Spectacular Spider-Man 87

The Big Reveal

". . . It's just that I was expecting . . .well, something more along the lines of a Spider-Cave or a Fortress of Spidertude" - The Black Cat, right before the entrance of Peter Parker's bathroom skylight

This issue is a treatise on the necessary power of mystery. When Spider-Man reveals to the Black Cat that he is really poor Peter Parker she reacts to it very negatively.

Sometimes the truth doesn't set you free. Sometimes the truth just sucks - and you should keep it to yourself.

There are some beautiful Milgrom panels; he's particularly good at distance shots while Spidey and the Cat are swinging around New York.

I also particularly liked the scene were some common thieves were busted by our heroic pair. Very nicely setup - the whole thing was focused on the joy of being powerful and on the side of good.

This is definitely more than the sum of its parts and is recommended both for your collection and enjoyment. 

Al Milgrom art sample from this issue :

spidey and the black cat

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 21, 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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