Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!
Did you realize that I had not featured “The Kid Who Collected Spider-Man” yet? What the heck, me?
So today we look at Roger Stern, Ron Frenz and Terry Austin’s classic Spider-Man short story, “The Kid Who Collected Spider-Man.”
How cool was Amazing Spider-Man #248? Look at the splash page from the first story in the book by John Romita Jr. and Brett Breeding…
How awesome is that?
And that’s not even nearly the coolest story in the book!!!
The comic was split in half, with two stories written by Roger Stern. The first drawn by Romita and Breeding and the second drawn by Ron Frenz and Terry Austin (Frenz would soon begin an extended run on the title as penciler).
The story opens with Spider-Man visiting a young boy after reading about him in a Daily Bugle column…
After proving that he was, in fact, Spider-Man and answering some basic questions (which work to both have Spidey relate to the kid AND fill in any new viewers about how Spidey’s powers and his webshooters work), Spidey begins to talk about his background…
You don’t need a road map to see where the story is going, but still, the last page (which I won’t spoil for you) is still extremely well done.
The whole thing is extremely well done.
Frenz’s work on Peter’s facial expressions (and Tim’s, as well) is magnificent. Stern’s story is simple yet powerful.
Such a classic story. If you want to read it in full, it has been reprinted a few times, but the back issue itself is not exactly super expensive to get, and you get the Romita Jr. story to boot!!