To Stalk the Spider-Man
Story: Stan Lee
Pencilling by: Gene Colan
Embellishment by: Bill Everett
Lettering by: Artie Simek
Originally published: May 1971
It Happens in Harlem!
Writer: Stan Lee
Art: John Romita
Letterer: Artie Simek
Originally published: June 1971
Spider-Man features somewhat prominently in this story, and I have no recollection of what’s even going on with him right now. It’s been so long, I had to look back at old issues to see what’s up. I suppose right now everything’s in a limbo – Gwen’s gone and life is sort of going forward as usual?
Basically the Falcon wants to make a bigger name for himself, and when he sees Spider-Man and some cops after him (are they still after him? I’ve lost track – maybe from Stacy’s death still) the Falcon decides to try to bring the webslinger in. When the Falcon’s falcon Redwing leads the hero to Pete’s apartment, Falcon finds Harry Osborn and assumes that he is Spider-Man. Oh noes!
Spider-Man shows up and sets things straight, but then shortly afterwards the Falcon gets himself kidnapped by some mobster named Stoneface. Luckily Spidey had put a tracer on the Falcon, so he’s able to rescue the unconscious hero from the mob’s hideout. When the Falcon wakes up he starts beating on Spidey again, and then his bird and Captain America show up and also start in on the poor guy.
Everyone eventually becomes friends, and then they go after Stoneface together.
Check out this awesome anime-y panel:
I loved the art in the first issue, 137. It didn’t look like how I remember Gene Colan’s work looking, but whatever.