Classic Comic Cover Corner – Amazing Spider-Man #161

Every Sunday morning we showcase a classic comic cover, complete with compelling commentary, for your cordial contemplation. It’s the Classic Comic Cover Corner!

Amazing Spider-Man #161 – October, 1976

Cover Art by Gil Kane

Amazing Spider-Man #161
Amazing Spider-Man #161 – October, 1976

BAMF! Nightcrawler finally makes it to the Classic Comic Cover Corner! “Why now,” you ask? Many reasons, but most importantly because the X-Men’s Kurt Wagner is the coolest German hero that there is, and, in case you haven’t noticed, this is “Oktoberfest” season, America’s only official German holiday.

Amazing Spider-Man #161 is being showcased not only because of its incredibly cool characters, but also because the story’s action takes place at an amusement park, and as serendipity would have it, this very weekend the Arizona State Fair and its array of thrilling rides and attractions just opened for business.

In the story penned by the legendary Len Wein, titled, “…And the Nightcrawler Came Prowling, Prowling,” Spidey and Nightcrawler attempt to apprehend a sniper, but end up fighting each other instead (as comic heroes often do), and eventually even the Punisher ends up in the mix.

Maybe these heroes would all get along better if they would just knock back a few cold German brews together – then again, maybe not.

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Bob Leeper

Bob Leeper is the co-owner and manager of "Arizona’s Pop Culture and Alternative Art Network," Evermore Nevermore. He is the co-creator of the pop culture events Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON, and is a member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society. He also curates the Facebook fan site The Arizona Cave – AZ Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is one of the few brave and bold fans of Jar Jar Binks.

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