Sunday, November 20, 2011

Marvel History 191: Amazing Spider-Man # 18

Issue: Amazing Spider-Man # 18
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Steve Ditko
Publication Date: November 1964

Brief Summary:


http://marvel.wikia.com/Amazing_Spider-Man_18


Commentary:

After running away from the Green Goblin last issue, Spider-Man is looking like a pretty big coward.  Of course, he only ran away to help Aunt May, but the fickle public doesn't know that.  Spider-Man is going to find himself getting into a lot of trouble due to his aunt over the years, with nothing more serious than his Faustian deal in the "One More Day" story line of a few years ago.

His fear for Aunt May extends to even not interrupting a crime for fear that something might happen to him, and then Aunt May would have no one to look after her.  From there, it's all downhill.  He can't get a date with Betty Brant, he tries to sell the solution to his webbing formula, Aunt May's running out of medicine...it's a big mess.  Fortunately, by the story's end, Spider-Man is ready to return to his crime fighting ways.  They could have called this one "How Spidey got his groove back."  Stan puts Spidey through the ringer like none of his other heroes.



Favorite Panel:

Spidey's back!

Favorite Quote: "Was that Peter Parker?  I feel so good these days I even like him!" - J. Jonah Jameson

Next: Avengers # 10