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Cover Date: December 1982
Cover Price: US $2.50
Issue Tagline: Special Spider-Man 20th Anniversary Issue Including Interviews With Tom DeFalco, John Romita, John Romita, Jr. / Plus a Preview of Amethyst / 13 New Titles From DC in 1983
Format: Black & White; Magazine; 104 pages
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The bulk of the issue is dedicated to celebrating SPIDER-MAN's 20th Anniversary, including a 20-year retrospective, a personal recollection of reading Spider-Man by a fan, extensive interviews with his then-current handlers and an article looking at Spider-Man's television cartoon programs. The centerspread by John Romita features Spidey among his cast of characters.
The issue also includes current comics news and details on comics shipping in January 1983. A thoughtful remembrance and analysis of Gene Day's legacy is provided by Hal Schuster. The new AMETHYST, PRINCESS OF GEMWORLD series is previewed with art and an article that interviews its writer Dan Mishkin.
Don & Maggie Thompson contribute a column called "Fandom Origins" that continues its look at the year 1970, noting the many significant events the new decade brought, from the first Overstreet Price Guide, Jim Steranko's History of Comics Vol. I, the founding of ACBA, to Steve Canyon's marriage and the publication of CONAN #1.
"D.S. Dursley" writes a history of England's WARRIOR magazine that is noteworthy for discussing Alan Moore's MARVELMAN and V FOR VENDETTA several years before American audiences embraced them.
The issue is rounded out by Rick Norwood's Strip Tease column covering comic strips, and Murray Wards's thorough six-page exploration of DC Super-Teams of the 1970s.
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