Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays Spidey fans! For this addition of Spidey Classics I thought I’d take a look at a Spider-Man Christmas special from the nineties: Sensational Spider-Man #24 from the creative team of Todd DeZago and Todd Nuack (who recently reunited to do a backup story in ASM #663)!
Meanwhile, Hydro-Man is walking the streets of New York, paranoid that the police and S.H.I.E.L.D. are after him. After mistaking two regular people for S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, Hydro-Man powers up and goes on a rampage, running into Spider-Man. After a brief battle, Hydro-Man manages to escape.
As Spidey continues to search he flashes back to earlier in the day when his friend and partner Billy Walters, a freelance reporter for the Daily Bugle (whom Peter describes as “one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met”) gave him a present and expressed his fondness for Spider-Man. Peter never thought of getting Billy anything, and now he’s racked with guilt. Unable to find anything, Peter returns home.
Back at the Parker home, Mary Jane notices that Peter is looking down, and encourages him to go take care of whatever it is he needs to do so he can come back home in the Christmas spirit. Taking MJ’s advice, Peter heads back out as Spider-Man, still unsure of what to get Billy. But then, as Spidey sees the city enamoured in the Christmas spirit he gets an idea. Spider-Man delivers a present to Billy (from Peter) and spends the night hanging out with him, much to Billy’s delight. That night, Peter happily celebrates Christmas with his family.
DeZago and Nuack craft an enjoyable if slightly cheesy holiday issue. Nuack as always does a stellar job with the artwork and DeZago has always been a solid spider-writer. It would have been nice had DeZago done more with Hydro-Man, as his appearance only serves to give the issue an obligatory fight scene. Regardless, Sensational Spider-Man #24 is an enjoyable done-in-one holiday special where Spidey has to deal with a dilemma we've all faced during the holiday season.