Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #112
Issue(s): Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #112
Mark Beachum's attention to ladies is so prevalent in this issue that Peter David makes a joke about it in the script, having a pickpocket comment on the good looks of all the random shoppers.
The plot of this issue deals with the Santa burglar that we saw in subplots during the Jean DeWolff storyline. He winds up in the apartment of Randi, Candy, and Bambi and Spider-Man shows up to chase him.
He gets some help from the real Santa Claus, who isn't fully shown on panel, but leaves Peter a note telling him to connect with his Aunt May since the two were miscommunicating over their Christmas plans.
Although i'm not sure Peter should have given up his original Christmas plans since they seem pretty fun.
One of the heinies above belongs to the Black Cat, who returns to the series with this issue although she doesn't run into Spider-Man. There's also a scene with Randy Robertson worrying about introducing his white girlfriend to his parents.
This issue also introduces a kid, Alex Woolcot (last name not yet given), and his father and teacher. This is the beginning of a running subplot in this series that will have a few intersections with Spider-Man. The kid will eventually develop super-powers and later appear in Peter David's Hulk run.
Finally, here's Peter contemplating getting a beeper for work.
Peter David brings a nice blend of humor and character development. Mark Beachum brings butts.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: There seems to be a minor coordination problem regarding placement of this issue and Amazing Spider-Man #274. This issue takes place across two days, from Christmas Eve to Christmas. And Aunt May tells Peter that Anna Watson is "coming up for Florida for a few days" and talks like she hasn't seen her in some time. But in ASM #274, Aunt Watson is already in town, and they are planning to take in a Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall. So in order for Anna to arrive in this issue prior to #274, it seems that May and the Watsons went to the Christmas show after Christmas. Which is entirely feasible; i think those shows run until New Year's. I also want to note that in Power Pack #20 it's the day before Christmas, and while i always say i'm not going to worry about coordinating holidays in the Marvel universe, i've placed this close to the Power Pack issue.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showAmanda Robertson, Ashcan, Aunt May, Aunt Watson, Bambi, Black Cat, Candy, Harry Osborn, Joe 'Robbie' Robertson, Joy Mercado, Kate Cushing, Liz Allan, Mamie Muggins, Mary Jane Watson, Normie Osborn, Randi, Randy Robertson, Spider-Man
The kid, Alex Woolcot, has a few more appearances after this issue.
Posted by: Michael | November 18, 2013 8:32 PM
Mark Beachum was an ASS MAN, without question. Movies can't beat comics!
Posted by: Vin the Comics Guy | June 6, 2017 6:10 AM
Sir Mixalot and Mark Beachum. One and the same?
Posted by: Benway | June 6, 2017 11:32 PM
fnord, this isn't intended to be confrontational -and it certainly shouldn't bebread as praise of Mark Beachum, but the subject came up in this entry so I'd may as well ask the question here- but I'm curious: Are you against even mild cheesecake in comics? I assume you don't have a problem with sexuality beingn presenated for story purposes (like the sex scenes in Watchmen for example) but is just a little butt or thigh or a pretty lady (or fella) being drawn just so the reader can look at a pretty lady (or fella) something you have a problem with? I'm not talking about the real extreme cases or the borderline hardcore stuff, but the panels that are -sure- fan service, but relatively retained.
Posted by: JP! | March 13, 2018 2:52 AM
Hi Jp! I've teased fnord about cheesecake before but I'd be interested to get his overall opinion, too. It might work better as a forum topic, I'd suggest.
Posted by: kveto | March 14, 2018 5:45 PM
Posted by: fnord12 | March 14, 2018 5:51 PM
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