Spectacular Spider-Man 26-28

Frank Miller Does Spectacular!

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Issue 27 is the first time Frank Miller draws Daredevil.  That's notable, but I mainly rated these issues on the strength of Miller's linework - neither the slightly washed out coloring of 27 or the too heavy inking of 28 could prevent the beautiful art from shining through.

That said, issue 26 should never have made it with this rating because of the Mooney art - usually solid but nothing to rave about - but something happened to Mooney in 26. His layout is spot-on with tighter panel shots allowing him to show character details - it's a shame he didn't continue with this for the rest of his run on the comic. The story arc actually started with issue 25, but keep away from that issue - Mooney's art is simply not up to par. I assure you that the story line will not suffer for the loss of that issue.

Another big draw is that Spider-Man gets blinded by the Mask Marauder in this tale. I've always had a great fear of blindness. I love to read and I like looking at art so I was very emotionally invested in the story. Bill Mantlo, starting with this arc, begins a series of wonderful tales, the tension he builds on this one is just wonderful. Peter's reaction to his situation and Matt's reaction to Peter is simply spot-on.

Bill Mantlo, the writer of this comic, met with an accident in 1992 and has been in institutional care ever since. Find out what happened to him here.  Ways to donate to Bill Mantlo's care are all over the web. If you can, please help him out.

Posted by  Pete Albano - July 17, 2011

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1-3 : Tarantula, Lightmaster, Kraven

4-5 : The Vulture

7-8 : Morbius the Living Vampire

17-18 : The Angel and Iceman

21 : The Scorpion

22 : Moon Knight

26-28 : Daredevil

47-48 : Belladonna and the Prowler

61 : Moonstone

64 : Cloak and Dagger

67 : Boomerang

69 : Cloak and Dagger

72 : Doc Ock's Greatest Fan

80 : J. Jonah Jameson - Reporter

83 : Punisher

85 : Hobgoblin

87 : Spider-Man unmasks before the Black Cat

89-90 : Black Cat powers

91 : Unus and the Blob

99 : The Spot

103 : Blaze

104 : Rocket Racer

113 : Thugs break into the Parker house

114 : The Spider-Man costume gets stolen

116 : Sabretooth

117 : Dr. Strange

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