Amazing Spider-Man #32, Jan. 1966
Script & Editing by: Stan Lee
Plot & Illustration by: Steve Ditko
Lettering & Kibitzing by: Artie Simek
Damn, this is one emotionally-charged comic book. Watching Spider-Man get angry and going berserk on all the small-time crooks he comes across is something completely different than normal. I mean, most of the time when he gets mad it’s because he made a fool out of himself in front of a girl or J. Jonah Jameson stiffed him on a payment or something, and that’s more of an inner fuming than anything else. He gets fucking PISSED in this ish.
Aunt May is in the hospital and is very weak, and it turns out it’s because she somehow got some radioactive particles in her blood. How could that have happened? Maybe back when Peter Parker gave her a blood transfusion, and look, bub, he’s got radioactive blood! Well, that sucks, Pete is pretty much directly responsible for his aunt’s sickness. He gets the idea to call in a favor from Dr. Curt Connors, whom he saved from being the Lizard a while back. Connors orders some radioactive isotope that he needs in his serum, but it gets hijacked by the Master Planner’s gang.
So now Spider-Man is pissed. The Master Planner’s guys have been bugging him for a while now, and he doesn’t exactly know where they are. He starts tearing through all the crooks he can find near the waterfront, where he’s pretty sure the gang’s hideout is, but none of them know the Master Planner’s deal, either. After a couple days of this brutal interrogation, Spidey finally stumbles across their hideout and just beats the shit out of them. He finally meets the Master Planner, who turns out to be Dr. Octopus, but fights him off with such ferocity that Doc Ock just runs away. Unfortunately, Spidey causes a cave-in in the underwater base and gets trapped under a huge piece of metal.
This is the lead-in to one of the most famous Spider-Man moments, which’ll be in the next issue, with Spidey stuck under this piece of metal. It’s just this hugely powerful thing, this superhero being trapped and slowly drowning, knowing that his beloved aunt is dying because of him and the cure sitting mere feet away from him. This is why people love Spider-Man.