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Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 1 047-048

Posted by dave, March 20, 2010 at 12:13 pm · No Comments ·

Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 1 047A Night on the Prowl!
Writer: Roger Stern
Penciler: Marie Severin
Inks + Letters: Bruce D.
Colorist: Glynis W.
Originally published: October 1980

Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 1 048Double Defeat!
Writer: Roger Stern
Penciler: Marie Severin
Inker: Bruce Patterson
Letterer: Rick Parker
Colorist: Ben Sean
Originally published: November 1980

Pete’s enjoying a cup of joe at a local pub (on a date with Deb Whitman) when a news report comes on claiming that Spider-Man has been involved in a series of break-ins that have led to a death. “Oh, no!” says he.

Turns out the break-ins have all been against people in the fashion business. Can we see where this is headed? Yes. Do we like it? No. The robber doesn’t sound like Spidey, despite what the victims claim, but Pete has a hunch that it may be — the Prowler! But Hobie Brown’s gone legit, so that doesn’t make much sense. Spidey pays him a visit and they discover that his Prowler gear has been stolen! Spidey goes looking for the new Prowler.

Meanwhile, we see what this Prowler has been up to — consorting with none other than Belladonna, as expected. It turns out the new Prowler is the former Cat Burglar, and he’s been hired by Belladonna to knock over these fashion designers. But to what end?!

The next day, Spidey and the new Prowler finally meet up, with Prowler leading Spidey into a well-orchestrated trap. Unfortunately for the Prowler, it snares him too. Belladonna ends up with both guys locked in an air-tight room, and starts pumping in the gas. Can they escape? Probably, yes.

In the next issue, things are looking grim for Spider-Man and the new Prowler. BUT THEN THEY GET OUT! And Spidey has the Prowler arrested. But, there’s still Belladonna to deal with. Also, the Prowler gets away later.

JJJ gives Peter a ring, Pete and Deb have some more bonding time, Pete’s stuffed beardog burns down, Aunt May and Peter have some chitchat: good times all around.

Eventually we all learn the Belladonna is really Narda Ravanna, a bitter fashion/cosmetics maven out for revenge. OK. Eventually, everything comes to a head and everyone goes off to jail. Hurray!

I liked this story, actually. It was fun and had good pacing. Well-done.

Rating:

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