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"The Spectacular Spider-Man" #107 (1985) by Peter David and Rich Buckler
When readers recalls the adventures of Spider-Man, they don't necessarily think of great noir murder mysteries, but that's exactly what readers got when Spidey's friend, police Captain Jean Dewolff, was murdered by the Sin Eater. DeWolff was a long-standing member of Spider-Man's extended cast, a gruff-yet-fair crime buster who had assisted the web-slinger on many cases. She had been elevated to Spidey's version of Commissioner Gordon, so when she was brutally slain, fans were left stunned. After this execution, the tonal world of Spider-Man was forever changed. The events of the storyline introduced an element of violent realism to the normally breezy tone of the typical Spider-Man story. Most importantly, "The Death of Jean DeWolff" introduced comic fans to the work of Peter David, a writer who would end up becoming a well respected voice in comics, albeit one who would, ironically, be best known for his sense of humor.