The Spider-Man Project

Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 -001 (Stories 1 & 2)

Posted by dave, September 11, 2007 at 4:00 pm · No Comments ·

Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 -001Story 1:
The Amazing Peter Parker in: Where Have All The Heroes Gone?
Writer: Tom DeFalco
Penciler: Jon Bennett
Inker: Bud LaRosa
Letters: Richard Starkings
Colors: Bob Sharen
Originally published: July 1997

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The Secrets of Peter Parker!
Writer: Tom DeFalco
Penciler: Pat Olliffe
Inker: Al Williamson
Letters: Richard Starkings
Colors: Bob Sharen
Originally published: July 1997

This flashback issue does a surprisingly great job of tying into the chronology up until this point. The main story has two simultaneous plots; first we see a story of a 13 year old Peter Parker finding some of his Uncle Ben’s golden age comics – featuring Captain America, the original Human Torch, and others – and taking an interest in them and heroes in general. This ties in really nicely with the Sensational flashback issue, where a younger Peter was also interested in comics, and even has a few callbacks to that story: Aunt May worries that the new comics will give him more nightmares, and Ben says that these aren’t like the monster comics Peter used to read. It also leads Peter to fantasize about being a hero himself, and the (dramatic) ironing is delicious.

The second plot line shows us exactly how the Kingpin took over the New York crime scene. It was pretty interesting, and featured a cameo by Phil Sheldon from Marvels – sweet! This crime plot made me aware of another problem with my chronology, though: I have the Kingpin series coming up, but I really should have read them (or at least some of them) before this issue. Darn.

[Edit: I’m not actually sure I’m right about the order being messed up. I’m going to leave it as it is and see what happens.]

Finally, there’s a little bit of a backup “story” just detailing what kind of 13 year old kid Peter was – basically a weak nerd. Interesting I guess, but not necessary.

This issue was a winner. It had good writing and art, and I really enjoyed the snug way it fit into the chronology: the tie-in to the Sensational flashback, Sheldon’s appearance, a reference to Peter and Ben going for an ice cream soda (a callback to all those Petey stories), hints at Peter’s future, and more. It was fun.

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