I’d Buy That For A Dollar: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #156 (November 1989)

Welcome to ‘I’d Buy That For A Dollar’ a column where I will be exploring the weird and wonderful world of dollar bin diving. The only rule is each and every comic is purchased for one dollar (or less!).

This week’s comic is The Spectacular Spider-Man #156.

Gerry Conway’s run with Sal Buscema on The Spectacular Spider-Man is one of my favorites ever. I discovered it at a young age and it’s darker tone, psychological themes and at times almost weirdo art really stuck with me. I’ve been grabbing any I see since then.

There are a ton of great issues, but #156 is a highlight for sure. Buscema, who can be as slick as can be, has created a very raw and rough-looking cover; the interior pencils carry the same feel. The whole issue has a strong EC Comics horror vibe, especially with the very muted color palette and character design. And it has heavy Texas Chainsaw and The Hills Have Eyes echoes; the story finds Spidey lost in Appalachian mountains and running into some scary, mutated locals.  It’s truly a great comic to read and flip through. Let’s look at some pages.


Love the angular way Spidey looks here. This opening page just sets the tone!

The following image has a total EC Comics horror vibe.

Buscema’s pencils are way loose here and it’s a great way to give this an odd vibe.
Love the panel progression here! Buscema loves ending with those punches/slaps.
Banjo is the “villain'” and he has a total backwoods horror vibe. He also ends up being somewhat sympathetic.
The rounded edges on the flashback panels is a nice touch and a reminder that Buscema is a master!

See, that’s some great and very strange stuff for a mainstream Spidey comic. Again, the whole Conway/Buscema run is a real treat and well worth grabbing.

This issue also had a bunch of great videogame ads. Check them out:

Man, this game was hard!
Both these games were must-haves.
Remember these?!

You can find great dollar bins at almost every local comic shop. So find a shop, ask a comic clerk what they can do for you during this time and get some dollar comics! Pick them up curbside and have them delivered if you must!

Got your own awesome dollar bin finds? Toss them at me! 
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Manuel Gomez
Manuel Gomez
Assistant Comic Book Editor. Manny has been obsessed with comics since childhood. He reads some kind of comic every single day. He especially loves self-published books and dollar bin finds. 'Nuff said!