On the Trail of the Chameleon!
Author: Stan Lee
Illustrators: John Buscema and Jim Mooney
Art Consolidator: John Romita
Letterer: Sam Rosen
Originally published: January 1970
The art in this issue looks crazy fucking weird, even though it’s the same credits as the last little while. Everybody looks like they’re about 12 years old. What the shit. It’s not bad, really, just… weird. Well, it’s bad when JJ’s hair is all scaly, but other than that it’s ok.
In this issue Petey patches things up with Gwen just in time to go to the museum with her, where her dad is guarding some expensive paintings. They obviously get stolen. The identity of the thief and the manner in which the paintings were stolen might have been an interesting point of mystery and suspense if it hadn’t been given away on the cover and last month’s teaser. Yup, it was the Chameleon. Way to spoil your own story, Stan.
Well anyway, Spidey goes after the Chameleon the next day. Chameleon’s trying to steal a bunch of money and makes the mistake of disguising himself as Peter Parker. Spiderman, on the other hand, makes the dumb mistake of admitting his secret identity when he says (in front of everybody) “You chose the identity of the one person I knew you couldn’t be!”. What the fuck, is Spider-Man insane? Does he know what a secret identity is? Stupid ass.
Fortunately for Peter everybody else is just as dumb as him, and they don’t figure it out.