Gary Shawtown Taylor:
Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #58
Issue(s): Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #58
This issue features the Ringer as the main bad guy.
He's forcibly drafted by the Beetle to attack Spider-Man.
The purpose of the attack from the Beetle's point of view is simply to record data on Spider-Man's fighting style, but the Ringer doesn't know that. The Beetle is treated as a real top-level villain in this issue, at least relative to the Ringer, who is depicted as a joke.
The Ringer previously appeared as an anti-capitalist thief who tried to steal from Kyle Richmond. He's just a high level thief and he knows it and he doesn't want anything to do with super-heroes. He's only attacking Spider-Man because the Beetle is forcing him to. Still, it's quite funny to see Spider-Man fighting someone that he can handle so easily. Spider-Man even takes a break from the fight to go on a date with Debra Whitman.
He's finally mending his relationship with Debra and treating her like a human being.
The Beetle previews his new costume this issue. His original was so bizarre that it's kind of a shame to abandon it, but the new one is definitely more practical. I didn't realize that John Byrne was responsible for its design (at least i assume that's the case).
Also in this issue, Peter Parker gets a new student. Greg Salinger. He's actually the Foolkiller, so his complaints about the "fools at registration" are a concern.
And there's a coda to the plot with Marcy Kane and the head coverings, as the other TA sand their professor pass judgement on Steve Hopkins for exposing her secret.
Fun stuff. This book goes from a "good, but..." to a top quality book when John Byrne is added on art.
Quality Rating: B+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
Characters on bottom of first page: Crazy Harry from "Funky Winkerbean" and Zonker Harris and Mike Doonesbury from "Doonesbury".
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