Amazing Spider-Man #8:Spider-Man tackles The Torch!

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At the end of spider-man #8 we got a bonus,  a story featuring spider-man facing off against the human torch.  but Hero vs. hero is always a dangerous line, and one that can be tough to do right,  more so when its the main plot of a whole story.  so read on to my review to see if I think they pulled it off this time. 


with the exception of how it begin’s, I feel they did not do a bad job of  telling us a tale  that has been being built up to in both Spider-Man stories, and ones featuring the human torch.  Spider-Man party crashing at the human torches girlfriends just does not seem all that convincing, I would have expected better.

Once that was out-of-the-way, it was page after page of non stop action as the two hero’s fight, until the Fantastic Four join in. giving the story some redeeming hope as it progresses.


I was glad to see a spider-Man story by The King, Jack Kirby.   and with the Fantastic four, he also brought a great amount to this tale, giving us artwork and action that was top-notch, as well as personality, even tot he masked spider-Man.

I included a panel near the climax of the peace, showing event he human qualities that Jack can bring to the comic book characters.

Characters & Development

This was the big zero of the story, I felt that, Spider-Man’s reasoning was quite opposite how we have seen him act when it comes to starting the fight, and  that alone brought down this story as a whole, even here.  Then the fight offered little to redeem the story for our hero or for the guest stars.

Originality & Continuity

again not much was offered, or reasoned, this story was nothing more but an excuse to have the torch and spider-man fight,   giving us little long-term redeeming qualities.  Although a good fight between the two has been building, this background of this just does not fit.

Book Information:
Cover Date: Jan 1964
Read At:
  • Stan Lee
  • Jack Kirby
  • Steve Ditko
  • S Rosen
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