Spectacular Spider-Man #168-170 (1990)

Space Phantom seeks revenge on his old foes The Avengers by tricking them into fighting Spider-Man.  Basically, he’s like a version of Loki.

It’s ridiculous to think Spider-Man could hold his own against Earth’s mightiest heroes, but he gets Sandman, Puma, Beetle and Rocket Racer to help him.  Yes, Beetle and Rocket Racer.

It ends up tying into a Young Gods story but, really, it’s not worth explaining.  This is classic “hero vs hero” fighting—it is what it is.  It’s very stupid and silly, but it’s also fun in a “1970’s Marvel” kind of way.

Creators: Gerry Conway, Sal Buscema
Grade: C+

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