The Spider-Man Project

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 063, 064, 065

Posted by dave, November 16, 2007 at 8:26 pm · No Comments ·

Wings in the Night!
Writer: Stan Lee
Art: John Romita, Don Heck
Inking: Mickey Demeo
Letters: Sam Rosen
Originally published: August 1968

The Vulture’s Prey
Writer: Stan Lee
Art: John Romita
Augmented by: Don Heck
Embellisment: Mickey Demeo
Lettering: Artie Simek
Originally published: September 1968

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 065The Impossible Escape!
Writer: Stan Lee
Art: John Romita, Jim Mooney
Lettering by: Artie Simek
Originally published: October 1968

Peter mentioned in the annual I just read that it was summer vacation, but there’s no real indication of that here. Also, I think Flash may have been in the background of one scene, but in this issue he’s still in the army, about to head into the shit. I suspect the annual was misplaced in my list…

Note: no exclamation mark on the title of Amazing Spider-Man #64!

We open with a bombshell: the original Vulture, Adrian Toomes, is not dead! (I actually kinda figured this was the case, since we never saw him die before, and also because I’m a super genius.)

After that short introduction we’re treated to Spider-Man getting horribly defeated by the rain. Yes, apparently Spider-Man’s biggest enemies are wet walls and moist webbing. Pete’s hurts his shoulder, but that’s not the only pain he feels. There’s still the whole deal with Gwen hating his ass after he clocked Captain Stacy.

Norman Osborn shows up and is acting crazier and getting closer to remembering the whole Goblin/Spider-Man thing (including Spidey’s true identity).

The old Vulture busts the new Vulture, Blackie Drago, out of jail to beat the crap out of him, to show that the original Vulture is the best. The issue ends with Drago defeated, Spider-Man injured, and Toomes coming in for an attack.

In issue number 64 the Vulture and Spider-Man are fighting. Robbie Robertson gets hurt. It’s exciting, until we get to page 12 and stop caring about any of that bullshit because MARY JANE GOT A NEW HAIRCUT!!!1! OMGZ!!

It’s so awful! Holy crap! Talk about a terrible decision! No wonder Pete’s more interested in Gwen.

Uh anyway, Spider-Man eventually scares off the Vulture, but passes out in the middle of the street. The crowd considers unmasking him, and then it’s over. When we pick up the story in the next issue, Captain Stacy and some random cops are protecting Spidey from the crowd. Thank goodness. The bad news is that Spider-Man is out cold and taken into police custody. When he finally wakes up in a prison infirmary, the debate about whether or not to unmask him is still going on.

While Spider-Man is resting up, though, there’s a damn prison break. Captain Stacy gets taken hostage. Spider-Man figures his only shot at stopping the break-out, saving Captain Stacy, and rescuing himself is to pretend to help the crooks escape. He does, then smashes their faces in and saves the day. Captain Stacy tries to convince Spidey to stay in custody and go on trial, but Spider-Man’s having none of that. He busts out of there.

I wanna take this opportunity to re-iterate how much I like John Romita’s (and I guess Don Heck’s) art. Except for MJ’s new stupid-ass haircut. Damn.

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