Wednesday, December 21, 2016

366 Days with J. Jonah Jameson, Day 356: Christmas Tie Is Here

So far we've seen J. Jonah Jameson hand out Christmas bonuses of five bucks, ten bucks, cigar scented cards, cigars, and a thousand bucks in Confederate money. In this, the final (well, the last one I could find) set of panels commemorating JJJ giving a Christmas bonus, what do you think it will be? Could it be something as boring and mundane as...a necktie?

Panels from The Spectacular Spider-Man #173 (February 1991), plot by Gerry Conway, script by David Michelinie, pencils and inks by Sal Buscema, colors by Bob Sharen, letters by Rick Parker

Yes. Yes it is a necktie. And Pete gave the same one to Jonah, so i think we can sum this one up under the category of you reap what you sow, Spider-Man! Bwah-ha-ha-ha! I woulda paid folding money to see Peter wear that over his costume for the rest of the issue.

By the way, the placement of those last three panels really bugs me — they don't visually read in sequence. Sal Buscema is usually much better at panel placement, so I'll just assume he was miffed at Tom DeFalco giving him a cee-gar for Christmas. In the olden days they woulda put an arrow to guide you from panel to panel. Here, I rearranged it for ya!

Tomorrow! Yes, tomorrow...just because I haven't anymore JJJ Christmas Bonus sequences at hand doesn't mean A Holly Jonah Christmas ends! Tomorrow: the most surprising and yet unsuitable Santa of them all, and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders! Also tomorrow: Pittsburgh blows up! Don't miss it!

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