The Spider-Man Project

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 073, 074, Here Comes…Daredevil The Man Without Fear! Vol. 1 054, The Amazing Spider-Man 075

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The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 073The Web Closes!
Authored by: Stan Lee
Innovated by: John Buscema
Coordinated by: John Romita
Illustrated by: Jim Mooney
Lettered by: Sam Rosen
Originally published: June 1969

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 074If This Be Bedlam!
Script Writer: Stan Lee
Innovator: Johnny Romita
Illustrator: Jim Mooney
Letterer: Sam Rosen
Originally published: July 1969

Here Comes...Daredevil The Man Without Fear! Vol. 1 054Call Him…Fear!
Writer: Roy Thomas
Artist: Gene Colan
Inked by: George Klein
Lettered by: Artie Simek
Originally published: July 1969

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 075Death Without Warning!
Author: Stan Lee
Innovator: John Romita
Illustrator: Jim Mooney
Letterer: Artie Simek
Originally published: August 1969

Continuing the saga of the ancient stone tablet. In this issue it is retrieved from the Shocker’s girlfriend by the Maggia, a crime organization headed by Silvermane. They also bail the Kingpin’s man Wilson out of jail and kidnap Curt Connors, all in a bid to discover the tablet’s secret. Spider-Man is really a kind of background player in this issue. It wasn’t bad overall, but the suspense regarding the tablet is long past interesting. They need to just reveal what the hell the deal with it is, and move on.

The secret is finally revealed in Amazing Spider-Man 74. We learn that the tablet contains not written language, but chemical symbols – a recipe for a valuable serum. Throughout the whole thing, Silvermane hints that he needs said serum to improve his own health and help with his aging. Curt Connors eventually is able to completely translate the tablet and make the serum. Silvermane drinks it, and it is confirmed that the secret of the tablet is that of the mythical fountain of youth – Silvermane’s youth is restored.

This second issue was actually pretty solid. I was expecting to be pretty disappointed when the big reveal on the tablet finally came, but this wasn’t too bad. Also, Harry Osborn got the best damned moustache so that helped the book quite a bit too:

best moustache ever? best moustache ever?

Next, Spidey makes a brief cameo in Daredevil’s mag, where it appears that Matt Murdock is dead. He isn’t, though.

Issue 75 blows your socks off. The big tease is that somebody dies, but nobody cares because there’s something way more exciting – another character named Blackie! Woo!

another character named blackie

Anyway, Silvermane keeps getting younger and younger. Spider-Man shows up and starts fighting everyone, Curt Connors turns into the Lizard and takes off. There’s general mayhem. Eventually Silvermane turns into a little kid and then disappears completely. He’s the guy that dies I guess. Spider-Man rescues Connors’s family, but the Lizard is at large and crazy.

#75 has an awesome cover.

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