The Menace of “The Molten Man!”
Written by: Stan Lee
Plotted and drawn by: Steve Ditko
Lettered and bordered by: Sam Rosen
Originally published: September 1965
This issue was pretty much split in two, with the first half centering around a new villain, the Molten Man, and the second half around Peter’s high school graduation. The Molten Man stuff was very villain-of-the-weeky and not very interesting. Peter’s graduation wasn’t actually too exciting either, except that it’s such an important milestone. Kind of like real graduation – it’s an important step and you feel like it should be exciting, but really it’s a complete bore.
Stan Lee screwed up big twice in this issue. First, he had Peter refer to Liz Allen as Liz Hilton. Second, he had Anna Watson refer to Mary-Jane as her daughter instead of her niece. These are not complicated things to keep straight, so what the hell is the problem? According to some shit I’ve read, Stan and Steve weren’t really even communicating by this point, so it doesn’t really surprise me that Stan seems to be phoning it in. I’m starting to think Stan Lee is kind of a douchebag, but maybe I’m reading too much into all of this.