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Subj: Re: What are your PERSONAL classics?
Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2022 at 04:17:30 pm EST (Viewed 123 times)
Reply Subj: What are your PERSONAL classics?
Posted: Sun Feb 27, 2022 at 01:54:54 pm EST (Viewed 214 times)

    Kraven's Last Hunt is great, the Death of Gwen Stacy will always be a milestone, the origin is timeless, Standing up to the Juggernaut was classic Spidey. However, the way some of the stories are talked about you would think his thousands of comics only gave a handful of readable stories.

    What Spider-man stories mean the world to you, but never seem to get any love? More importantly, why?

I don't think we have to mention stuff from the Lee/Ditko and Lee/Romita runs such as the Master Planner saga or the Drug issues, these are all well known. But I think Gerry Conway's ASM run (which includes the Death of Gwen Stacy and the original Clone Saga) deserves a lot more love. His inter-company crossover with Spider-Man and Superman also was fun, and his later work on Spectacular Spider-Man (which introduced Tombstone) contained some gems.

Chris Claremont's Marvel Team-Up issues (not just those where John Byrne did the art) are probably semi-hidden gems because MTU is one of the less well-known Spider-books and its format with a different guest star every issue did not make prolonged storylines easy. I particularly remember the issue with Red Sonja and the four-parter with the Black Widow and various other spies...

Roger Stern's ASM run does seem to get a lot of love, so I guess I don't have to mention it. Tom DeFalco's run, which immediately followed it, seems to be a bit underrated in comparison, but it contained more than a few gems, notably the issues where Mary Jane revealed that she knew Peter's secret and then finally told her own origin. And Tom DeFalco of course also did one of the best Spider-Man spin-offs, Spider-Girl.

Peter David wrote quite a few good Spidey stories, many of which were very funny, so the visceral shock over The Death of Jean DeWolff sticks in the mind (up until then many readers thought PAD only did funny stories).

ASM Annual #20, an at times farcical tale that also told us a lot about Peter and MJ's feelings for each other a year before their wedding - by Louise Simonson and Mary Wilshire, so very appropriate to mention on International Women's Day.

Some parts of Brian Bendis' Ultimate Spider-Man, in particular issue #13 (where Peter tells Mary Jane his secret), the Ultimate Clone Saga, and the Death of Spider-Man.

Much of Straczynski's ASM run I really enjoyed, but it does tend to be overshadowed by the controversy over a certain Gwen-centric storyline and JMS' involvement in One More Day.