Squash! Goes the Spider!
Story: Stan Lee
Art: John Romita
Inks: Frank Giacoia
Lettering: Sam Rosen
Originally published: March 1972
Ok, we’re now done with the interlude in the middle of Amazing 105, and the events of this issue directly follow the end of that one. This issue also sees the welcome return of John Romita, even if it is only a brief return.
So where were we? Spencer Smythe had just used a bunch of security cameras to discover that Spider-Man is Peter Parker. Furthermore, Spider-Man is being blames for a robbery Smythe committed using his Spider Slayer robot. Here’s what happens now:
- Spidey realizes the camera spotted him, freaks out
- Spidey visits Curt Connors’s lab to make a Peter Parker mask
- As Smythe is watching with a bunch of mob bosses, Pete appears on camera with his Peter mask over his Spider-Man mask; when he removes the Peter mask, everyone believes the view of Peter they got was all a ruse
- Flash Thompson seems to be buggin out – he might be shell shocked
- Smythe goes after Spidey with a new Spider Slayer that’s twice as big and can actually transport the mad roboticist inside
- Smythe captures Spider-Man
The Smythe story is still pretty retarded, but the character stuff with Harry and MJ, Pete and Gwen, and Flash was all pretty good.