Membership: Many unnamed members
Purpose: Gaining profit through crime, gang activities, attempting to solidify control of the criminal underworld of New York City
Affiliations: None known
Enemies: Arranger, NYPD, Hammerhead, Other New York gangs, Punisher (Frank Castle), Rose (Richard Fisk), Silvermane, Spider-Man (see comments)
Base of Operations: New York City, New York
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man I#284 (January, 1987)
History: (Amazing Spider-Man I#284, (bts))- After the Kingpin disappeared from New York, the criminal element lost its stabilizing influence and all the gangs in the city declared war on each other, trying to seize the power and jurisdiction that was formerly the Kingpin’s. It was apparently at this time that the Blue Boys gang formed and attempted to seize some power for themselves in New York’s criminal element.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#284) – While another gang was in the middle of loading stolen electronic equipment, the Blue Boys busted in and attempted to carry out the heist themselves. The Blue Boys and the other gang opened fire on each other and what followed was a full-scale gunfight. However, Spider-Man heard the gunshots and rushed to the scene. Once he arrived, Spider-Man knocked out all the members of both gangs. The police showed up soon afterward.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#285) – In an attempt to draw the Rose into the gang war, the Blue Boys attacked a one of the Rose’s gambling rings. An all out brawl ensued until Spider-Man showed up once again and started mopping the floor with both the Rose’s men and the Blue Boys. However, before he could finish his job, the Punisher shot two members of the Blue Boys with a sniper rifle from a rooftop, hitting them both in their backs. Spider-Man started to chase the Punisher, but went back to help the two injured Blue Boys, who were bleeding to death. Spider-Man did what he could for the Blue Boys, but couldn’t risk moving them until professional paramedics arrived. Eventually, the police arrived and took over for him.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#286) – The Rose organized a sit-down meeting with the leaders of the Blue Boy gang at midnight. His exact motives were unclear to all but himself. However, the meeting ended before it could get underway as some of the thugs outside on guard duty spotted some police officers staking out the meeting and attacked with a rocket launcher, setting fire to a nearby building. The Blue Boys all either subsequently escaped or were arrested.
Comments: Created by Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz, Jim Owsley, Brett Breeding, and Josef Rubinstein
The Blue Boys apparently disbanded and/or were assimilated into other gangs after the Kingpin returned to New York, as they were never seen or heard from again.
I listed Silvermane, Hammerhead, and the Arranger under enemies for the Blue Boys because even though they never met each other, they were rivals who were essentially fighting for power in the Kingpin’s absence.
As of late, Marvel has gone absolutely nuts with Trade Paperbacks. They’ve released so many trade paperbacks from so many titles that it is ridiculous. After reprinting the essentials, they re-reprinted groups of 10 issues within the essentials. You can get the past few years of Thor and Hulk in Trade Paperbacks etc. That said, I think if they are so intent on making these TPB’s then they should reprint Gangwar (Amazing Spider-Man#284-288) and issue#289 (revealing of the Hobgoblin’s identity) as a trade paperback. It was some really, really good stuff (I might be biased because they are some of the first comic stories I ever read).
Clarifications: No known connection to:
Amazing Spider-Man I#284 page 2 panel 1
page 3 panel 5
Amazing Spider-Man I#284 (January, 1987) - Tom DeFalco & Jim Owsley (writers), Ron Frenz & Brett Breeding (pencils), Brett Breeding & Joe Rubinstein (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#285-286 (February-March, 1987) - Tom DeFalco & Jim Owsley (writers), Alan Kupperberg (pencils), Jim Fern & Art Nichols (#286) (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
First Posted: 09/22/2004
Last updated: 09/22/2004
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