The Spider-Man Project

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 078, 079

Posted by dave, December 10, 2007 at 11:56 pm · No Comments ·

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 078The Night of the Prowler!
Author: Stan Lee
Innovator: John Buscema
Illustrator: Jim Mooney
Letterer: Sam Rosen
Originally published: November 1969

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 079To Prowl No More!
Author: Stan Lee
Innovator: John Buscema
Illustrator: Jim Mooney
Letterer: Sam Rosen
Originally published: December 1969

I haven’t really said anything lately, but I’ve been digging Buscema & Mooney’s art. It’s nice to get something fresh in here – not to imply that Romita’s art was getting stale by any means. It’s just good to have a new perspective.

A good chunk of this story focuses on Peter’s relationship with Gwen. She’s getting suspicious of his frequent mysterious disappearances and turns to Flash for advice. When Pete sees Gwen with Flash he totally misreads the situation and gets completely down.

We’re also introduced to Hobie Brown a young, down-on-his-luck inventor. As much as I’ve ribbed Stan Lee in the past for all his characters named “Blackie”, there have been a lot of recent issues that discuss race and race relations and Stan’s done a pretty good job of dealing with the issue. Hobie Brown is another example of this: he’s black and, when he’s forced to deal with a racist boss, good ol’ J. Jonah Jameson himself sticks up for the kid and shows his disgust for the boss’s racism. It’s a really great scene, and seeing the good in JJ is a nice change from the two-dimensional curmudgeon we normally get.

With Hobie’s prospects down the tubes, he decides to use his inventions to become a costumed villain. He’s not even really evil, he just figures a villain will get more immediate publicity for his inventions. It’s a pretty cool plan, especially when he comes up with the idea to have his civilian alter-ego return the stolen loot and become a hero.

When the newly-christened Prowler tries to rob the Bugle’s payroll, he runs into an angry but uncostumed Peter Parker. After knocking out the security guard, the Prowler tackles Pete. The issues ends with Peter unsure of how to deal with situation, since he certainly can’t use his powers in front of JJ.

Amazing Spider-Man #79 opens with Peter falling right out the window! (And a note explaining that they’re wrapping up this three-issue arc in only two issues, and they won’t be doing any more continued multi-issue stories, which I think is a real shame). Panicked, the Prowler takes off. Then he fights Spider-Man for awhile and I get bored.

The next day Peter tells off Gwen for hanging with Flash and then Spider-Man fights the Prowler again. Again, I get bored. When Spider-Man finally beats him, Hobie gives him the whole sob story. Like a sucker, Spidey empathizes and lets the kid go. Nice, eh?

Cool art, kinda interesting first half, pretty shitty resolution.

Rating:

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