Friday, December 2, 2011

Marvel History 200(!): Amazing Spider-Man # 19

Issue: Amazing Spider-Man # 19
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Steve Ditko
Publication Date: December 1964

Brief Summary:


Stan Lee might be the only writer ever to use the exclamation point more often than the period and get away with it.  Every line of dialogue uses them!  It's crazy!

Anyways, the Enforcers return, working with Sandman.  Spider-Man frees the Human Torch from their clutches, and then the two get trapped in his webbing.  This is actually a pretty funny incident, and showcases the inexperience of these two heroes.  It's the kind of stuff you won't see these characters screwing up twenty years down the line.

There's also a shadowed figure plotting against Spidey at issue's end, adding further intrigue as to what's to come in the next issue.  Again, as the Marvel stories have gained popularity, it seems that Stan has continued to build a more cohesive and continuous narrative.

Quick Thoughts:
  • The Spider Signal is still seeing action
  • Mary Jane's mom gets a reference
  • Betty Brant has a new boyfriend, Ned Leeds
Favorite Panel:

Favorite Quote: "If anyone asks what happened to you guys, be sure to spell my name right!  There's a hyphen in it, remember!"  - Spider-Man (note the hyphen)

Next: Avengers # 11