Writer - David Kraft
Artists - Jim Sherman/Al Weiss/Steve Mitchell
"Dark Side of the Moon"
I have fond memories of this King-Size Annual from 1981 and grabbing it off the stands at my local convenience store. Look at that stunning cover by Al Weiss and Joe Rubinstein. How could any 10 year-old resist that work of art!
And the cover actually had something to do with the story. In fact, it highlighted the many internal struggles that really made this issue a memorable one.
Let's get started by jumping right into the story.
Not only is John Jameson battling the influence of the Man-Wolf, but he's refereeing the infighting between Spider-Man and Jonah. Spidey's trying to help Connors and contain the damage that Jonah's causing as he's completely lost it and only wants to help his son.
Fortunately, Connors' Bio-Magnetic Converter does the job frees John of the gemstone's curse.
Sherman and Weiss prove to be a great artistic duo. They excel at not only the great, dynamic action scenes of the story, but also in those quiet thematic moment. The range of expressions and facial reactions are really well done. I also really appreciated how they contained and constrained the action within panel borders.