The Living Brain’s first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 1) #8 is a fascinating comic for many reasons. It always stuck out, when I first read the Lee/Ditko classics, because it didn’t feature a marquee villain. Instead, it had a great story about Peter boxing Flash, and incredible stakes over the discovery of Spider-Man’s secret identity. When “Kraven’s Last Hunt” re-sparked my passion for collecting, the second issue I received in the mail was Web of Spider-Man #35, a tribute to ASM #8 and The Living Brain. The way Slott once again revived the character, promoted him from the Z-list, and made him one of the most fun parts of the series, is just one reason, despite how many of us feel about “Goblin Nation,” “Spider-Verse,” and nearly all of Volume 4, he will ultimately go down as one of the greatest writers of Spider-Man.
Spectacular Spider-Snark is an irreverent and irrelevant look at the world of your favorite wall crawler scripted by Superior Spider-Talk contributor Kyle Chrise and drawn by artist and Superior Spider-Talk contributor Nick Cagnetti. You can see more of Nick’s awesome work HERE.