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The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21
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January 18th, 2016 by Rusty

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The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21 cover

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21

Date: 1987
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $1.25
Stats: 43 color pages plus ads
Writers: Jim Shooter, David Michelinie
Artists: Paul Ryan, Vince Colletta, Rick Parker and Bob Sharen
Notable Notes: Peter and MJ get married!

Cold Feet?

Hey, I’ll admit that my feet started to get cold before my wedding. It was a big commitment, and as the day got closer and closer I got more and more nervous. Luckily I had some good friends that helped me stay the course, and now I have been married for nearly 20 years! But I never thought of how a super hero would get nervous before his or her wedding – at least until I read this issue. It gives me a new kind of respect for those that are married. This issue deals with a lot of concerns that Spider-man has going into his marriage – and he ends up handling them pretty well I think!

Synopsis:

In The Amazing Spider-man #292 Mary Jane finally agrees to marry Peter Parker. This issue begins with Spider-man swinging around NYC looking for situations where he can help out. Well, he finds just that when he happens on his old foe, Electro! After taking care of that, and a few other situations, Peter returns to his apartment where he meets up with Mary Jane and they continue working on their wedding plans. The actual wedding is only a few days away, but there are still a lot of things that need to be done. First, Peter is given a party (and a bonus!) by the Daily Bugle staff, then he picks up the ring for MJ, then she gets a one-of-a-kind designer dress from Willi Smith and then Peter and MJ tell their aunts about their wedding plans. Whew! Everything seems to be going as planned, except that both Peter and Mary Jane are both getting colder and colder feet as the wedding approaches. That’s not good! Peter is mostly worried that MJ won’t be safe from Spider-man’s enemies (a just concern, given what happened to Gwen Stacy!) and Mary Jane is concerned about giving up her lavish lifestyle to be a wife. Well, after a couple of parties, some well timed advice from good friends, and a villain-laced nightmare the actual wedding day finally arrives! Both MJ and Peter are late to the ceremony, but they affirm their commitment to each other and the wedding goes as planned – hooray! The happy couple honeymoons in Paris (which apparently takes place in Spectacular Spider-man Annual #7, which I don’t have – sheesh!) and then they return home to live happily ever after… at least until next month!

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 4 stars – I actually think that the pre-wedding issues and jitters were handled really well in this comic. My only nit-pick with the story is that it turns into a lot of dialogue about feelings and stuff – which was fine, but a little less would have been nicer.
  • Art: 4 stars – Just like last issue, this one wasn’t drawn by JR Jr. – instead it was by someone I didn’t know, and it turned out quite good! The city scenes and wedding scenes were really cool!
  • Fun Factor: 4 stars – This was more fun to read than I thought it would be! I liked the action in the first part, and I enjoyed all the drama leading up to the wedding. Plus, it was a big deal in the life of one of my favorite comic characters – so how could I not like it?!

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