Untold Tales of Spider-Man # 17
Writer: Kurt Busiek
Penciller: Pat Olliffe
Inker: Al Williamson
Letterer: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Colorist: Steve Mattsson
Cover Date: January 1997
This week, with the latest Hawkeye episode out (and this one could break the internet), I’ll take a look at Untold Tales of Spider-Man # 17 which features a never-before-told battle between Spider-Man and the famed marksman himself, which I can presume to take place after Hawkeye and The Black Widow’s battle with Iron Man in “Tales of Suspense # 57 which is Hawkeye’s very first appearance.
Seeing Hawkeye and Black Widow before they joined the Avengers, not to mention coming to blows with Spider-Man himself, is an interesting premise seeing as how Clint Barton is an outlaw and is having a tough time standing beside Natasha Romanoff (Who he found out is a foreign spy) and being him own man and doing right. I like that Hawkeye’s eternal struggle becomes the foundation for this issue, and the action sequences between him and Spidey are top-notch. Throughout this series, Kurt Busiek has shown a ton of respect and love for the silver age era of The Marvel Universe and his handling of Hawkeye really elevated this issue. Meanwhile, Pat Olliffe’s artwork shines, as usual, with elements of both Steve Ditko and John Romita Sr. mixed into complete perfection; it’s also a joy to see Al Williamson’s inks bring it to life (Although I do miss the inking styles of both Al Vey and Pam Eklund)
The early days of Hawkeye are such a blast to read because we got to see how he started to where he would eventually end up down the road, and this issue should be a must-have for anyone getting into the Disney+ series.
Well, that’s it for me this week. Thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.