AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL - #22 1ST APP OF SPEEDBALL (1988 - VF+/NM)
💥 FIRST APPEARANCE OF SPEEDBALL!
"Drug War Rages" Guest-starring Daredevil and Speedball. Part 5 of the Evolutionary War storyline. First appearance of Speedball. Plot by Tom DeFalco. Script by David Michelinie. Pencils by Mark Bagley. Inks by Mike Esposito. Cover by Ron Frenz and Joe Rubinstein.
What begins as a simple drug bust in a west side warehouse...escalates into a battle atop the Empire State Building to save the lives of everyone in the Big Apple! Along the way the Amazing Spider-Man teams up with a familiar ally, the Man Without Fear; and meets a new superhero: Speedball (aka Robbie Baldwin)! The High Evolutionary wants to sterilize New York's population to eradicate DNA strands deemed to be undesirable! Can the web-slinger, Daredevil, and Speedball defeat the Purifiers and maintain the gene pool status quo?
The Evolutionary War storyline continues in Fantastic Four Annual 21. Appearances by the Kingpin, Arranger, Madeline Naylor, Mary Jane Watson, Ben Urich, and J. Jonah Jameson.
First backup story: "He Who Laughs..." Plot by Steve Ditko. Script by Roger Stern. Pencils by Steve Ditko. Inks by Jackson Guice. Speedball battles a crazy stagehand seeking revenge against his mother.
Second backup story: "Kindred Spirits" Story by Mark Gruenwald. Pencils by Ron Lim. Inks by Tony DeZuniga. Chapter 6 of the High Evolutionary's history. Inside his Wundagore Mountain citadel, Edgar Wyndham creates Bova -- the future nanny of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch; and foolishly ignores Magnus' warning that the spirit of Chthon is bound to Wundagore Mountain.
First backup feature: Spider-Man and J. Jonah Jameson pin-up by Larry Lieber and Frank Giacoia.
Second backup feature: 2-page diagram of Peter and Mary Jane's Bedford Towers apartment.
Third backup feature: Two unpublished Amazing Spider-Man covers -- the first by Larry Lieber & Jack Abel; the second by Bob Layton.
💥 CONDITION: VF+/NM
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