Hey. David again. I am humbled to be able to go through Ratchet’s extensive library of reader copies and trades. I came across a reader copy of TTA #60, sure it was sort of beat up but it was TTA #60! He has almost double of everything! I decided to look through and find issues I never read before. I found Web of Spiderman #7. Ratchet said it’s one of his favorite covers. I like it but I’ve also seen better.
The great thing about this issue is that it fits in perfectly with Hulk continuity and follows the events of Hulk #299. Peter Parker is dreaming. You know this because he is at work naked and all the other superheroes are there. Even the Hulk is there. He comes out swinging and Spiderman (who is constantly now changing costumes) is avoiding every blow. The Hulk brings down the Daily Bugle but that doesn’t stop him! As Spiderman keeps running he hears a cry for help. And then out of nowhere he wakes up. But he still hears the cries for help! He sees an inturder taking out his Uncle Ben, Aunt May, The Stacy’s and MJ and Betty.
He tracks the intruder down only to realize that it is in fact himself. He killed everyone he loves. He waxes cathartic for a moment but gets interuppted by the Hulk. He comes smashing back in and as Peter avoids being killed he runs into Nightmare. Nightmare is still on the run from the Hulk knowing that if he gets a hold of him that it will be the end!
Spiderman decides to try and protect Nightmare and they keep on tumbling through Spiderman’s version of Nightmare’s realm. Finally they reach the end. They can’t go any further or they will stumble into madness. The Hulk is there ready to land a crushing blow when Spiderman, who refuses to give up, knocks him beyond Nightmare’s realm. As they somewhat celebrate the win Nightmare then tells Spiderman that he thinks he will keep him there as sort of a protector. But as Nightmare gloats the Hulk’s hand snatches him from the other side and drags him down. He pleads with Spiderman to help him, but Spiderman lets him go. Then, Peter wakes up in his apartment with the Police and the landlady and other tenants all looking at him. Do they just let other people follow the Police into what could be a crime scene? Apparently in the Marvel Universe they do!
This was a thrilling issue and extremely fun to read. I’ve always liked when Marvel had side issues like this fit into continuity with out having to make a huge deal out of it. But also, anyone just reading Web of Spiderman could read this as a stand alone issue. It helps that it is penciled by the man Buscema, the regular Hulk artist at the time. Sal was coming close to the end of his run which is sort of funny when you look at who wrote the issue. Peter David himself! Years before he began his 12 year stint on the Hulk! Pretty interesting if you ask me.