The Ghost that Haunted Octopus!
Writer: Len Wein
Illustrator: Ross Andru
Delineator: Mike Esposito
Colorist: Glynis Wein
Letterer: John Costanza
Originally published: June 1976
This supposedly takes place in late winter? Crazy. We were just at August 27, the Leeds/Brant wedding date. I think I’ll just ignore that, since it seems to be right after the last issue. The Official Marvel Index says to treat it like a cold spell in late August, which I guess I’ll have to do.
Spidey goes after the Spider-Mobile– but doesn’t find it. Where could it have gone? Will I get to see it again?
Harry has a different look to him. He’s softer looking, but also crazier looking (thanks in part to orange eyes – nice one, Glynis!). I likes it. Also, Liz and Harry start to hook up, which could be interesting. Isn’t poor Flash ever gonna get any lovin’?
So, Len Wein wants us to believe that Doc Ock’s mechanical arms, wrapped around his body, saved him from a nuclear explosion. That is insane. It instantly causes this book to get a low rating from me. If they were going to bring back Octopus, I think they could have done it in a cooler, or at least more believable, way. The overly long and drawn-out chase scene doesn’t help things; this issue was just kind of a stinker.