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When was the last time you read a comic with a dwarf in it?

You’ll notice a trend in the comics I’ve chosen as the greatest ever; they are not usually about the hero himself, but the other characters in the book. In this issue, Spider-Man faces off against a pair of misshapen twins with the ability to fuse together into one being that generates a large amount of energy. The little dynamo is wreaking havoc through New York City and charting a course for the Indian Point nuclear power plant across the Hudson.

A lot of good Spider-Man comics came out in that decade, books that would revolutionize the way comic stories were told. Spider-Man had an adult seriousness that was balanced against Peter’s naivete and goodness.The stories weren’t about the powers and costumes, they were about people trying to make their lives better and even Spider-Man’s great powers were not always enough to lift the burdens people carried with them.

As with most families, there is a good brother and a bad brother and the good one has had enough of the violence and destruction. The bad brother is angry at the world that has treated him like a freak, while the other just wants to be left alone. In a Pre-Willow/Peter Dinklage era, life was incredibly hard for little people.

Spider-Man of course, is not the most politically correct hero, little did he know that one day the M word would be offensive. Still, Spider-Man did what he could for them and I don’t recall ever seeing them appear again.

 

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