Si Zentner & his Orchestra - The Swingin Eye (1962)
Spider-Man #1 (August 1990)
Cover, Art & Story by Todd McFarlane
This is an interesting book in my collection because it helped kick-start the comics bubble of the 90s. This was one of the first comics sold as a collector’s item. It sold over 2 million copies.
Anyway, McFarlane left Amazing in 1989 and was given his own tittle (this one) which he wrote and illustrated. The art is pure McFarlane and so is the story. That’s a problem. Mcfarlane isn’t a terrible artist/writer but he’s no John Byrne (Artist/Writer of Fantastic Four from ‘81-‘86). He writes in these stilted sentences that either point out the painfully obvious or culminate in bland dialogue. Let’s just say he’s a better artist than writer.
The story is nothing special. Spider-Man swings around New York patting himself on the back for having such awesome powers and a great life (quite a change from the Lee/Ditko days). Meanwhile the Lizard is back and killing people left and right.
Peter returns home to MJ telling her about a crook who had tried to shoot him saying: "Don’t these crooks understand? I’ve had hundreds—probably thousands of fights against Dr. Doom, Hulk, The Goblins, Rhino—Red Skull—Venom—Heck I even had one against Thanos for God’s sake!". The issue ends with Spidey swinging into a new day beside a panel of the Lizard looking for his next meal.