Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Steve Ditko
Publication Date: September 1965
Well, Spider-Man's graduating high school, and we're only twenty eight issues in! I have seen a quote somewhere before that Stan had Peter graduate so early in the timeline simply because he didn't think his creations were going to last as long as they did. Makes a lot of sense. I have to imagine that despite all the hyperbolic jargon that opens and closes just about every Stan Lee joint, it would be hard for him to envision that they'd be releasing an Avengers movie in the year 2012.
Anyway, Spider-Man spends some time with Mr. Smythe, his buddy who created the Spider-Man hunting robot, in an attempt to retrieve his costume. Unfortunately, Smythe's scientist friend wants to make off with his half of the recent liquid metal alloy they've been making. He spills it on himself and becomes T one thous, I mean, the Molten Man, a bad guy. How come every scientist in the Marvel Universe can't replicate the results of any one of their famous experiments? Isn't repetition like half the battle in science? Anyways, Spidey beats yellow Colossus into submission.
- Petey gets a full scholarship to Empire State University, and so does Flash Thompson
- J. Jonah Jameson meets Aunt May for the first time
- Liz reveals her deep crush on Peter Parker, but says she never thought he was interested, and thus is moving on
Comics from the pre-Universal Healthcare days, now just a by-gone relic.
Next: Avengers # 20