I guess I read these a few weeks ago, too. Spidey didn’t quit!
I’ll put something in here eventually. For now.
Amazing #48: Blackie murders (maybe) Toomes in the prison and convinces Toomes to reveal his vulture gear location. After all, “Nobody can stop a man with wings!” Spidey finds the new Vulture but is sick. Even Aunt May is looking for him, but he goes out and fights Vulture and ends up dead (maybe) in the snow on a rooftop. Suspense for issue 49 which looks like it will feature both Kraven and Vulture.
Daredevil #27: Spidey runs into Daredevil. Daredevil tells Spidey to be on the lookout for Stilt-Man. Spider-Man finds him, fights, loses rather easily to gas and Stilt-Man gets away.
Ned Leeds is back and he’s all over Betty! The Scorpion is back and he’s all over JJJ! Spider-Man never went anywhere and he’s busy saving Jonah from the Scorpion. I like that Spidey beat the Scorpion because he could hold his breath longer.
This was an all action issue that involved TWO “I’m going to use my tail as a spring” moves from the Scorpion. And finally, Aunt May is sick and fainting and hiding it from Peter.
#10) One shot featuring the conniving Commanda. Kind of cute.
#11) Shocker and Eel. Debut of Bluebird.
#12) Betty Brant’s story and Bluebird’s going to get herself killed.
#13) Bluebird retires, becomes a photographer and tragically dies in a car accident racing to a crime scene. The Black Knight is beaten but gets away.
This was a pretty good arc.
Back to back Doc Ock! First one he helps Blackie (who is owed money by Betty Brant’s brother, Bennett) escape but is foiled by Spider-Man. They both get away from the police. Bennett is murdered accidentally by Blackie in the fight with Spider-Man and Pete can’t reveal his secret.
Ock captures Betty and Spidey is too weak to save her, defeated and unmasked, but since he didn’t put up a fight nobody thinks it *really* was Spider-Man. The rematch goes badly for Ock and he is captured.
Kind of a happy ending, although Betty has some Spidey issues.
5: Doctor Doom: Flash pretends to be Spidey, captured by Doom, Spider-Man rescues him and the FF shows up.
6: Lizard: Peter in Florida, sciences the Lizard back to Connors, Jameson rips up the ‘fake’ pictures, Liz Allen is in love with Spidey.
7: Vulture: Vulture escapes, Spider-Man finds him, they fight and trash the bugle, Spidey’s science doesn’t stop him so he webs him and makes a web-chute and wins. Pete gets closer to Betty.
8: Living Brain: Pete and Flash box! Pete wins. Living Brain goes on a rampage, Spidey stops it. Pete accuses Flash of being Spider-Man. Terrrible Torch backup story where both characters look like 4 year olds.
9: Electro: Defeated with a hose. (Science?) Betty and Pete get closer, Aunt May is in hospital and needs surgery.
An interesting mix of winning with punching and winning with science.
Great ending, really hard to get into middle. The whole bit about Peter “borrowing” and getting caught seemed (again) forced and hard to believe. But at the end, the conversation with Aunt May and the redevotion to being Spidey made 1.5 fun to read.