PPTSS #1 was the first comic book I ever read (other than Tintin or Asterix). My parents went to another couple’s house for dinner and dragged me along. The man of the house took me downstairs to a room filled with white longboxes, and told me I could read whatever I wanted. The first box I opened, first comic I picked up had an amazing cover. Or should I say a “spectacular” one.
I was hooked.
As I read this now, looking back, it seems kind of stilted and silly. But the first issue had the significance of making Gloria “Glory” Grant a regular castmember, and the second recurring black character in Spider-Man, which was probably the only comic to have two recurring black characters in its regular rotation.
No, they aren’t great comics. But they’re fun. And for me, they’re special.