"amazingly, it turns out that it takes a lot longer to explain why a terrible story doesn't work than to explain what is so great about a classic."Let me guess you are going to spend most of your time slamming the upcominng Romita years as some sort of great betrayal of vision despite the fact that it is far more the blueprint for Spider-Man in popular culture then most of the Ditko years
No, I am not. I am going to have a look at the final five Ditko issues, and have a look at the two-part Goblin story mostly in terms of the vexed question of Stan and Steve's supposed argument over the Goblin's identity.I agree with you that the Romita years became the "received" Spider-Man -- the Toby Maguire movies are heavily influenced by them -- and have said so several times. My objective with these essays has been to consider the 34 issues from Amazing Fantasy #15 to The Final Chapter as a stand-alone graphic novel.The Romita issues don't really form part of my history of the Ditko years; and I am planning to take a break from Spider-Man and think about something else for a bit; but I may very well come back and have a look at them next year. (I was thinking of doing something more like I did with Captain America: a rapid reading of a lot of comics, and then homing in on ones I thought especially interesting or memorable.)Thanks for taking an interest.
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