The Amazing Parkers: An Untold Tale of Spider-Man’s Parents!
Written by: Roger Stern
Penciled by: John Romita, Sr.
Inked by: Al Milgrom
Lettered by: Richard Starkings
Colored by: Steve Mattsson
Originally published: July 1997
Well, this is my first official screw-up in the chronology. I definitely should have read this after Marvels 1 and before any of the Petey cartoons, as in this story Peter hasn’t even been born yet. I didn’t even have it in the chronology, I only noticed when I picked it up to read the Petey backup story. Oh well! I’ve added it into the list now (new total = 3427).
This story was pretty sweet, especially after reading all those Petey adventures. Richard and Mary Parker, Peter’s parents, are agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Since they’re secret agents, the story is somewhat Bond-esque and has a 70s sorta feel to it. Romita’s art is perfect; he (along with Milgrom and Mattson) does a great job capturing the feel of the story. I’m a sucker for spy stories, especially well-written ones like this, and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing.
Some extra cool bonuses: an appearance by Logan (who doesn’t use/have claws, unfortunately…), Nick Fury, and Hydra’s Baron Wolfgang von Strucker; cool spy gadget, including a camera that explodes sleeping gas; and, possibly the most awesome of all, Mary Parker delivering an open-fisted-Worf-punch to the Baron. Yeah!