Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #63
Issue(s): Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #63
Spider-Man shows up to stop the Molten Man...
...and he gets help from Harry's neighbors.
Out of nowhere, Spider-Man calls the neighbors "materialistic", and while there really was no reason for him to think that, the neighbors do subsequently start talking about Molten Man lowering their property values.
I guess Peter, as a city dweller, might have something against the suburbs, but earlier he describes Harry's house as "A snug little ranch house in a nice neighborhood! Just the kind of peace Harry and Liz Deserve. They've had their share of problems."
Anyway, Spider-Man eventually knocks the Molten Man into a pool, and he passes out and reverts to his original metallic but not fiery form.
It's really amazing to me how different this book is from Mantlo's ROM and Micronauts. I find the dialogue in this book overly verbose, simplistic, and overly expository.
It really reads like a fill-in or one-shot story, where Mantlo feels the need to explain everything from scratch to a new, and general, audience. I'm much more receptive to a Spider-Man book than licensed characters, especially the Micronauts who are only tangentially a part of the Marvel universe. But Mantlo's writing on those books seems so much more sophisticated. Maybe he felt less restricted, or had less editorial interference, on those books. But it's not like Roger Stern's Amazing, written at the same time, reads like this. And i'm not saying i find the Micronauts or ROM to be great. But they seem leaps and bounds above this. Possibly he just had more passion for characters that were effectively his.
Part of the difference may be the art. Nothing wrong with Greg LaRocque, but his Harry can get a little wonky (see also the neighbor scene above).
And just to be really petty, i'll point out a typo.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP places this between Amazing Spider-Man #225-226.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showChris Keating, Flash Thompson, Harry Osborn, Liz Allan, Molten Man, Sha Shan, Spider-Man
this issue always struck me as a writer from the city trying to understand the suburbs. Everybody obsessed with their property values and somesuch (I'm biased as I hate suburbia)
Nice of Harry and Liz to invite their friends to the wedding.
Posted by: kveto from prague | August 3, 2013 2:50 AM
According to Comics Feature#15, this story was originally done for Amazing Spider-Man #224, then yanked for an undisclosed reason.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | September 18, 2017 11:23 AM
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