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Heroes, Villains, and Me: My Friend Jeff and the Death of the Stacys

“Heroes, Villains, and Me” is a periodic article on Geeky KOOL by Larry Litle about the world of comic books and my reaction to it. “Heroes, Villains, and Me” is not a comic book review article. I will write about current events, speculation and rumors, or my own wacky thoughts about the world of comic books.



I was recently tagged in a post on Facebook. The idea was to post about your favorite comic book issue. The post asked us to tell why you loved the comic and what meaning it had to you. Tag others in the post that have a connection your comic reading and pass it along.

I don’t often play those Facebook games of tagging and posting. Since I love comics, I decided to play along. I thought long and hard about what comic issue to pick. But when it came down to it, my comic selection was an easy pick for me.  Amazing Spider-Man 121 was my selection.

I was a small child when Amazing Spider-Man 121 hit the stands.  I am not sure how I got a copy of it but I had an original #121 and 122.  I loved these issues.

These comics were so emotional and powerful. They were raw. I couldn’t believe they killed Gwen Stacy.  I developed a hate for Green Goblin.  Spider-Man nearly crossed the line and killed the Green Goblin and no one would have blamed him if he had.

I couldn’t stop reading these issues.  Over the years, I re-read them over and over again.  The covers fells off of the books and the pages fell apart. I have such found memories of both issues. I still get upset by just thinking about  the death of Gwen.

If I could have any comic back in my collection, I would to put 121 back in my collection and properly display it.

My long time friend and buddy, Jeff Farinha, read my Facebook post about my love of this issue.  He took note and wrote it down.  Jeff went on a hunt for these issues because he wanted to do something wonderful for me.

Jeff found out that an original Amazing Spider-Man 121 is a bit expensive.  Most of the copies of Amazing Spider-Man sell between $100 and $1000 depending on the condition of the issue.

Jeff went into a local comic store and asked about reprints of these issues.  He found a trade copy of the deaths of both Captain Stacy and the death of Gwen Stacy.  It had Amazing Spider-Man 88-92 with the death of Captain Stacy and the fallout from it.  It is followed by my favorite issues with Amazing Spider-Man 121 and 122.

I am a very happy geek. I remember reading the reprints of the Death of Captain Stacy when I was a kid.  I love my awesome trade Jeff!  Thank you!

Stay Geeky My Friends!


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