SPIDER-MAN #16, NOV 1991: Sabotage X-Over Part 1
Where I bought/read it: I bought either this issue, or the second-final part at a spinner rack at a drug store. Spinner rack at a drugstore!? What is this, DaveLoves60sComics?? Not sure where I first read it, but I do remember copying drawings from this in the waiting room at the orthodontist. Getting my smile right.
What I thought/think: like the X-Men issue I posted before with Ghost Rider, this issue was also the end of an Image Founder’s time at Marvel. This was Todd McFarlane’s last issue of Spider-man, and final book ever (so far) at Marvel. You can see his little good-bye note in the final two page spread (and zoomed in by me). Also Spidey is saying “Bye Todd” on the cover, which is pretty crazy. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a departing creator mentioned that way on a cover before. I’ve seen some Stan and Jack references in books before, or on covers but they’re the founding fathers of Marvel.
This issue featured a team-up between Spider-man and Rob Liefeld’s X-Force. Both issues were drawn sideways, giving the comic a “widescreen” feel, years before the widescreen comics movement started.
An eerie aspect of this comic is that Spidey and X-Force were fighting The Juggernaut and Black Tom Cassidy at the World Trade Center, and bring one of the towers down in a cartoony superhero fight. The images take on a pretty tragic resonance now.
The art in this looked great. McFarlane was near his stylized, artistic peak around this time (he really hit in in the early issues of Spawn, in my opinion).
Some pages from YOUNG JUSTICE #20-21, which take place a month before the first episode of the second season.
This si superhero-ish….(Also Amy Reeder <3)
“Eve has an imagination that’s more than active - it can be downright dangerous! Working late at the costume super-store Halloween Land, she gets lost in her own thoughts until something goes bump in the night. The rubber masks and plastic novelties are coming to life, and Eve must face ghosts, goblins, and gorilla suits made real. ”
Halloween Eve #1 preview - came out oct. 10
“Some time ago, I mentioned doing a summary of Greg Pak’s Hulk run, and some folks said that would be a good idea. This is going to be quite a long series of posts, since it’s covering five years of work, and it may be delayed here and there because I am both busy and lazy. But here goes.”
From the artist’s page:
“Well, this page wasnt never used because it was a little to explicit. Wasnt my foult, wasnt the writers, it was the censor from DC, believe me I tell you that the Editor fought hard to leave it in the book but thats how this things work.”
And yet an almost exactly the same setting featuring Dick and Kory wasn’t “too explicit”. Why am I not surprised.
[Mod note - This was a wonderful read. If you haven picke up the comic look at these posts.]
“Here I post bits from an underrated miniseries by one of DC’s underrated characters…
Years after he left Metropolis’ South Side to pursue teaching jobs in other cities, Jefferson Pierce returns to his old neighbourhood to reform a school so bad that the last headteacher hanged himself in the gym. He and his wife, who is narrating, give some backstory as they drive through the area to his mum and sister’s house, which they’ve bought so that they can move away…”