Friday, October 21, 2011

Marvel History 162: Amazing Spider-Man # 15

Issue: Amazing Spider-Man # 15
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Steve Ditko
Publication Date: August 1964

Brief Summary:


Kraven the hunter makes his first appearance.  He's apparently an old friend of the Chameleon, who fought Spider-Man
way back when.  Kraven arrives to hunt the most dangerous game, man, in a slight take off of the famous short story.

It's a little confusing why Kraven is allowed to declare his intentions to hunt down Spider-Man without any sort of police intervention.  But then, Spider-Man is a well known vigilante by this point, so what is it that law enforcement really owes to him?  The cops don't make an appearance till issue's end.

Kraven, given the nature of his character, is the most likely villain to become obsessed with  a nemesis.  We've seen this happen with many other bad guys, but Kraven is perhaps the man whom it makes the most sense to adopt this attitude.

Quick Thoughts:

  • Liz Allen meets Betty Brant; they don't hit it off
  • Kraven's strength and speed come from the theft of a witch doctor's potion
  • Mary Jane is referenced for the first time, although she's not seen this issue
Favorite Panel:

Kraven the Hunter arrives on the scene.  Dig the 'stache.

Next: Avengers # 7