Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #103
Issue(s): Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #103
The office politics surrounding Peter were too stupid to imagine. He was disliked largely on the strength that he worked for the late Carol Kalish, a very smart woman in charge of the sales department who clashed with Shooter on occasion. There was an incredibly stupid "us" and "them" mentality, and I came under great pressure from nearly everyone in Marvel Editorial to dump David. I mean it, editors were furious with me for using him (ironically, nearly all of those staffers pursued Peter after I left staff, helping make him the A-List comics writer he is today).
This is David's first work as a writer at Marvel, and it's very good for a first effort, and it's good even without that qualifier. It's a one-off story that uses lots of humor as well as, in a surprise twist, Spider-Man's relationship with the Human Torch...
...to tell a story of a group of college students who try to drive a super-hero crazy as an intellectual exercise.
They make up a fake super-villain called Blaze...
...and use him to harass Spider-Man, but things backfire when one of the students backs out and lets the Human Torch in on the plan. The Torch, impersonating Blaze, terrifies the remaining two college kids...
...and gets them to confess to Jean DeWolff, although by the end of the story they still don't seem to have learned their lesson.
A fun plot made all the better by PAD's snappy dialogue. Longtime artist Rich Buckler seems to have updated his style a bit.
Is this a "Ned Leeds is the Hobgoblin" hint?:
Quality Rating: B+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Takes place before the Baxter Building is launched into space in Fantastic Four #278.
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
Inbound References (2): show
Betty Brant, Human Torch, J. Jonah Jameson, Jean DeWolff, Joe 'Robbie' Robertson, Ned Leeds, Spider-Man
Peter David's "Ace" story was originally announced for this issue.
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