Comics : Spider-Man Magazine #7

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This review was first published on: 2005.

Background...

This is a magazine-sized periodical that was targeted for kids (Think Nickelodeon Magazine). It contained two six-page comic strips (One staring Spider-Man and the second another Marvel hero or group - usually the X-Men). It also contains fan art, puzzles, word searches, jokes, and kid-targeted features (on nature, etc.), as well as bios of Spidey, and other Marvel characters (The Fantastic Four in this issue). Most of the issues (#1 and from #4 forward) contained uncut sheets of Marvel trading cards bound inside. The entire contents of the mag are done in that free-wheeling, jokey, Marvel Bullpen style. The mag was packaged by an outside firm, and distributed by Marvel.

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In Detail...

"Panic at the Planetarium"
Spider-Man Magazine #7 (Story 1)
Nov 1994 : SM Title
Summary: Featuring The X-Men (Fleer Cards)
Editor:  Michael Teitelbaum
Writer:  Joey Cavalieri
Pencils:  Jesse D. Orozco
Inker:  Mike Esposito
Add. Art:  Artie, Dave Hunt, Don Heck, Greg Adams, John Romita, Sr., Ruiz, Wayne A. Murray, Yancy Labat
Add. Writing:  Holly Gates, Mike Pellowski, Robert Loren Fleming, Tom Brevoort
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Daily Bugle photographer is taking photos at the Hayden Planetarium in NYC of the Hulk (who is during one of his phases where he has the brain of Dr. Robert Bruce Banner), demonstrate a solar collector. The even is disrupted by the Juggernaut who wants to use the solar collector to boost his own strength. He learns the folly of going mano-a-mano with The Hulk who knocks him out (and them Spidey webs him up) but not until he damages the collector. Now Spidey and The Hulk have to repair the collector (and capture the Juggernaut who has regained consciousness). Using the Juggernaut's strength against they manage to do both.

The second story is actually a cute tale where Jubilee is writing a letter home to her parents about a "typical day" at Prof. Xavier's School.

In General...

Keeping in mind that this is targeted for kids, it plays out fine (if you go for that kind of thing-my son seemed to like it when he was younger). It really isn't an item that most Spidey (or X-Men) fans will want to seek out and actively collect, but if they stumbled across it, it is kind of fun to have.

Overall Rating...

The comic stories are simplistic and probably don't fit into any actual continuity. Plus the feature articles are all one-two pages long. The jokes are cute, but if the comic was owned by a kid, they probably have completed all of the puzzles, thus bringing down any real (or imagined) value of the book as far as hard-core collectors are concerned. While both stories are okay, they are still toss-offs for the kiddies, and don't really garner much interest.

Footnote...

This issue contains an uncut sheet of four bound-in Marvel Masterprints trading cards (Spider-Man Beast, Kraven, & The Chameleon).