#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.
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.
I liked Learning to Crawl 1.1 a lot more in rereading it than I did when it first came out. It’s a nice companion to the early stories. Amazing 1 is such a wild story with Spider-Man saving a rocket and then saving missile defense plans.
I skipped last week and last week’s bundle has been put away. Forever lost to time…
This week: Huge and ridiculous. Nightwing 3, Green Lanterns 5, Superman 5, Batman 5, Ultimates 10, Spider-Woman 10, Thor 10, Web-Warriors 10, Daredevil/Punisher 4, Captain Sam 12, CW2 tie ins Gods of War and Amazing Spider-Man, Power Man and Iron Fist 7, Black hammer 2, Descender 14, Red Team 2, I Hate Fairyland 8, Tales From the Darkside 1-3, Manifest Destiny 22, Weird Detective 1-2, Cinema Purgatorio 2-4.