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Review for Amazing Spider-Man (1963) 280-A

Comic Book by Marvel, Sep 01 1986
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August 01, 2012

This is why we read comics.

This issue of Amazing Spider-Man is a stand out during a period of standout Spidey stories.

In is the kind of comic that turns people into comic readers.

First, let me say, Ron Frenz. Ron Frenz is not a name you often hear when talking about great artists, or even great spidey artists. But, his run on Amazing is excellent, and his talents are highlighted in this issue. Really, he has vaulted near the top of my list of Spidey artists during this run.

The story.....OK, there's a lot going on, but none of it feels rushed or confusing. Jack O' Lantern, a new baddie, is trying to horn in on Hobgoblins turf as the new super baddie for hire. Silver Sable is trying to catch him for the large bounty on his head. She needs Spider-Mans help and he gives it so he can earn money to help out Aunt Mays friend who was beaten up in an earlier issue (Peter feels responsible of course) pay for his medical bills.

At any rate, Jack O'Lantern has hired the Sinister Syndicate to get Sable off his tail. Spidey and Sable must battle the Beetle, Speed Demon, Boomerang, Rhino and Hydro-Man at the Coney ISland Amusement park. The battle is, well, it's one of the best super hero battles I can remember reading in the last several years.

There is even a sinister scene where a clue to the Hobgoblins identity is revealed....and it involves Mary Jane.

ahhhh...remember when entire stories with giant endings were told entirely in a monthly comic? Instead of in a special mega crossover.

there is some bickering with the Rose and the Kingpin and some drama with Aunt May thrown in for good measure.

It is all extremely well paced, and engaging.

Amazing Spider-Man is one of the better reads on 1986 and this is the best issue of that read.

4 1/2 out of 5 stars. This should be in your collection. Needs to be if you are a spidey fan or love all out super hero brawls.


I totally agree with your assesment good sir!
make sure you get #281 too. the battle actually carries over to that issue.
After reading your stirring comments i need to find and read this comic

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