#4) The Spacemen aren’t heroes. Spidey proves Jameson wrong and Jameson hates him more.
#5) Spidey foils the Vulture.
#6) Spidey helps Torch solve puzzles to foil The Wizard.
#7) Jason and Sally try to reveal Spidey’s identity but he makes them heroes vs. Electro and a mind controlling dentist.
#8) Headsman and The Enforcers fail against Spider-Man. It seems that Norman Osborne is behind this in a desire to be superior to Spider-Man. Betty is still missing.
#9) Connors is in the city, Pete kills two birds with one stone and hooks up Connors and Batwing to try to help Batwing get cured. Tiny is still being abused by his dad. Betty is still missing.
Weird issue. Betty Brant has some issue so she runs away. Pete gets involved with the Enforcers by getting himself intentionally captured to find the hideout (and the Big Man) and then escaping and fighting as Spider-Man. At the end of the issue the police arrest Frederick Foswell as the Big Man. That was weird. I like the idea that a major crime boss will immediately find out that a high school kid knows his secret identity so he sends goons out to kidnap him.
Three stories in between Amazing Fantasy #15 and Amazing #1. Introduces Joey, teenage super villain for the mob and Super Charger who tries to show people that super heroes are dangerous by killing them.
Good stories that reinforce how Spidey became a hero. Worth reading. I’d never read these before.
First Doc Ock. Impressed by the characterization of Ock. It’s amazing that his character remained true for 50 years. Same for Sandman in 4, although not nearly to the same degree. A little more of ‘fun’ Spider-Man.
Strange Tales Annual: First two pages, Spidey is framed! Next seven pages, Spidey fights Torch to convince him he’s innocent. Last few pages, they catch the Fox using mostly Spider-Sense. I’d actually never read this comic and it was nice to see the first time Johnny and Pete became friends.
Two stories: The Vulture (defeated with anti-magnetic inverter of some sort) and an alien invasion (The Tinkerer) defeated with good old fashioned fisticuffs.
Peter sells pictures to Jameson and pays the rent for a year!
I’d forgotten how crazy these original stories were. They imply a lot of Spidey adventures that haven’t been shown (when Spider-Man taunts the aliens that others had tried to pileon him and beat him with force of numbers), so maybe there really is a place for the upcoming Untold Tales comics. I’ve read them but don’t really remember them so we’ll see. I usually like Busiek.
This was where I started having Learning to Crawl issues. I didn’t like the cover (I tend not to like Ross Spider-Man covers), mostly due to the color. The story itself of Clash seemed forced and needy. The principal and counselor at the school didn’t feel like real characters, and I guess it felt more like a Spider-Man fanfic story than a real Spider-Man story, which is always the danger with these kinds of things.