Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #104
Issue(s): Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #104
Anyway, Mantlo turns in a nice little fill-in that helps make the silly Rocket Racer a somewhat more human character. He's still a criminal with a super-skateboard, mind you...
...but it turns out that he's actually a science wiz who had to forgo college and turned to crime to pay for his mother's medical bills. We even get to meet the Racer family.
Rocket is now pursued by a bounty hunter (or possibly The Bounty Hunter)...
...because he skipped out on his bail. And furthermore, it seems the bail boundsman is corrupt, charging onerous interest rates and actually suggesting that Racer return to crime to pay up.
Spider-Man puts a stop to the bounty hunter and Racer decides to face the music for his crimes.
This was generally decent, but i felt like at times i was reading an educational pamphlet about bail bondsmen (i also think Mantlo was way-overdoing Urich's coughing).
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: This issue takes place between Web of Spider-Man #4-5; when he first encounters Rocket Racer he says his search for Doc Ock will have to wait.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
As a youngster, I found this one really interesting. It worked well as a little introduction to the way that the system could be corrupted. Also, a bit of a shocker that a young man couldn't go to university because he had to pay his sick mother's medical bills.
Posted by: Kveto from Prague | July 1, 2012 10:15 AM
There was another Bounty Hunter in Ghost Rider, but he had nothing to do with this one.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | July 1, 2012 2:39 PM
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