I was wondering, what was your first issue/exposure of Spider-Man?
My first Spider-Man issue was #191:
Part 1 of a two-part story by Wolfman with art by Pollard. Jonah is upset over the presumed death of his son and of course, blames Spidey. He approaches Professor Spencer Smythe about creating another Spider-slayer. Smythe already has, unleashing it upon Spidey to Jonah's pleasure, which is short-lived when he learns that Smythe has planned this as a trap not only for Spidey, but for Jonah as well!
I can't remember how or where I got this issue, but I've read and re-read it as a child that today, a few pages are kinda loose. It was a fun issue, the spider-slayer had a slightly creepy look to it, and it gives Peter a decent run for his money. The cliffhanger page, of Spidey and Jonah being handcuffed together via a bomb was very good. Though now that I think about it, I need to get #192 to see how this story ends! :lol:
What a great Pollard cover! I think its only weakness, in fact, is in the coloring. The white background behind the logo somehow makes it feel less substantial or less "finished", y'know? Darken the building roofs a bit-- maybe give them a distinct finish point-- and then maybe make all of that a light blue? I believe I remember issue #192 pretty well, MB. There's a good bit of the ol' "trapped w/ Jonah" (which we've seen a number of times before) dynamic going on, and the exchange between them has a particularly good real-life dialog feel to it. Jonah is stunned to discover that Spidey is adept in scientific/engineering matters, too, IIRC.
Beyond lots of random early reprints (Collector's Item Classics and such) of random early Spidey stories, I do believe the first "run" that I read with a sense of on-going continuity started w/ issue #65 and went through #80 or #81. So of course, this was a Spidey Hey-Day for me. Ya got yer Kingping, yer Man-Mountain Marko, and a particularly long (and ultimately chilling) arc that featured some doofy "tablets" and a youth formula and the demise of Silvermane-- which bled right into another fine go-round with the Lizard-- and ultimately ends with a really great issue (with the BEST JJJ comeupance ever!) #80, with the Chameleon. I believe that issue's the first time we ever see Spidey partially lift a car-- curls the rear end, actually-- and my buddy Bryan and I thought that was AWWWWWWWWSOME!!!
What's funny is that, while the actual immediate plots are about as hokey as ever, you never notice because the facility with the dialog and characters is just great, and the pacing is exactly the right kind of breathless. And the art, of course, is beyond reproach throughout. When I think of Romita's Spiderman, this is the exact, wonderful run that comes to my mind.
Last Edit: Jul 8, 2015 7:43:24 GMT -5 by humanbelly
My first memories of Spidey were from the Electric Company (google it) and I remember being FASCINATED with my Marvel COLORFORMS set which included Spidey.
My first Spidey comic book was Peter Parker #90. I STILL love the plot-device of Black Cat being in love with Spider-man, but not plain-old Peter Parker. Another great disappointment for poor Peter Parker!
and Peter Parker #91 featured Spidey and Black Cat vs THE BLOB! Man, I miss the good old days of comics!
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This would be the first one I remember. I still remember being caught up in the intrigue. What a dilemma. Imagine having to choose which of the people closest to you to try to save from your crazy best friend. I was hooked for life. That's still a great issue.
Also, MB - I read issue not too long ago. I have been reading Spidey from the start. SF - I'm also up those issues. I'm just where Felicia has come back into his life and Debra Whitman has departed. If only I could buy new stuff that would fill my heart with such joy but thank goodness old stories don't go away.
Post by Marvel Boy on Jul 10, 2015 10:25:41 GMT -5
@starfoxx - Yeah, I remember the Electric Company, with Morgan Freeman and Spidey's appearances on the show. His theme song on that show was quite catchy, as I recall.
I really didn't start following Spidey till Stern started writing, around the time the Hobgoblin first appeared. Until then, it was just sporadic issues that I acquired in various ways.
Another favorite solo issue of mine is #219:
Story by O'Neill with art by Luke McDonnell, I didn't find out till years later that Miller drew the cover.
Peter infiltrates Ryker's Island prison to uncover why so many super-villains have escaped recently, only to become incarcerated himself thanks to the machinations of the Grey Gargoyle. But when your lawyer is Matt Murdock, Peter is soon freed and it's up to Spidey to find the proof needed to clear Parker's name.
Another great Done-In-One story, I don't recall seeing much of McDonnell's art elsewhere but his work here was fine.
I recall that the Spidey sequences on Electric Company were kind of weird because Spidey NEVER spoke, they used thought bubbles, I think. And the villains were cheesier than the ones in the Hostess ads......I think he fought a livng brick wall one time.
I'll have to check youtube for some archival footage......