A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments - Day 78

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here's the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at a sad death scene from Amazing Spider-Man #400.


This story was written by J.M. DeMatteis and was drawn by Mark Bagley (no offense to Bagley, but I really think he should have just ended his run on Amazing with this issue - he stuck around for another year or so of more or less awful stories - he should have just went out on a high note with this issue) and Larry Mahlstedt.

This issue was directly caught up in the whole "Clone Saga," but DeMatteis still somehow managed to make it a heartfelt and tear-filled issue, even in the midst of the Clone Saga.

Aunt May is sick, and as it turns out, she is deathly ill.

So this leads to a remarkable five pages, where she reveals that she always knew Peter was Spider-Man, which she tells Peter right before she goes on to the light at the end of the tunnel...

Beautifully done.

And later in the issue, a wonderful moment with the revelation of her grave next to Uncle Ben's...

Excellent work by DeMatteis.

I don't really blame the writers/editors who decided to bring Aunt May back later, as she IS a pretty darn important part of the Spider-Man mythos, but it was still a shame to "lose" this story. But then again, it still exists, so I guess we never really "lost" it, did we?

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