On the Trail of the Amazing Spider-Man
Writer: Kurt Busiek
Penciler: Pat Olliffe
Inkers: Al Vey w/ Pam Eklund
Lettering: Richard Starkings
Colors: Steve Mattsson
Originally published: March 1996
In this issue Jason’s plan to standout comes into play – he and Sally are trying to find out Spider-Man’s true identity.
There’s also a hilarious joke when Peter visits a new optometrist and gives him a false name – Palmer, the incorrect name used in the second half of ASM #1. The optometrist has some crazy equipment and it turns out he’s in league with Electro, and using said crazy equipment to hypnotize people into handing over all their valuables to the crooks. This is pretty bad. Spider-Man ends up handing over money he retrieves from an armoured car robbery, and Electro and the optometrist realize they must have gotten Spider-Man in his true identity. Sally and Jason end up saving the damn day in a round about way when the flash from their camera brings Spidey back to his senses, just as Electro’s about to pull off Spider-Man’s mask and reveal Peter Parker beneath. Sally further saves Spider-Man’s ass by kicking Electro in the face. Spider-Man was actually pretty useless in this issue, which was cool to see.
We also get a Batwing update (he’s still around and Spider-Man’s been helping him out) and a bunch of buzz about the Kingpin’s recent takeover of the New York gang scene.