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Amazing Spider-Man #79: Review

Dec 1969
Stan Lee, Jim Mooney

Story Name:

To Prowl No More!

Review & Comments

4 stars

Amazing Spider-Man #79 Review by (May 27, 2020)
A story that shows two young men, a heroic one, and a confused one, pushed to committing crimes when he found no ways to make it right. A happy ending, the villain reconsiders his acts and accepts serving time for his wrongdoing. And the hero is clement, letting his opponent walk away, trusting he would now do fine, giving him a second chance in life.

The art is of the highest quality. John Buscema's layouts are clearly distinguished under Mooney's pencils/inks. Many panels with expressive, dynamic artwork. No wonder why John Buscema was elite during his working days, and his drawings are considered legendary.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Amazing Spider-Man #79 Synopsis by Julio Molina-Muscara
We see Peter Parker jumping through the window of J. Jonah Jameson's office. Using his spider powers, he lands on the ground safely and runs up the building. Meanwhile, the Prowler believes he's just killed Parker, and flees through the window as Jameson and Robbie Robertson enter the office. In the terrace, Spider-Man catches the Prowler but falls victim to a gas attack. The villain escapes.

Peter returns to the office and claims that Spider-Man saved him from the fatal fall. Feeling ill, he goes back to his apartment. Before passing out, he remembers Gwen Stacy's treason, now dating Flash Thompson, or so he thinks...

In another part of town, the Prowler, a young black male named Hobie Brown, sees his plans of fame and glory destroyed, and his chances with his girl Mindy, too. Regretting being a murderer, he theorizes that he might get a chance at redemption by capturing Spider-Man, considered a menace by the media.

The next day, Peter stumbles upon Gwen and lets her know about his disappointment. And that night, Spider-Man goes after the Prowler, finding him in a jewelry store. Using a gas filter, and his amazing speed to duck power blasts, Spidey easily defeats his opponent. Spider-Man pulls the Prowler's mask off, revealing his young age. Hobie explains how he tried to do things right but when nobody cared, he ended up getting into trouble. Hobie asks Spider-Man to lock him up, but he decides to give the young confused man a second chance and lets him go free.

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Jim Mooney
Jim Mooney
John Romita (Cover Penciler)
John Romita (Cover Inker)
Layouts: John Buscema. Letterer: Sam Rosen.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

J. Jonah Jameson
J. Jonah Jameson

(JJ Jameson)

(Hobie Brown)
Robbie Robertson
Robbie Robertson

(Joe Robertson)

(Peter Parker)

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