Bring Back My Goblin to Me!
Written by: Stan Lee
Plotted and drawn by: Steve Ditko
Lettered by: Artie Simek
Originally published: August 1965
This issue was a pretty decent conclusion to the story started in ASM #26. We find out that the Crime Master is, in fact, Nick Lewis (when he gets blown away by the cops) and that Frederick Foswell has been posing as underworld informant Patch (though Spider-Man is still in the dark about this).
Unfortunately this issue wasn’t quite as good as the last couple, though it was still pretty strong. The pacing was a little weird, with all the action wrapping up really fast. After that it was just a bunch of wrapping up – Spider-Man retrieving his camera and ditching his shitty costume, etc. My biggest complaint with this issue, though, is something that Stan Lee screwed up. At the beginning of the issue, Lee has Spider-Man make a comment about the gas that knocked him out. It wasn’t gas at all, though, it was one of the Goblin’s pumpkin bombs! Come on, Stan! Would it really hurt to re-read the previous issue before printing this one, Stan?
It really seems like with Ditko in charge of plotting, he’s doing a much nicer job with the art. It’s often more detailed and more interesting than a lot of the earlier issues.