Steve Goble

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In 1981 Super Spider-Man TV Comic in the UK ran a "Become a Marvel Artist" competition (apparently with a "Become A Marvel Writer" comp too), offering a prize of putting together a special two-page Spider-Man strip for the mag.

So, about six months later in #493, Gary Mountford and Stephen Easterbrook hit us with a rarely-seen rematch between Spidey and the Vulture.

Mountford's script packs-in a ton of story for just two pages, yet never feels rushed. And Easterbrook's artwork is tremendous. There's a spider hidden somewhere in almost every panel, not to mention a few subtle Spider-Men. In fact, I have to say that the more I look, the more stuff I find buried away in there.

Given how little original Spider-Man the UK weekly saw, this is a bit of a treat to come across. I guess when you only have two pages, you pack a lot more into them.


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