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    Reviews - The Amazing Spider-Man - #124

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My personal favorite - Brian Kurtz
Okay, I admit, I'm dating myself here, but my first experience with this storyline was actually by way of the book-n-record set by Power Records. The voice talents and the background sound effects enhance the story enough that it actually makes it an intense and gripping drama. By today's standards, I'm sure this issue wouldn't even raise a blip on the radar, but it still stands as one of the most cherished moments from my childhood, and is just as vibrant for me today as it was when I was a child.

Gil Kane is not an artist that I immediately associate with Spider-Man, but there are few people who can create the definitive "Marvel Comics" werewolf. Kane is no stranger to these types of creatures, as his tenure on Werewolf by Night will attest. Kane's primary contribution to this issue is of course the introduction of John Jameson as the Man-Wolf. Not many werewolves can get away with wearing canary yellow while maintaining any sense of savagery or even dignity, but somehow Kane makes it work.

Gerry Conway's writing style always has a way of getting right to the heart of the matter. He can always pull off a brooding, angst-ridden character without turning the scene into an episode of Beverly Hills 90210. It's nice to see Pete actually getting riled up and striking back. Despite his frustration with J. Jonah however, Pete is still a hero, and swings into action to save Jameson's life even though he'd just as soon wring his neck. Conway's triumph with this issue however, is not so much with Spider-Man, but with Jolly J. Jonah himself. He goes to great lengths to humanize Jonah as the man faces the reality of what has happened to his son. For my money, this issue presents one of the most dramatic, and character-defining moments in J. Jonah Jameson's life. It doesn't get any better than this.




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