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1993: the height of the comic book bubble, a time when collectors were convinced that each No. 1 issue or special event could be worth untold thousands if they bought a copy and faithfully kept it stored in plastic sleeves and cardboard backing.

It was also the year Marvel Comics took advantage of that hunger for event storytelling and unleashed “Maximum Carnage,” a tale told weekly across all the Spider-Man titles that at the time was the biggest Spidey crossover event ever. It was the brainchild of editor Danny Fingeroth, who oversaw the growing roster of Spider-Man books the company published.

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