As I said before, Spidey came all-too-close to jumping the shark at the early part of his second 200 issues...
And it's villains like the Gibbon that are the reason why, here seen on the cover of issue 110! Yes, this was the era of the Rocket Racer and all those other laughable Spidey villains... I think that maybe Hammerhead was the only villain created during this time who's lasted at all... Kingpin was before 100, wasn't he?
Amazing Spider-Man 120 featured this Spidey-Hulk battle... I wonder about the timing... did this issue come out before Marvel Team-Up #1? Because if sales were really good on this issue, it might've inspired that later title...
Speak of the devil, here's good ol' Hammerhead himself, along with those bad 70s ideas, the Spider-Mobile and the guy behind the whole clone thing... the Jackal.
Issue 140 features the Grizzly... but at least we've got Gil Kane art on the cover to make up for it!
A great Gil Kane cover adorns Amazing Spider-Man 150... and hey, it's classic Spidey villains, too!
Yes, that's the Spider-Mobile attacking Spidey on the cover of issue 160... and if you don't know who the guy who planned this is, you're not a true Marvelmaniac, effendi!
On Amazing Spider-Man 170, we've got Doctor Faustus appearing... but I think he was put to better use in Captain America. But that's just my opinion!
Issue #180 here... how many Spidey sagas have been touted as "The most sensational Spidey-saga of all," anyway?
Issue 190, and the Man-Wolf returns! Well, not that he'd been featured here so far, but you know what I mean. The Man-Wolf was one of those ideas that was fostered by the frustration Marvel felt with the Comics Code forbidding supernatural types, and how to get around it. Morbius was a similar thing.
The cover for Amazing Spider-Man #200 should've been absolutely awesome... but you know, for me, it just feels kind of flat. And that's probably why this will wrap up the Amazing Spider-Man... by the 10's!
Next time... who knows?
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