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Amazing Spider-Man #27, Aug. 1965

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.


Amazing Spider-Man #26, July 1965

Amazing Spider-Man #26, July 1965

Stealthily scripted by Stan Lee
Painstakingly plotted and drawn by Steve Ditko
Lovingly lettered by S. Rosen

You’ll notice that this issue has an extra credit for Steve Ditko, that of “plotting”. It was around this time that he began using more and more of his own story ideas in both this and his other comic, Dr. Strange, leaving Stan Lee to mostly just fill in the words. Unfortunately, it’s only another year before Ditko leaves Marvel for good, because these next dozen issues have some of the most mature storytelling of the comic book medium to date.

The issue starts with the Green Goblin arguing with a guy in a suit who kinda looks like Rorschach about how they both know each other’s secret identities. Apparently the “Crime-Master” has decided to take over all the gangs in New York, but he doesn’t want to share the glory with the Goblin. The two villains swear antagonism against each other, and go about their ways trying to get as many crooks as they can find to follow them.

Meanwhile, Peter Parker lost both of his Spider-Man costumes, so he buys a shitty commercial one from a costume shop, which keeps falling down and he has to stick it to himself with webbing. He’s chasing Frederick Foswell, the reformed mobster that J. Jonah Jameson has hired as an investigative reporter. Spidey bumbles his way to the docks where a confrontation between Gobby and the Crime-Master is going on, and gets taken out by the Green Goblin because he was looking at completely the wrong thing.

Pete is kinda incompetent in this issue, and it’s pretty funny. Mostly it reminds me of the modern daily newspaper comic strip version of Spider-Man, because he’s a complete moron there, for some reason. My favorite theory is that newspaper Spider-Man is actually just some random idiot who found a Spider-Man suit and just thinks that he’s a superhero, because he’s constantly getting taken out by bricks and bags of paper money and things like that.

Amazing Spider-Man #23, Apr. 1965

Amazing Spider-Man #23, Apr. 1965

Written in the spell-binding style of Stan Lee
Illustrated in the magnificent manner of Steve Ditko
Lettered in the frenzied fashion of Artie Simek

I’m actually having some trouble coming up with color commentary for this issue. It’s an extremely middle-of-the-road style Spidey adventure. Peter Parker has some girl problems, he fights some mobsters, calls his aunt… not a lot to it. Still way better than anything goddamn Johnny Storm has been up to lately.

The Green Goblin is in the market to take over the local mob, but they aren’t very inclined to cooperate (mostly because the Goblin looks ridiculous). Until they cooperate, ol’ Gobby keeps leaking mob operations to the cops, just to show them that he means business. Eventually, he returns to the mob to collect their allegiance, but Spider-Man finally gets off his ass and gets involved. He easily beats up a bunch of mobsters, even taking the time to call his elderly aunt in the middle of the fight, and the Goblin is left with nothing to take over at the end of it. Honestly, it wasn’t a very good plan to begin with.

They’re still trying to make a big deal out of the fact that we don’t know who the Green Goblin actually is, and in this issue they re-introduce Frederick Foswell, the reporter who turned out to be the Big Man, back in Spider-Man #10 who was the gangster and leader of the Enforcers. Is he actually the Green Goblin? NOBODY KNOWS, not even us here in the future who most certainly know because it’s been forty years and also there was that one really big movie about him where it was a big deal. NOOOOBODY KNOOOOWS!

Amazing Spider-Man #17, Oct. 1964

Amazing Spider-Man #17, Oct. 1964

Ruggedly written by: Stan Lee
Robustly drawn by: Steve Ditko
Recently lettered by: S. Rosen

Why is it that the more Peter Parker suffers, the more I like the guy? It’s like it goes beyond just feeling sorry for him, it feels like he grows more and becomes a more interesting character the more shit that gets heaped on him. I mean, yeah, it’s nice when things go his way every once in a while, but it’s just as great when absolutely everything possible goes wrong for him, like in this issue.

