In the 1980s, Marvel Comics began experimenting with a new format for some of their stories. They began producing stand-alone tales of some of their characters in a larger format, on better paper, and with a broader color palette. It was in this line that X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills and The Death of Captain Marvel were produced. Also among this line was a tale of Spider-Man fighting against a supernatural shape changer. That is the tale told in The Amazing Spider-Man: Hooky.
Written by Susan K. Putney, this story had Spider-Man help a young magic user out against her most hated foe. Only after agreeing to help did Spider-Man realize the problems that this ancient villain, known as Tordenkakerlakk, would cause him. Drawn by the great Bernie Wrightson, co-creator of Swamp Thing, Tordenkakerlakk fought Spider-Man by molding his body in a variety of unsavory ways. The level of detail here, including the impressive coloring done by Wrightson himself, is something that just wouldn’t have been able to be published in any of Spider-Man’s monthly series. The entire book is a tour de force for Wrightson. Even all of these years later, this page still has the power to unsettle the reader.