Welcome back for another Spider-Writer Sunday, Spidey fans. This week we'll be talking about Peter David, perhaps best known for his Death of Jean DeWolff storyline in Spectacular Spider-Man. The sequel he wrote with Sal Buscema on art was also a good read. He's also responsible for having co-created Spider-Man 2099 with Rick Leonardi. While I've never really read Spider-Man 2099, I can say that his time on Spectacular Spider-Man and short time on Web of Spider-Man was quite good.
I also loved his Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. During a time when JMS was writing Amazing Spider-Man and rarely utilizing the Web-Head's rogues gallery, Peter David was using them superbly. I loved his Sandman story in Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Annual #1. It finally makes sense out of why Spidey was able to easily defeat Sandman with a vacuum cleaner. Plus it makes you feel sorry for him, unlike what Spider-Man 3 managed to accomplish. His Mysterio arc was also packed to the brim with good, clean fun; I hope the issue with Quentin Beck running around with half a head get addressed and not completely ignored or retconned.
One thing many people fault Peter David with is Amazing Spider-Man #289: The Hobgoblin "reveal" issue, detailing how it was Ned Leeds who was one of Spidey's greatest enemies. However, this story basically got dumped in his lap after 2 of Amazing's creative teams behind the Hobgoblin mystery left; and it was up to Peter David to pick up the pieces. Luckily, Roger Stern was able to later retcon and fix the Hobgoblin mystery, while not ruining previous continuity. If you think about it, the issue helps later establish why Roderick Kingsley was such a cold, manipulative bastard; he framed Ned Leeds and had no guilt or remorse for doing so.
What do you, the Spidey fans, have to say about Peter David's time with Spider-Man? Let the discussion, commence!