Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Penciller: Alex Saviuk
Inkers: Keith Williams/Mike Esposito
Letterer: Rick Parker
Colorist: Janet Jackson
Cover Date: May 1988
It seems like I haven’t reviewed a Spider-Man comic for quite some time now. So for this week’s installment, I’ll take a look at Web Of Spider-Man # 38 from 1988. In this issue, we get another early appearance from The Hobgoblin (Who at the time, was Jason Macendale a.k.a. Jack O’Lantern) and I felt that this character’s appearance was a lot better than the first two times he appeared (Which was Amazing Spider-Man # 298 and Web Of Spider-Man # 29); With word of Hobgoblin’s appearance, Spidey hits the scene….. but without his usual heroic flair as he’s drunk (That’s right- Drunk!) after he’s had some spiked punch (Peter and Mary Jane were throwing a party in Pete’s old apartment building as he was in the process of moving out)
This Spider-Man/Hobgoblin “battle” is very hilarious and it shows what a talented storyteller Fabian Nicieza is and his humor is still timeless as it would be at least two years away before he would go on to co-create Deadpool. I’ve always liked Alex Saviuk’s artwork as his style back in those days was very much had that classic John Romita Sr. vibe to it, which was better than the Todd McFarlane influence that had a chokehold on Saviuk’s art (As well as Sal Buscema’s work) at the end of the eighties.
A very classic done-in-one issue of Web, and seeing as how this title got a horrible reputation of never holding down a solid creative team, I felt like this was truly one of the best issues of WoSM from the 1980s.
Next week, I’ll be back with another review so thanks for sticking around and I’ll see you all next time.