As anticipated there is a minor furor over the exposure of Peter Parker's aged genitals in Spider-Man - Reign #1. This was known that it might be an issue prior to the release of the books but Marvel still let it go out to retailers anyways. It was only after reaping some much-needed publicity that Marvel offered retailers credit for a return on the books.
While I personally do not think the "art-gaffe" is a big deal in itself, the realities of molehills being rapidly transformed into mountainous lawsuits and spurious charges against retailers is very real. Unless it gets released as a mature title then Marvel should not have put already hard-pressed retailers into the uncomfortable position of screening who can purchase a "Spidey-Man" comic book for fear of upsetting a parent. Presumably, the trade edition will have Peter wearing judiciously-applied Editorial Swimwear.
Spider-Man - Reign: Uncensored
In this fight scene from Spectacular Spider-Man #129 (August 1987), the paid hitman the Foreigner needles Peter Parker about a steamy affair with Peter's girlfriend, Felicia (Black Cat) Hardy.
I love that silent panel after the Foreigner states that he and Felicia had a good laugh when ridiculing Peter's physical attributes in comparison to his own. Peter is already emotionally crippled and very insecure when it comes to relationships and women, so I can imagine what is going through his mind just then. Unfortunately it appears also that from the evidence shown in Spider-Man - Reign that the Foreigner was not just talking trash, either. Poor Spidey.
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