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The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) - #17
"Whatever Happened To The Iceman?"

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Bill Mantlo

Sal Buscema

David 'Dave' Hunt

Janice Cohen

Bruce D. Patterson

Archie Goodwin

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John Byrne
John Romita Sr.

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Cover Date: April 1978
Cover Price: US $ 0.35

Issue Tagline: To The Last Champion!

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 17 pages

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Letters Column: Spectacular Spider-Mail

On assignment from the Daily Bugle, Peter Parker flies to Los Angeles to photograph the break-up of The Champions superhero team. Alas, he arrives too late, but meets and photographs the Angel, who recaps for him the group's disbandment and abandonment of their shoddily built headquarters building. Made suspicious by falling window panes earlier, Spidey returns and discovers Angel being blackmailed and threatened by a bandaged man in a wheelchair and his muscle, an armor-clad man revealed to be Rampage. Spidey begins to fight Rampage, and is confused by Angel's reluctance to join the fracas... until the last panel's startling revelation.

Reprinted/Collected in:
Champions Classic (2006) TPB vol. 02
Essential Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man (2005) TPB vol. 01
Ihmesarja (2002) #11
Marvel Tales (1964) #228

This two-issue storyline is designed to tie up loose ends from THE CHAMPIONS #17, the final issue of the short-lived series.

Responses to Razorback fill this issue's letter's page, with most comments critical of the CB-radio ratchet-jawin' good ol' boy from Texarkana. Helmsman Collins from Arkansas finds this hero from his home state "so darned degrading," and contends that "Razorback is a cross between Slim Pickens and 'Monk' Mayfair [from Doc Savage]." Mark Lamport of South Bend, IN asks, "Does Razorback always have to talk in CB lingo? And what's more, he's the classic southern stereotype--loyal to his family, naive, loves to brawl. Spidey was right, LUMMOX."

Two full-page ads for Star Wars merchandise (the one for Heroes World of NJ likely illustrated by Kubert School students) set this comic squarely in its 1978 milieu. Opposite the Bullpen Bulletins is a Hostess Twinkies ad featuring Daredevil in "McBrain's Brain Drain."

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