Untold Tales of Spider-Man #10-#13

#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.

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Amazing Spider-Man #11-#12

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.

Amazing Spider-Man #10

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.

Untold Tales of Spider-Man #1-#3

  1.  In between Amazing 6 and 7, fights Scorcher, ruins a police plan, Captain Stacy likes him.
  2. In between Amazing 6 and 7, fights and saves Batwing, never really liked this story, but Pete gives Tiny math lesssons even thought Tiny is kind of a jerk.
  3. In between Amazing 7 and 8, beaten badly by Sandman, goes on date with Betty, she peps him up, he leaves her at the restaurant and goes out and beats Sandman.

Amazing Spider-Man #3 and #4, Strange Tales Annual #2

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.