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The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 053, 054, 055, 056

Posted by dave, November 2, 2007 at 5:30 pm · No Comments ·

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 053Enter: Dr. Octopus
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciller: Johnny Romita
Embellisher: Mickey Demeo
Letterer: Artie Simek
Originally published: October 1967

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 054The Tentacles and the Trap!
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciller: John Romita
Embellished by: Mickey Demeo
Lettered by: Sam Rosen
Originally published: November 1967

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 055Doc Ock Wins!
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciller: John Romita
Inking: Mickey Demeo
Lettering: Sam Rosen
Originally published: December 1967

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 056Disaster!
Writer: Stan Lee
Penciller: John Romita
Inked by: Mike Esposito
Lettered by: Sam Rosen
Originally published by: January 1968

ASM #53 is the first Amazing Spider-Man since issue 23 without an exclamation mark in the title.

These issues have Spider-Man fighting Doctor Octopus who, it turns out, did survive their last encounter. Doc Ock is trying to steal the U.S.’s most powerful new weapon: the Nullifier.

In the first issue Ock tries and fails to get that Nullifier, and thinks he’s killed Spider-Man.

In #54 Doc Ock moves into the spare room at Aunt May and Anna Watson’s place! Obviously there are big fights and Aunt May ends up getting the crap scared out of her.
In #55 Ock gets the Nullifier and attacks Stark Industries. Shit gets really interesting at that point because Doc Ock uses the Nullifier on Spider-Man and gives him complete amnesia. Octopus convinces Spider-Man that he is a super-villain in Doc Ock’s employ. Whoa!

In #56 Spidey is Ock’s henchman but doesn’t feel good about it. Spider-Man takes off when the army capture Octopus and retrieve the Nullifier. The issue ends with Spider-Man still having amnesia and not having any clue who he is. Meanwhile his friends and family are super worried about him.
Notes:

  • Shit man, it’s epic.
  • These issues were coming out exactly 40 years ago.
  • This is the first time somebody’s found a spider-tracer.
  • Dock Ock looks oddly like Elton John.
  • I really like the catty friendliness between Gwen and MJ.
  • It was not clear to me before, but I guess Flash was just on a temporary leave. He seems to be back in the shit.

I really loved this arc and especially how it ended. It’s nice to see some larger arcs showing up, rather than just shitty villain-of-the-week issues. It allows for some way more interesting stories and character development, and gets Stan out of the structure trap he sometimes falls into: villain appears -> long boring fight that Spidey wins -> villain goes to jail.

Damncommies
Notomorrows

Rating:
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