Comic Review – “Marvelous Adventures of Gus Beezer and Spider-Man”

Gail Simone finished this script for Marvel before
her exclusive contract with DC kicked in.

General Information

Title: The Marvelous Adventures of Gus Beezer and
Spider-Man #1

Author: Gail Simone

Illustrator(s): Gurihiru

Original Publication Date: January 2, 2004

Cover Price: $2.99 US, $4.25 Can


Gus Beezer, obsessed with superheroes, learns a
lesson from his
cousin, Peter Parker. Also, the bottoms of the pages
have a superhero
story written and drawn by Gus himself.

High Point

“Blast your superior canine reflexes!”

Low Point

Peter Parker’s cousin? On which side of the family?
I thought his
aunts and uncles were already accounted for.

The Scores

Gus Beezer was originally described as “Calvin and
Hobbes” in the
Marvel Universe, and that’s accurate to a degree.
That’s definitely
what they were striving for, but this isn’t the same
quality as Bill
Watterson. There wasn’t a lot here that was
unexpected or
unpredictable. I give it 3 out of 6.

The artwork was very well done. It’s goofy
in the ways that
are appropriate to the tone of the story, and the
strip is very much like what someone Gus’ age would
come up with. I
give it 5 out of 6.

The story is predictable and pretty basic,
at least in the
main story. I found the sidebar (or is it
bottombar?) to be a lot
more entertaining, particularly in the homages to the
classic Stan Lee
style. I give it 4 out of 6.

The characterization is pretty clear; this
is Calvin if he
had a sister instead of a stuffed tiger. I give it 4
out of 6, for
clear characters that are completely lacking in any

The emotional response to the main story was
weak, but the
sidebar made me laugh out loud a few times. I give
it 4 out of 6.

The flow was disrupted by the extra story.
Why did they have
to share a page? It’s a neat idea, but I don’t think
it works. I
give it 3 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a decent book, but not a
recommendation. I give it 3 out of 6.

In total, The Marvelous Adventures of Gus Beezer
and Spider-Man
receives 26 out of 42.