PETER PARKER THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #4-5 (1977)

spidey hit by a tree

I do like Sal Buscema’s Spider-Man.  He’s still lithe and wiry, but the lean musculature works well on the character.  I wonder if the above panels were the inspiration for the classic, “When the Commuter Cometh,” issue of Amazing Spider-Man? (#267.)

This story is title, “The Vulture is a Bird of Prey,” and the villiain is…Vulture.  It’s also Hitman, a new character who doesn’t really last and is basically a poor-man’s Punisher.

The two villains fight each other, with Spider-Man in the middle, to gain power in the underworld.  No, it’s not the best story ever, but it’s fine and enjoyable.

Creators: Archie Goodwin and Sal Buscema
Grade: C+

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