The Goblin and the Gangsters
Written by: Stan Lee
Illustrated by: Steve Ditko
Lettered by: Artie Simek
Originally published: August 1965
In this issue, the Green Goblin continues his plan to take over the crime racket in New York. He hatches a pretty clever plan that ends up putting crime boss Lucky Lobo behind bars, with the help of former Big Man, Frederick Foswell. Unfortunately for the Goblin, his plan works too well and all of Lobo’s gang ends up in jail, leaving no goons for the Goblin to lead.
Spider-Man actually kind of takes a back seat in this issue. He mostly is just an observer and a pawn of the Goblin, who tricks him into helping round up Lucky and the gang. When Spider-Man clues in to the Goblin’s true scheme, the two end up having what turns out to be a pretty decent and un-boring fight.
I actually really dug this issue more than I expected to. I always think I’m going to hate these Amazing Spider-Mans, but they often turn out to be pleasant surprises!