Characters Appearing: Glory Grant, Joe 'Robbie' Robertson, Mamie Muggins, Spider-Man
Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #120
Issue(s): Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #120
Storywise, it is about Spider-Man and a reporter named Blaine Browne (her only appearance)...
...investigating a building that a landlord has allowed to become overrun with gang members so that he can force out his tenants and take advantage of the gentrification of the neighborhood.
The most stalwart hold-out, an old man, is pushed off of the building in an apparent suicide...
...but Spider-Man forces the gang member to confess.
Glory Grant had been trying to get Peter to join a rally against gentrification but until the events of this issue he had been begging off.
Gentrification is a complex topic, but i guess pushing old men out of buildings is wrong no matter how you look at it. Keith Giffen's art goes a long way to making this "issue" issue enjoyable, and Mantlo actually adds some humor to the story as well.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP places this circa its publication date, but i think that's an oversight. Peter is in his red and blue costume, which wouldn't have been true at publication time, and Glory Grant is still living in his apartment building, which hasn't been the case since Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #32. I'm therefore pushing this way back to the 1979 era. In that case, this has to take place prior to Amazing Spider-Man #193 when Peter is fired from the Daily Bugle.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
It was an oversight- the MCP discussed it five years ago but for some reason couldn't agree where to move it:
Posted by: Michael | January 22, 2014 9:20 PM
Yeah, so strange to see Giffen's later art here - it's instantly identifiable to anyone familiar with his work on Legion or Justice League.
Posted by: Erik Beck | April 11, 2015 9:27 AM
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