Sunday, October 30, 2011

Marvel History 171: Amazing Spider-Man # 16

Issue: Amazing Spider-Man # 16
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Steve Ditko
Publication Date: September 1964
Brief Summary:


Daredevil stops by, as does our old friend the Ringmaster, last seen tussling with a malcontent Bruce Banner here.  Stan has Daredevil explain a few things about his powers in a brief monologue.  I'm assuming the logic behind this is that many of the readers of Spider-Man don't also read Daredevil.  So, Stan offers a helping hand.  Of course, these kinds of gestures are a lot easier to accomplish in a Universe made up of less than 200 comics, as opposed to one consisting of several thousand, which is where things stand in the present MU.  As you might expect, Ringmaster hypnotizes Spidey into fighting Daredevil for some more popular hero vs. hero combat in their first appearance together.  Daredevil breaks the hypnotism spell, and Spidey puts the beating on the Ringmaster and his circus of crime.

Quick Thoughts:

  • Aunt May bugs Peter to call Mary Jane Watson again
  • The way Foggy Nelson is illustrated in these early stories is quite different from his appearance in modern comics
Favorite Panel:

Left foot red, right hand yellow.

Next: Avengers # 8