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Marvel Day: 5 Myths About Ben Reilly In The ‘Clone Saga’

 

DC DAY

Writer(s)

Tom DeFalco, Todd DeZago


Penciler(s)

Sal Buscema


Colorist(s)

Joe Andreani


Cover

Sal Buscema


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

July 26, 1994

IN CRISES

5 MYTHS ABOUT BEN REILLY IN THE ‘CLONE SAGA’

5. SPIDER-MAN KILLED BEN REILLY

In Amazing Spider-Man (1975) #149, Spider-Man learns about the existence of his clone. During the issue, the Jackal reveals his identity as Peter Parker’s biology professor. Namely, Miles Warren was secretly in love with Gwen Stacy. When Gwen died, he blamed Spider-Man and plotted revenge. After an unethical experiment, Warren realized Serba wanted to clone a human Gwen

In madness, he killed Serba and became the Jackal. Later, he clones Gwen as well as Peter Parker. In the issue, Spider-Man and his clone fight for the last one standing. However, Warren seemingly kills the Spider-Man clone when he fails to stop his bomb. Fortunately, Spider-Man escapes. In the end, Spider-Man buries the body in an industrial chimney. In reality, Ben Reilly was alive and survived thanks to a chemical the Jackal previously injected in him.

 

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4. BEN REILLY IS A CRIMINAL

Later, after Ben Reilly assumes a costumed identity, he becomes the Jackal. Previously, Ben Reilly found illegal employment. Thanks to a scientist he met a scientist named Seward Trainer, he obtained fake paperwork. However, his illegal work was inconsistent.

After a month of work, his employers usually found out about his fake work history, and Ben had to move. In addition, Ben even worked in Italy as an English teacher. However, he had to leave after the local Mafia found out about his fake credentials. Though he was illegal, Ben was not a criminal supervillain.

3. BEN REILLY IS THE TRUE PETER PARKER

In Web of Spider-Man (1994) #117, Ben Reilly returned to New York. After an initial mistrust, both Peter Parker and his clone got along. However, Peter was stunned when Seward Trainer revealed Ben Reilly was the true Peter Parker and Peter Parker was the clone. Fortunately, each hero agreed to keep their civilian identities. When Mary Jane became pregnant, Peter moved with her out of New York.

For a while, Ben Reilly would have adventures and lead a normal life. Finally, Trainer was revealed to be an agent of Norman Osborn who survived apparent death after The Night Gwen Stacy Died. In fact, he was the mastermind behind the clone saga. In the end, Ben disintegrated after Green Goblin’s glider pierced him, proving he was the clone.

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2. BEN REILLY NEVER BECAME SPIDER-MAN

When Peter and Mary Jane moved out of New York, Ben initially took on the costume of the Scarlet Spider. Later, feeling guilty over Uncle Ben’s death, he became Spider-Man.

Later, Spider-Man wold have adventures with the Human Torch and the X-Men. In addition, he would fight Mysterio and help defeat Green Goblin in his last battle before his death. However, he would return.

1. SPIDER-MAN IS STRONGER THAN BEN REILLY

In many respects, Ben Reilley proved a capable Spider-Man.

During DC Versus Marvel, he proved capable of defeating the stronger Superboy.

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LINKS


Benjamin Reilly (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 149 in Marvel Database.
Web of Spider-Man Vol 1 117 in Marvel Database.
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Reviews: Ranking Of Best Spider-Man Comics From The Bronze Age

 

REVIEWS

'The Night Gwen Stacy Died.'
‘The Night Gwen Stacy Died.’ Marvel Comics.

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1970s MOST IMPORTANT SPIDER-MAN COMICS

STAR RATINGS:

Best: 5 to 4.5 stars.

Good: 4 to 3 stars.

Bad: 2.5 to 2 stars.

Worst: 1.5 to 0 stars.

BEST: THE NIGHT GWEN STACY DIED (1973)

Collects Amazing Spider-Man #121.


























Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Gloriously, The Night Gwen Stacy Died is near the top of Spider-Man‘s most valuable comics. On the Top 200 Most Valuable Comic Books of the Bronze Age (1970-1980), it holds a Record Sale of $8400 and a Minimum Value of $200.

And really, we know why. Indeed, it is the story that forever broke both Peter Parker’s and fans’ hearts.

Definitely, comic collectors should rave about this comic since it has aged well. Today, Gwen Stacy has been revived in some alternate form as Spider-Girl in Spider-Verse and remains wildly popular.

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BEST: THE GOBLIN’S LAST STAND (1973)

Collects Amazing Spider-Man #122.


























Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Gloriously, The Goblin’s Last Stand is collected under Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection: The Goblin’s Last Stand (Amazing Spider-Man (1963-1998)) on Amazon.

On the Top 200 Most Valuable Comic Books of the Bronze Age (1970-1980), it holds a Record Sale of $5760 and a Minimum Value of $90. Furthermore, it ranks 38th on the Top 200 and 8th on the CGC Ranking.

And really, we know why. Indeed, it is the story that forever led to a temporary end to one of comicdom’s most intense rivalry.

Definitely, comic collectors should collect this comic. Today, Green Goblin’s popularity has resurfaced thanks to the blockbuster Spider-Man: No Way Home movie.

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BEST: THE PUNISHER STRIKES TWICE (1974)

Collects Amazing Spider-Man #129.


























Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

In 1974, the Punisher appeared in Marvel comics for the first time. Really, collectors have raved about the value of this comic which ranks 17th on the Top 200.

Indeed, Punisher has created a true cultural movement which has affected law enforcement and even politics. On our GCG Count, the story ranks second. On the Top 200, it holds a Record Sale of $43,200 and a Minimum Value of $670.

Definitely, Punisher has a large following beyond comics and a movie adaptation. In many ways, his value expresses an underground culture that values patriotism, guns and violence. Below, is the first printing of the Marvel Milestone Edition.

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BEST: Never Let the Black Cat Cross Your PatH! (1979)

Collects Amazing Spider-Man #194


























Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Finally, rounding our review is Amazing Spider-Man #194 (1974). Really, the thrilling introduction of Black Cat marks a transition to the more dramatic stories of the 1980s at Marvel. In the Top 200, the comic ranks 98th while our CGC Count ranks it as tenth.

In terms of value, the Record Sale is $5,200 while the Minimum Value is $30.

Definitely, if you are looking to buy or sell, this comic continues to have good numbers. Generally, the comic is also sold as the German Euro Variant.

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LINKS

List Of Important Comics From The 1970s in Rare Comics.
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 121 in Marvel Database.
Top 200 Most Valuable Comic Books of the Bronze Age (1970-1980) in Sell My Comic Books.
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 122 in Marvel Database.
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 194 in Marvel Database.