Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Steve Ditko
Publication Date: March 1965
The Ringmaster (surely you remember him!) has already finished his prison term, thus proving that the legal system in the Marvel Universe is a joke (sorry, Daredevil!). But the circus of crime isn't sticking with the Ringmaster for a leader. Oh, no. They need someone with guts. With cleverness. With charisma! They choose a circus clown.
That works out about as well as you might expect. Spidey spends a large portion of the issue trying to determine how to handle Princess Python, as he doesn't want to hurt a woman. Quite noble. By issue's end, the entire Circus of Crime is apprehended again, victim to greed, circumstance, and Spidey.
- Parker studies the work of Henry Pym
- Betty Brant has caught wind of Peter's dalliance with Johnny Storm's galfriend
- Tuesday Weld gets a reference, as does Sophia Loren
Spidey taking on the circus.
Next: Avengers # 14