cover to The Amazing Spider-Man #282

The Happy Hooker

Other than “The Mark of The Man-Wolf” record I had as a kid, I’m pretty sure that this was the first actual issue of “The Amazing Spider-Man” that I ever read, and it set the tone of why I loved Marvel comics.  Here was this classic character and they’d completely changed his costume, which I thought was very cool.  Plus the story was all about how X-Factor was trying to capture Spidey because they thought he was a mutant, and the whole time Spidey was fighting a cold while he was fighting the original X-Men.  Just the fact that fighting a cold was a key plot point blew my mind, and I was quickly hooked on the concept that these heroes were part of the “real” world.

Anyway, this particular issue has a special place in my heart, so it’s not surprising that I tackled this one.  Like the Hulk…

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