There are some interesting threads on this forum, already, covering issues of Marvel’s early series – ‘re-reading’’ of the Avengers and Journey into Mystery/Thor and so on and there was quite a good issue by issue thread on the Invaders around too, until it caught up with the present.
What is more rarely discussed are the later periods when these series were in full flow and while perhaps less iconic still number among them some classics… The examination of the Avengers from #101 onwards gets a credit here.
I therefore present to you an issue by issue critique/discussion forum for one of these mainstay Marvel titles.
Not beginning at the very debut – as others have that covered well – but (and I hope I don’t step on anyone’s creative toes here!) – I would like to pick up the Amazing Spider-Man title after a watershed/bookend issue provided an opportune point at which to begin …
Issue #50 featured that classic moment in Peter Parker’s life when he first thought he couldn’t go on and yet eventually realised he just couldn’t possibly give up being Spidey.
“Spider-Man No More!” draws breath for the title before it races on into it’s next phase – less discussed than the Ditko issues and the early Romita ‘End of the Green Goblin’ stuff the next issue builds on those early foundations and catapults our hero and the title to the second half of it’s first century of publishing and its next phase of greatness…
So, after “Spider-Man No-More!”
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN . “Once More With…”
…”With feeling…!”
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN . “Once More With…”
…”With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility…!”
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN . “Once More With…”
…”With in-depth discussion and critique…..
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN . “Once More With…”
…”With #51 (08/67)…..

Come back soon……

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Spidey swings to a sudden confrontation with the newly transformed Lizard who manages to escape down the sewers... due to heavy traffic.

The Lizard now seems to transform automatically like the Hulk.

Spidey goes on to meet Mrs Curt Connors who updates how Stegron had kidnapped their son Billy and triggered the Lizard's change.

This seems inauthentic in that a mother would have led with the kidnapping of her son by a monster instead of lamenting that their Christmas was ruined.

Elsewhere at the University Marla Madison puts J Jonah Jameson in his place - and his cigar out - before unveiling a/her new Spider- Slayer!

What do they say about doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results?

Back in the sewers little Billy watches on as Stegron zaps dinosaur-skeletons and the change into flesh and blood! (It's allegedly temporary but...)

At this point the (ridiculous) change is said to be temporary. Later a big deal is made that Connors somehow reversed the magic ray gun to do away with their flesh. They should have chosen one or the other story point.

In the snow Spidey tries to find Stegron who is under a bridge losing strength as he gets colder and colder...eventually slipping into and beneath, the icy water..!

It’s neat that this happens without Spidey’s knowledge.

The cold affects Stegron so badly because he's cold-blooded. According to Supermegamonkey's review a reader complemented Wein over this, and the reply said the issue had been debated at Marvel.

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