Pull of the Prodigy
Writer: Ann Robinson
Artist: Ross Andru
Inker: Mike Esposito
Colorist: Jan Cohen
Letterer: Joe Rosen
Originally published: 1976
This is “a special Planet Parenthood issue of the Amazing Spider-Man”, released by Marvel and Planned Parenthood. I think I read it in the wrong spot, based on when it was published.
Spidey stumbles on a plan to “recruit and robotize” teenagers from around the country. The big boss of this operation is an alien known as the Prodigy, from the planet Intellectia in the Andromeda galaxy. His voice has the power to brainwash, thanks to exposure to radiation and heat in Earth’s ionosphere.
So, with all this power and a plan to brainwash youth, what does the Prodigy do? Read on…
I think this comic really has to speak for itself, so here is some more awesomeness… including a Twinkie reference!
Overall this was pretty weak. Other than the fact that it’s kinda weird and interesting to see Spidey and others talk about sex and teen pregnancy, this book doesn’t have much to offer (as a comic – the lessons are, of course, top notch).