Peter Parker’s got problems. The two girls he’s after, Betty Brant and Liz Allen, are fighting over him like two hobos and a lifetime supply of steak, and Spider-Man accidentally ruined a movie shoot because he thought it was a real crime. He’s really bummed out, until he learns that Flash Gordon, his own personal high school bully, is starting a Spider-Man fan club, and he’s planned a special meeting where he hopes Spidey will show up himself! Seeing a venue to get himself back in good graces with the public, Pete decides to show up as Spider-Man and give the kids a treat.

Of course, he doesn’t expect that the Green Goblin has finally come up with a bag of tricks (which are apparently inspired by Lucky Charms) and he’s ready to tackle Spider-Man again. Seeing the ad in the paper, he sees it as a perfect opportunity, and attacks. The onlookers think it’s a mock fight, except for Johnny Storm, the Human Torch, who was also there. The Torch flames on to help in the fight, which is nice because at that point Spider-Man overhears someone calling from the hospital for him, saying that his Aunt May had (another) heart attack, so he speeds out of there to make sure she’s okay. Of course, this makes everyone think he’s a coward, and also both his girlfriends are mad at him for some reason or another. Sucks to be him.

Also in this issue, Pete dodges what he believes to be a bullet in the form of his Aunt May’s friend’s niece, whom she keeps trying to set him up with. He has a tough enough time just dealing with the two girls he’s interested in, and he just isn’t interested in this girl. What’s her name? Oh, I think you know. It’s Mary Jane Watson, of course. She’s actually a running gag for a while before Pete finally meets her, and when he does… well, again, I think you know what happens then.

Amazing Spider-Man #14, July 1964

Amazing Spider-Man #14, July 1964

Written by: Stan Lee (the poor man’s Shakespeare)
Illustrated by: Steve Ditko (the poor man’s Da Vinci)
Lettered by: Art Simek (the poor man’s rich man)

Cool, the first appearance of the Green Goblin, arguably Spider-Man’s greatest enemy. For some reason, there’s a blurb on the cover that says, “Does the Green Goblin look cute to you? Does he make you want to smile?” What? Of course not. The dude is in a green Halloween outfit on a rocket broom, that ain’t cute.

Taking a page out of the Sub-Mariner’s book, the Green Goblin appears on the scene and has a bold new plan to destroy Spider-Man: He’s going to tell a Hollywood producer to make a movie starring Spidey, the Goblin, and the Enforcers (Fancy Dan, Montana, and the Ox, who previously showed up under the control of Big Man). Spider-Man agrees, and they all go out to some desert in southern California, where they immediately start fighting. There’s basically one half-punch that utilizes the element of surprise, and the rest is a normal fight. I guess the biggest part of Gobby’s plan was to inconvenience Spider-Man by making him go out to California.

The bad guys manage to wrangle ol’ webhead into a cave and seal it shut with a giant boulder. Unfortunately, his spider-sense gives him a distinct advantage in the darkness, and he easily dispatches the Enforcers. He’s just about to give it to the Goblin (that sounds so dirty) when all of a sudden the Hulk appears! I guess he was hibernating in the cave or something, but it’s bad news for our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, who nearly gets his head caved in by the Hulk’s mindless rampage. Spidey tricks the Hulk into breaking the boulder clogging the entrance and escapes. Unfortunately, no movie was made, so he doesn’t get paid, and he has to take a bus back to New York.

The Green Goblin is really curious in this early appearance. Instead of his little glider thing, he has some sort of rocket-powered mechanical broom which he flies around on. He’s still got his stun bombs, but he also appears to have some sort of ability to… shoot sparks out of his finger. Huh. I wonder why that “power” doesn’t get used more often. Really the important thing about the Green Goblin is that he’s the first villain in the Silver Age for Marvel where they actually made a big deal about not knowing who he really is under that mask, which leads to some cool stuff later on.