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I was writing very tight plot, panel by panel, shot by shot, but as you know, ten different artists can take the same plot and do ten different things with it. They can totally capsize the story, but Sal [Buscema] is simply amazing. He responded to all the emotion I was putting down on paper, and translated it into pictures. All our work climaxed with Harry’s death in Spectacular #200, which is one of the best Spider-Man stories I ever wrote. That was Sal at his best. It was my intention to write a lot of dialogue at the end of that story, to sort of tie up Peter and Harry’s relationship. But I looked at the artwork and realised that it didn’t need any words. All the emotion was already there!

J.M. DeMatteis