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The Amazing Spider-Man #291
January 4th, 2016 by Rusty

The Amazing Spider-Man #291 cover

The Amazing Spider-Man #291

Date: August 1987
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: 75¢
Stats: 24 color pages plus ads
Writer: David Michelinie
Artists: John Romita, Jr., Vince Colletta, Rick Parker and George Roussos
Notable Notes: MJ in Pittsburgh and the Spider-Slayer in New York!

What is this?!

For the most part I love older comics from the 1970s and 1980s. But I gotta admit that there are some really stupid ideas in some of them! This issue is a case in point, what with the stupid elongating robot and the stereo-typical angry villain. Oh well, I guess you gotta take the bad in order to appreciate the good, right? Right?!

Synopsis:

Last issue ended with Peter popping the question to Mary Jane, and this issue opens with a full page panel of her saying “No!” Ha – that was kind of funny! In her defense, MJ was in the middle of leaving when Peter asked, and they have been “just friends” for a while – so I can’t see how he would be surprised. Anyway, she says it is quite sudden and that she will think about it, then goes off to Pittsburgh to see her sister while Peter is left feeling pretty bad. To work off his frustrations Peter goes out on the town in his black costume, and is quickly attacked by a lanky robot called the Spider-Slayer! It turns out some villain, who is the son of a Spider villain, and who was crippled in a previous scuffle with the web-slinger, has created some sort of non-stick, expandable, metal, robotic suit to help him get revenge on Spider-man. He attacks and renders our hero useless… but a nearby construction worker saves Spidey and the robot slips away ’til another day. Drat! Meanwhile MJ discovers that her sister in Pittsburgh is in jail, and she calls for Peter’s help – which he obligingly gives and then promptly flies off to see her.

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 3 stars – Just like last issue, the story here wasn’t anything special. It was corny in places, but at least Peter and MJ were trying to work out some issues.
  • Art: 3 stars – This was pretty much an average art issue, too. John Romita Jr. does an overall good job, and his MJ is really quite beautiful – a nice contrast to 80s-hipster-Peter!
  • Fun Factor: 2 stars – Ugh, this issue didn’t really address what I was most hoping it would: are they going to get married or not? It was frustrating to read an entire third-rate story and not get any closer to answering the real question.

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