THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #258-259 (1984)


Lots of Hobgoblin stuff and foreshadowing for the “new costume is the enemy” arc, but for me the key to these issues is the return of the paper bag costume, rather than the red-and-blue or black costumes.

Spidey realizes that he’s wearing a living organism, and the Fantastic Four rip it off his body and put it in a cage.

So classic Spidey returns.

Also: More of the Torch/Spidey bromance.

Also, a little romance…

…And the origin of Mary Jane.

Creators: Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz
Grade: C+

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