Amazing Spider-Man #224
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #224
Stern starts off by having Aunt May's fiance Nate Lubenski accidentally give the Vulture a new lease on life by having a conversation with him about the fact that getting older doesn't mean giving up on living.
The Vulture escapes from the hospital...
...where he's been kept since Spider-Man last captured him and where Nate is getting physical therapy (yes, they seem to let the prisoners mingle with the regular patients) and goes on a massive crime spree that lasts "days" without Spider-Man being able to catch up with him. But he's taken up residence at May & Nate's retirement home, and when Peter comes to visit he recognizes him.
The Vulture and Spidey fight...
...but the Vulture ultimately gets away after choosing to spare Nate's life.
Nothing substantially different than Stern's Spectacular run, but JRJR's still early art is nice (even if his Aunt May is a little too decrepit looking).
I know this sort of thing is bound to happen, but there's a letter in the lettercol speculating about what would happen if it turned out that it was actually the clone from Amazing Spider-Man #149 that survived.
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (4): showAunt May, J. Jonah Jameson, Joe 'Robbie' Robertson, Lance Bannon, Nate Lubenski, Spider-Man, Vulture
didn't Vulture kill Nate during the "return of the sinister six" in the early 90's?
Posted by: Russell white | September 14, 2013 10:29 PM
Yes, because Michelinie forgot that Vulture and Nathan knew each other. DeMatteis later dealt with Vulture's guilt in a later story.
Posted by: Michael | September 14, 2013 11:03 PM
Aunt May looking decrepit before Ultimate Spider-Man? NO!
This was a fun issue I love the Vulture getting some good runs from Stern.
Posted by: david banes | March 15, 2015 12:58 AM
That opening splash of Peter properly conveys my own feelings when moving from the O'Neil ASM run to Stern's run.
Posted by: TCP | April 20, 2015 10:35 AM
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