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Subj: O'neil's Spidey
Posted: Thu Aug 06, 2020 at 07:26:24 am EDT (Viewed 88 times)
Reply Subj: Re: is everyone else nuts?
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For me, it hit me in that sweet spot, when I was 11 years old, on the brink of becoming a comic book collector instead of just a reader. O’Neill’s run does have the attributes you mentioned (I especially like the oddball Spidey/Subby pairings), but it also has the rather poor Lonesome Pincus gag, the King King rip-off (which I unashamedly love) and Peter treating Deb Whitman terribly. It’s a mixed bag but I give it a thumbs up overall, especially when you include Annuals 14 & 15.
Moench’s FF is a little harder to defend. It was from around the same time, so, again, I have nostalgia, but I think what I enjoyed was that it was written like a horror book starring the FF, a nice twist on the usual sci-fi/super hero stories.

good observations. I only read O'neil's Spidey stories as an adult so that might be part of it. Since it precedes the legendary Stern run (that I still consider the best, even if I'm biased. Its when I started bying comics more regularly).

I felt O'neil was a better fit with Daredevil (which I think is underrated due to following Miller) as he seemed to connect with DD more, adding elements like the IRA/Irish stories and Micah Synn. I guess I felt Denny did better with the more serious morose tone of DD than the lighter hard-luck of Peter Parker. Maybe thats why he did well on Batman who I would consider closer to DD in tone (but I havent read his Batman).

Deep down I really want to like his Spidey run. I'll give it another shot. I mean it has Ramrod poisoning a bar because they didnt like his country music (if I recall correctly) which has so much awesome in one sentence.

Its funny how stuff felt more "adult" when we were young. My first comics were ASM 183-185 which had the White Dragon, Rocket Racer and the Big Wheel. At the time, they seemed cutting edge adult (I was 4 at the time).

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