This month’s featured crossover is “Kraven’s Last Hunt.” This story appeared in the pages of Web of Spider-man, Amazing Spider-man, and Spectacular Spider-man. I’m not sure why it didn’t appear in an issue of Stupendous Spider-man. Wait, I might be making that last title up. Although, wouldn’t it be a great title for a Spider-man book? But I digress. Below is brief recap of the story, and some thoughts on it.
Kraven’s Last Hunt
Issues: Web of Spider-man #31-32, Amazing Spider-man #293-294, Spectacular Spider-man #131-132
Writer: J. M. DeMatteis
Artist: Mike Zeck
This is a story about death. Part of it is about dying having known that you have lived a life with no regrets and are dying with honor. Part of it is about being afraid dying, and what will happen to those you leave behind. And part of the story is about being afraid that someone close to you may die, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
Kraven the hunter knows that he is nearing the end of his life, but he feels like he has to defeat Spider-man before he goes. He must do this because Spider-man is the one creature that he has not been able to conquer. Defeating Spider-man will bring honor to not only him, but his family name. Honor that was lost when his family was forced to leave Russia with the rise of Communism. Peter Parker is thinking back on how many people that have been in his life that have passed away. He wonders who will be next: Aunt May, Mary Jane, or even himself. Mary Jane fears that one day
her new husband Peter Parker won’t return home from a night of being Spider-man. Also appearing in this story is a creature named Vermin. He doesn’t like the world above the sewers, but really he’s in this story to serve as a way for Kraven to prove himself. More on that later.
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