Comics : Untold Tales of Spider-Man #12

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This review was first published on: 2004.

Background...


Writer : Kurt Busiek
Penciller : Pat Oliffe
Finishes : Al Vey & Pam Eklund

In Detail...

"The Secrets of Betty Brant"
Untold Tales of Spider-Man #12
Aug 1996 : SMURF 012.750 : SM Title
Editor:  Tom Brevoort
Writer:  Kurt Busiek
Pencils:  Pat Olliffe
Inker:  Al Vey, Pam Eklund
Cover Art:  Pat Olliffe
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Articles: Aunt May Parker, Betty Brant, Betty Brant, Jameson, J. Jonah, Sally Avril

This episode fills in a lot of Betty Brant's background. It talks about how her brother fell in with Doctor Octopus (and his subsequent death of course). It also backgrounds how she got the job as JJJ's secretary, and we learn about her mother.

The sub-plot has BlueBird again getting involved as Spider-Man tackles a giant beetle left over from a fight with Ant-Man. BlueBird actually manages to help a little, but it is made quite clear that without Spider-Man's help, she (and Jason who is there to take photos of her) would have been in a lot of trouble.

In General...

Again, the great thing is that Busiek has gotten in and very carefully fleshed out a lot of the unknowns about a major character. Of course, Betty was completely mucked up a while back when they decided to transform her from an previously insecure woman dealing with her unhappy marriage followed by the death of her husband Ned, into a butt-kicking ninja Private Investigator. Duh.

Overall Rating...

If you like the concept behind Untold Tales then this will be just what you're looking for.