When I think of Spider Man my thoughts immediately go to Todd Mcfarlane. Todd is a FORCE in the comics world. Personal opinion may sometimes vary on what kind of force Todd was the first artist I became a fan of. Yes art was always important to me in reading comics. The medium itself is visual. There was something about Todd’s work , especially on Spider Man that really appealed to me. I loved The larger eyes in his costume, the thick viscous quality of his webs. I looked forward to all rich characters in spidey’s world: Mary Jane, Felicia, Lizard, Venom and Doc Ock being drawn by Todd.
David Michelinie was the author of these adventures. His writing style had a great balance of focusing on Peter’s Spider Man career and personal life.
David handled Peters transition from a single hero t0 a married man. It’s a new focus for Peter. He is inspired to seek out a higher caliber of jobs, feeling a little insecure with Mary Janes higher income. Mary Jane is also well written. She is a great support for Peter. She fully supports his Spider Man career and spends many late nights waiting for him to come home. David really portrayed the difficulty these two have balancing their new lives as a married couple. With characters like Silver Sable, Venom and the Lizard the Spidey battles were intense. I enjoyed watching Todd’s art style grow and define itself.
Behind the scenes though there seemed to be some dissatisfaction on Todd’s part. In an effort to keep them on the successful character a new book was created. One where Todd was both artist and writer.
The first ten issue of this series were for me the height of his artistic growth with Spider Man. These issues also allowed him to experiment and improve as a writer. The lessons he learned served him well upon his leaving Marvel and becoming a founding member of Image comics and creating Spawn. There have been many wonderful art and writing team on Spider Man through the years but this run by a creative team.