Ultimate Spider-Man 8 (June 2001)

So Uncle Ben’s murder doesn’t have a name? Didn’t they give him… oh, right… Anyway, I didn’t realize we were dealing with the Joker or something here. I guess it never occurred to me (in the Lee issues, the burglar exits, Bendis uses him here as a link to the Kingpin).

This issue brings Peter to the Bugle, gets him hired (not as a photographer–also, was Peter fifteen in the originals? I assumed he was sixteen or seventeen). The young age will foul up any romance with Betty Bryant; Bendis doesn’t set it up at all.

Some stuff with the schoolmates, not a lot, more stuff with Mary, again, not a lot.

It’s funny to see what Bendis does and doesn’t spend time on, what doesn’t get a page of panels recounting fifteen to thirty seconds–don’t get me wrong, Aunt May on the phone with Jonah is fantastic.


Working Stiff; writer, Brian Michael Bendis; penciller, Mark Bagley; inker, Art Thibert; colorist, JC; letterer, Wes Abbott; editors, Brian Smith and Ralph Macchio; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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