Web of Spider-Man #34 (1988)

There’s not much worth discussing in this done-in-one filler story, except to note that Spider-Man is extremely culturally insensitive on the splash page—assuming that poor kids are all in gangs and only play football when there’s nobody around to rob.  And that they’re all on crack.

In the main story, an alien knocks out the Watcher so he can view his recordings and then go back in time and bet on that very same football game.

Spidey and Watcher uncover the fraud and Watcher literally turns the alien into a Joker playing card in a casino.

Very odd.  I didn’t know Watcher could do that kind of thing.

An old-school story—like one you’d have expected in the early 1960s—and strangely compelling.

Creators: Jim Shooter, Sal Buscema
Grade: C+

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