Hey gang. I'm back to talk more about my time spent reading comics. (Time well spent i might add.)At the age of ten i would jump out of bed each and every saturday morning to watch the FOX Spider-Man series. I went into great detail about how i loved this show on this website. http://www.theverbalmosh.com/2011/01/spidey-and-me.html After watching the cartoon, i went right for the comics. My aunt at the time was working at a newsstand. She allowed myself and my cousin to take one comic each. My cousin took this ass awful Superman book. Supes was already dead and Supergirl was getting it on with a young Lex Luthor. Who also had flowing red hair. (Go figure.) I took a copy of Spider-Man #57
and what a great introduction it was. The lead story was by Howard Mackie and John Romita Jr. This lead story was that Peter had been taken in for murder and that he had a clone. At first i had no idea what was going in the Spiderverse, but i stuck around for the next year putting it all together. The backup story was by J.M. Dematteis with art by John Romita Sr. And some pin ups in the back. Which now when i look at them, they were not all that great.
But i was hooked on Spider-Man comics and to get the whole story once a week you had to buy another Spidey book. Come to think of it, it was just like the Superman books of the mid 1990's. Once a week i went to the newsstand and pick up Web of Spider-Man, Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man and Specatular Spider-Man. I always felt that for the price Spider-Man Unlimited just sucked. Also Spider-Man #57 was the first time i'd get to meet The Scarlet Spider. At first i hated his costume and his name. But they way Howard Mackie wrote him, he seemed to be a more stand up guy than Peter.Or hey maybe it was just me. Also this issue was the first time i'd see Kaine. Later on during the "Trial Of Peter Parker" would i find out that Kaine was the very first clone of Peter Parker ever created by the Jackal. Say what you want but as a 10 year old i really enjoyed all the clones running around at the time.
Around the time that Peter was cleared for murder( which had been commited by Kaine) i fell off reading comics and watching the Spider-Man cartoon on tv. I moved in with my aunt and she didn't think that a comic with a guy who could stick to walls was something an 11 year old shold read. As for the cartoon, Fox took it off of saturday morning and gave it this 2:30 pm timeslot that was the kiss of death, seeing as how i got out of school at 2:45 pm. I remember a friend of mine telling me how he'd been watching the Spidey cartoon and that the Scarlet Spider had shown up. I just about spit up my milk upon hearing of an animated version on my favorite comics heroes. As hard as i could i could never make it home in time to see it so i just went back to watching pro wrestling on the weekends.
Next time i talk about me once again discovering comics and the truth behind the clone saga. And what were the two best Spider-Man books being published in the year 1996.