Sensational Spider-Man # -1
Writer: Todd Dezago
Penciller: Mike Wieringo
Inker: Richard Case
Letterers: Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Kiff Scholl
Colorist: Gregory Wright
Cover Date: July 1997
This week, I’ll take a look at the minus 1 issue of Sensational Spider-Man, which was part of Marvel’s “Flashback” event where back in 1997 Marvel released a minus 1 issue of all of their titles in which we got to witness the heroes of the Marvel Universe before they got their powers. For the “Flashback” installment of SSM, we see Peter Parker and his Uncle Ben on a fishing trip until they get attacked by X, Gigantus, Groot (not the lovable version from “Guardians Of The Galaxy”), and The Blip- Those memorable monsters of the Marvel Universe that came out in the 1950s. The appearance of the monsters finds Peter and Ben looking for safety but the whole scenario turns out to be a nightmare due to the horror comics Peter enjoyed reading (Remember those pre-superhero days when Marvel put out titles catering to Horror and Sci-Fi?!)
The Flashback issues were definitely hit-and-miss, but this one was quite enjoyable due to the addition of the Marvel Monsters which felt like something that came straight out of the fifties and might I add that it was fun to see Peter Parker as a pre-teen enjoying comic books (The monster comics are his favorite) while seeing Aunt May and Uncle Ben together made this very unforgettable yet touching; Dezago and Wieringo delivered such magic during the time on Sensational but this issue we really got to see their creativity shine to the point that they truly were the best creative team to handle Spider-Man in the mid-1990s, with or without his costume on.
The issue ends with a happy ending as well as a cameo from a Doctor Strange villain (**NO SPOILERS**) but if you’re a Marvel Comics fan, especially before the Silver Age came along, I would recommend that this issue should be in anyone’s collection.
Well, that’s it for me this week. Thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.