Great Pages: Amazing Spider-Man #300

Although Spider-Man had dropped the black alien symbiote costume well before this issue was published, he had still been wearing a similar black costume made out of more earthbound materials on-and-off for years. After running into Venom for the first time in this issue, he decided to drop the black costume completely and switch back to the traditional red and blue design.

Todd McFarlane had been the doing the penciling chores on Amazing Spider-Man┬ásince issue #298. He only began inking duties as well with issue #300. McFarlane’s art infused Spider-Man was a sense of dynamism and agility to which fans responded very positively. There was even praise given to how McFarlane drew Spider-Man’s webbing, a compliment that few, if any, previous artists had ever received. It was this combination of artist and character, new blood and old tradition, that caused this page to become burned into many fans’ minds. This page helped launch McFarlane’s career.

From Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #300 (1988)


  1. Wow, that is one awesome piece! Such great detail in the webbing and the background, just perfect.

  2. Early McFarlane was so, so good. He is pretty much the reason I got back into comics in Jr. High. Hell, I even like his early stuff more than I like Lee’s.

  3. MarkCWarner (@MarkCWarner) says:

    It really still stands up magnificently

  4. I have a framed and poster on my wall at home of McFarlane’s Spider-Man number 1. I sometimes will just stare at it lol

  5. Yeah, this is one of my favourite books from my youth as well.

    I also thought it would pay for my college someday. Turns out? No.

    For me, the Venom that came after with the big crazy teeth and tongue was less creepy than the version in this book.

  6. This is an awesome and dynamic shot, but it should be noted that background is a photostat. McFarlane may not have even touched it, it may have been an unnamed production guy. Still a great shot of spidey, even if this pose means he has a huge ass.

  7. You can never go wrong with a MacFarlane Spider-Man page.

  8. I love that image and it is very iconic, but something about how Spider-man is positioned is just weird. I maybe it is just his spider like anatomy that is throwing me off

  9. Now this I love I have the mcfarlane amazing omnibus. And its my fave.

  10. anytime todd picks up a pencil it’s a good thing.

  11. Todd McFarlane + Spider-Man = Amazing.

  12. I got this issue, high-graded, for my birthday last year! It is one of my favorite things I have!

  13. I moved to NYC around this time.

    Man, I loved reading McFarlane Spider-Man, sitting on a Manhattan rooftop and drinking a Yoo-Hoo.

    Those were good times, young grommets.