Spectacular Spider-Man 104

The Rocket Racer Is Just Trying To Make Ends Meet

"My friends call me Spider-Man! You can call me 'Sir'!" -
Spider-Man, right before he punches Bounty Hunter to save Rocket Racer's life

I'm guilty of judging a villain by his name. When I heard about Rocket Racer, I thought S-T-U-P-I-D. Well, I'm taking it all back. If you're a kid and you have brains to make yourself some gear, you'll go with the super-skateboard and call yourself Rocket Racer - it makes perfect sense.

What drew me to this issue was the art. This is Giarrano's second work after doing an issue of Marvel Team-Up - he would later do a ton of DC work. Here's a sample of Giarrano's art.

art sample

I find it very clean and beautiful. Definitely exceptional quality. This kind of art needs only a good story to make the issue.

That said, we're in luck, writing is by the untouchable Bill Mantlo. Bill really builds up on the character called the Bounty Hunter. As the issue progresses the Hunter is a character you'll love to hate. Every bit of clobber Spidey throws his way becomes a punch worth throwing.

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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 26, 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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