Friday, December 12, 2008

Memoirs of a Bronze Age Baby: Amazing Spider-Man #233

I was 10 years old when this one came out. Looking back, I realize just how lucky I was to be coming of age during Roger Stern's tenure on the book. This one opens with an awesome splash page of a furious JJJ asking ""Where the @¢%# Is Nose Norton?". I think that was the first time I'd ever encountered profanity of any kind in the funnybooks. A cash bonus is offered for anyone who can tracked down the missing underworld informant. Peter, being strap for cash as always, if quite interested. Ultimately, Peter and Ben Urich partner up, which is great because I loves me some Ben Urich. Meanwhile, the Tarantula (hanging out in Miami Beach, Scarface-style) is offered an even larger sum to take care of Norton. There's a lot of action at the end, and it all leads to a nice little mystery that runs for a few issues. Even as a 10 year old, I loved the disdain that Spidey has for Tarantula - he always treats him as nothing more than a mild nuisance. This was great stuff, which makes it even more puzzling as to why I left comics for a while within a couple of years of this one.

4 comments:

Alonso Nunez said...

Hi, just wanted to drop a line and say that your blog is great. First saw your writing on CSBG, and followed the ink here. Really fun writing. Thanks!

ComputerArtBobbyC said...

I'm the same as the commenter above - I saw a link from CSBG and have read through the past year of your blog. I've jotted down several titles you've mentioned and put them on my list for my next comic con to track down in discount boxes. Great writing and great attitude toward older, less talked about comics. Thanks!

Scott M said...

Thank you both for the kind words. I no this is a pretty bare bones kind of blog, and I'm not able to put much time into it, but I hope there something to interest everyone.

Thelonious_Nick said...

"Looking back, I realize just how lucky I was to be coming of age during Roger Stern's tenure on the book."

Yes, Spider-Man is and has always been my favorite character. I wonder if it would have turned out out that way if my first issues hadn't been the Juggernaut and Cobra/Mr. Hyde stories from Stern's run? What an impression on my 7-year old self--and they still hold up well now.