A Day in the Life of–
Author: Stan Lee
Penciller: Gil Kane
Inker: Frank Giacoia
Letterer: Artie Simek
Originally published: August 1971
Pete and Gwen making out, being in love, etc. = nice but boring. Pete is going to propose to Gwen, but realizes he needs some money first. He heads to the Bugle and they assign him to a prison riot where the warden is being held hostage. Smart kid that he his, Pete demands a good price for his photos as well as a salary. Then it’s off to the prison, in full Spidey regalia!
When he gets there, Spider-Man finds out that the prisoners are simply fighting for their rights, including the right to a speedy trial. The leader of the riot, Turpo, is just using this to as a distraction while he orchestrates his own escape. Spidey busts in, busts up Turpo and his men, and stops the riot. The warden agrees to the help the prisoners with their complaints.
On his way home, Spider-Man sees Johnny Carson, who offers to put him on TV. Spidey on TV — that’s never been a plot before. When he gets on the show, Spidey gets up on his soapbox and starts talking about the state of the jails. Could this issue be any more boring? As he’s preaching about the justice system, the cops show up to arrest him. Kind of ironic I guess, but certainly not interesting.
Terrible, terrible issue. Even Gil Kane’s art, which I usually kinda like, looked pretty shitty here.