Writer: David Michelinie
Pencils/Colors: Marc Silvestri/Bob Sharen
Peter is broke. He has no laundry. He gets sent (with Joy Mercado) to Temple Corners, VA to report on the strife in a town after its factory shuts down. It’s not a great story. Key points.
Spider-Man disappears. Pete gets trapped under a blowing up mountain.
Joy ‘knows’ Pete is Spider-Man. Joy is also a badass – she carries a knife and uses a machine gun.
Magma is the villain. Apparently he first (and only) appeared in an old team-up with Iron Man.
Roxxon appears – this is the oldest date that I’ve seen them as evil. I’m sure there’s a ton earlier, it’s just my first recollection.
Issue 17 leads into the 3 part “Missing in Action” crossover with Spectacular 17, Amazing 279 and Web 18.
Funny Note: Cover of 16 has a huge star with “Don’t miss the 1st issue in Web’s daring new adventures into mystery and suspense!” inside. I wonder if there really was an editorial push to make Web the mysterious Spider-title.