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Jul 11, 2019

Conway cannily caches a crepuscular clone cameo near the crescendo of a seemingly throwaway Mysterio two-parter straight out of the Scooby Doo script slush pile. So many incredible developments in these issues! MJ and Pete’s autumnal stroll through Central Park; Betty and Ned – engaged at last; J. Jonah Jameson leaves the country; and Spider-Buggy: No More! And, as usual, the paratext pushes the conversation in a million different semi-coherent directions – most notably some reflection on Roy Thomas’s World War II titles (occasioned by a Bullpen Bulletins teaser for THE INVADERS) and the Hobbesian editorial power vacuum at Marvel during the mid-1970s. All this plus another missive from Todd Murry, chock full of information about contemporary comics and Sesame Street lore.  

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