#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.
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.
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.