Amazing Spider-Man Annual #39

This is why I don’t buy annuals.  It was a mediocre and fine story.  It was a long story, and it was only $3.99.  However. . .

It added nothing. It’s a Grady Scraps story (the best kind of story), and it’s shallow and empty and just didn’t add anything.  I guess I’m right at the grand finale of Ends of the Earth and all of a sudden instead of Doc Ock and Spidery saving the world, you’ve got Peter and Uncle Ben and completely non-threatening time distortion. . .

I’d have rather re-read ASM 678 and 679.  Which I’m going to do right after this post.

It’s a C- story with C- art and I guess my real problem with it is the timing of it, which is an F.

Grade: D.

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One thought on “Amazing Spider-Man Annual #39

  1. In 1982 Roger Stern wrote for Amazing Spider Man one of the most beautiful story arcs I’ve ever read. It is rather short (it starts in issue # 226 and ends in the following one), but every single panel of it is pure awesomeness.
    Spider Man and Black Cat were the leading characters of that arc.
    In that period Spidey had started to become more and more similar to Batman: the series passed from a sunny setting to a dark one, Peter started to cooperate with a female version of Commissioner Gordon (Jean De Wolff), and, most of all, he developed a detective approach he never had before. His relationship with Black Cat was a part of this project: Black Cat is Marvel’s Catwoman, so the affair between her and Peter deliberately reminded of the one between Batman and Catwoman.
    This magic period ended with the death of Jean De Wolff. She is one of the Spider Man characters who should have been employed more and in a far better way, along with Eddie Brock, Cletus Kasady, Betty Brant and so on.

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