Amazing Spider-Man #27, Aug. 1965
Edited and written by Smilin’ Stan Lee
Plotted and drawn by Scowlin’ Steve Ditko
Lettered and gift-wrapped by Swingin’ Artie Simek
I can’t really think of anything to say for this one. The whole Crime-Master thing is kinda boring to me. I mean, it’s a neat enough mystery, so long as you don’t know who the real identity of the Green Goblin is… which I do. Everybody does.
Spidey is chained up after having been knocked out by the Green Goblin last issue. Gobby parades him in front of the collection of mobsters and hoods that the Crime-Master had gathered, and declares himself the new leader of all crime in New York City, since he captured Spider-Man. This pisses off the Crime-Master (of course, if he’s not the master of crime, what does he really have?) and they have a little pissing match.
Of course, once Spidey wakes up he just breaks free and starts beating up all the crooks. Some cops come in, since they were tipped off by an undercover operative named Patch, and together they beat everybody. Both the Goblin and Crime-Master escape, however, so Spidey decides to check up on Frederick Foswell, his prime suspect to be either the Green Goblin or Crime-Master, but it turns out that he was actually Patch and helps capture (and accidentally kill) the Crime-Master.
My favorite part of this issue is the ongoing saga of Spider-Man’s awful costume store-bought Spidey suit that doesn’t fit well and keeps almost falling off. Eventually, he gets wet and it shrinks, and he just tears the thing off him in anger at the shoddy worksmanship. That’s the thing that I don’t really like about the Spider-Man movies, his costume is supposed to look like a teenager sewed it himself in his room, how did he make it out of raised rubber or whatever the hell those things look like they’re made from? That’s a pretty minor nitpicky point, though. It would be funny to see him do a stunt like this in a movie, though.