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Dave Phelps

Subj: Spider-Man Revisited 38: Danny Fingeroth
Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 at 04:49:04 pm EDT (Viewed 14 times)

Original opinion: I don’t have one. He was just one of those guys who had written some Spider-Man stories.

Web #4-5 (Arms and the Man)
Dr. Octopus is not quite himself. The humiliation he went through in Spec #79 and seeing weird stuff in Secret Wars has had a bad effect on him. But his arms break him out of the sanitarium and he goes on a robbery spree, until he encounters Spider-Man and goes catatonic at the sight of him. Not one of his finest hours. I mean, when your weapons do better on autopilot… An interesting twist for one story, but I’m glad David Michelinie eventually fixed that.

Web #6 (Gold Rush)
A Secret Wars II crossover. The Beyonder has turned Power Man and Iron Fist’s office building (and every non living thing in it) to gold. Not good for the people still in there… or the world’s economy if word gets out. Spider-Man goes in to save the people and the Kingpin shows up to help clean up the mess. In typical fashion, the Kingpin gets a payoff and Spider-Man gets shot at, so Spidey opts to snag a gold notebook he found in a trashcan. (Of course, he’d go on to agonize over this moment of selfishness for the next few months…)

Web #10 (There, But for Fortune)
An old enemy of Dominic Fortune hires the Shocker to kill him, and Spider-Man gets in the way. It’s fine.

(It’s also the kick off to a series of stories with Dominic trying to find out whatever happened to Sabbath Raven. The story would continue over to Iron Man #212-213 long enough for Dominic’s son to be killed and for Dominic to realize that Sabbath has a daughter who is frankly something of rhymes-with-witch. Then it’s back to Web in a bit.)

Web #11 (Have You Seen that Vigilante Man) (script by Bill Mantlo)
Peter’s forced to take out some muggers without putting on the Spider-Man suit and ends up with some unwanted celebrity and getting his apartment firebombed. Some days it doesn’t pay to be a Samaritan. Featuring an interesting scene with Flash Thompson where Flash said the main reason he bullied Peter in high school was that Peter seemed to be too full of himself and Flash just wanted to take him down a peg. I can almost see that interpretation working for what happened after Peter became Spider-Man, but it doesn’t work for the pre-Spider-Man abuse. (BTW, Peter David wrote the conclusion so I’ll cover it when I get to him. (I.e., tomorrow.))

Spec #125-126 (Wrecking Havoc)
In addition to Dominic Fortune, Fingeroth also “adopted” the new Spider-Woman introduced in Secret Wars. He gave her a real name, daughter and background and, as of Iron Man #214 had her working for the government with a guy named Clemson as her contact. Clemson hated, for reasons to be addressed in the Spider-Woman mini-series that Fingeroth was planning on doing. Nothing ever came of it and Roy Thomas ended up taking care of all of that in Avengers West Coast and his Spider-Woman mini-series. Anyway, Spider-Woman’s first assignment for Clem has her running up against the Wrecking Crew, with Spider-Man in the mix because Peter Parker was sent to dig up dirt on Spider-Woman for Jonah Jameson. Lots of fighting, and we see the softer side of the Wrecker when his mother dies.

Web Ann #3 (w/ Roger Stern)
Profiles of the world of Peter Parker, circa 1987. Then Roger Stern provided us with a Gallery of Spider-Man's Forgotten Foes (i.e., a bunch of 70s characters, mostly from Marvel Team-Up, for those dying for a pin-up of Drom, the Backwards Man). Sure, it's a bunch of back-up features combined into one special, but sometimes it's useful to have all of that stuff in one place.

Web #71-72 (Fortune’s Fury)
Closing out Fingeroth’s Dominic Fortune storyline, this time also guest starring Silver Sable. Lots of shooting, but Dominic and Sabbath are finally reunited. Aww…

Marvel Holiday 1991 (A Spider Carol)
Jonah makes a donation to a children’s ward, but the clown never shows so Spider-Man offers to fill in. Jonah says no and the kids try to convince him otherwise. Then gunmen show up. Just one of those things.

Deadly Foes of Spider-Man
Originally intended for Marvel Comics Presents (9 chapters I think), but then someone decided they’d more money off of it by adding some new pages and making it a 4 issue mini. Showing different sides of the Sinister Syndicate (Beetle, Rhino, Speed Demon, Hydro Man and Boomerang), with the Shocker, Kingpin and a woman named Leila Davis tossed in for good measure. A betrayal here… a secret agenda there… pretty decent actually. (Although this time around I spent a little too much time figuring out what was originally in the serial, and what was added post-decision to make it a mini.) And Leila out to kill Beetle because of what he did to her husband (the Ringer) was interesting.

Lethal Foes of Spider-Man
The sequel to Deadly Foes, but not nearly as good, unfortunately. The basic idea is the same – various villains try to do their thing and Spider-Man gets in the middle of it all, but it quickly devolved into a random set of punch ‘em ups revolving around a “nuclear blaster.” I kinda liked the Answer in the Milgrom Spec run so it was nice to see him again, at least. And the Ringer returns from the dead sporting a “90s cybernetic makeover.” I don’t know what he was thinking there…

Friends and Enemies
The “Spider-Man of the 90s” (Darkhawk) teams up with the “Spider-Man of the 80s” (Speedball), the Spider-Man of the 70s” (Nova), and the “Spider-Man of the 60s” (ummm… Spider-Man) against a new team of teenage superbeings, the Metahumes, who were empowered by some crystals Darkhawk misplaced in his own book. I think the basic idea was to show how young people could go either way depending on the influences in their life, but the idea was never properly developed. Instead it all turned into random fights with a big fight with some crystal monster thingee at the end.

In summary… he was okay. The Web and Deadly Foes stuff was fairly decent. As to the rest, I’m sure he meant well.