, even after he helps the mayor avert a disaster – so he heads over to see Mary Jane. They are all friendly and chit-chatty, but eventually MJ figures out that Peter is feeling unfulfilled, so she suggest he goes to see his Aunt May. He does just that, and while there discovers that his prize microscope has been donated to a charity auction! Well he rushes off to try and reclaim it, and in the process he stops a bigger crime as well as comes to a realization: he has been so focused on being Spider-man that he has been neglecting what Peter Parker needs. He vows that’s all about to change, and he heads to Mary Jane’s apartment, where on the last page of book he pops THE big question! (But we’ll have to wait until next issue to find out what her answer will be!)

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 3 stars – Honestly, the story line in this issue wasn’t all that great, it was really the last page that made the book.
  • Art: 3 stars – JR Jr. does a nice job with the art, but there really isn’t anything too exciting to draw in this issue – except MJ, and he does a fine job with her!
  • Fun Factor: 3 stars – Once again, if it hadn’t been for the last page then this book would have been just an average super hero comic.

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