Amazing Spider-Man #187
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #187
Electro is attempting a kidnapping/ransom scheme...
...but it turns out that the rich kid he's captured has the plague! Oops!
Captain America tries to keep Spider-man out of the area in order to prevent him from getting infected.
Spider-man is too stubborn for his own good, however. The implications really aren't that bad; after teaming up to defeat Electro...
...he just needs an inoculation, which Marv Wolfman uses as an opportunity for some bad rear-end jokes ("That's all behind me now").
The hostage scheme was Electro's own idea, but he says he was paid by someone else to destroy the Indian Point power plant. I thought Dum Dum Dugan's conspiratorial dialogue at the end of the issue was pretty cool, though (and a Godzilla reference to boot!).
It's said in the lettercol for #190 that this issue was plotted more than a year ago as a Marvel Team-Up fill-in and re-scripted to fit into current continuity. Bob McLeod is given special kudos for turning Starlin's "very rough" layouts into a finished product. That seems in stark contrast to my observation that this issue is more Starlin-y than other Starlin fill-in layouts; shows what i know.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: I've pushed this forward in time to be closer to issue #188, since that starts with some thugs taking advantage of the blackout here, and it helps explain why Captain America isn't in Avengers #179-180.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showCaptain America, Dum Dum Dugan LMD, Electro, J. Jonah Jameson, Joe 'Robbie' Robertson, Spider-Man
Marvel's had at least 4 "Electro" characters. The first was a remote-controlled robot that appeared in Marvel Mystery Comics during the early 1940s written and darwn by Steve Dahlman. The 2nd one was the green-skinned Russian that the 1950s Captain America fought. The 3rd was a Lee-Kirby pre-hero giant alien monster called "Elektro". The 4th was this Electro here. It's possible that more Electros replaced Max Dillon in the future, but I don't know of any. DC also had an Electro (between Marvel's 3rd and 4th ones) that fought Superman, and resembled a walking mass of neon tubes.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 30, 2011 1:11 PM
I agree with fnord, this looks very "Starlin-y". That drawing of Cap facing off against Spider-Man and the later one of him cutting across panels are two of the best illustrations of Cap I've ever seen.
Posted by: Erik Beck | April 10, 2015 11:39 AM
One of my first comics, ensuring a love of both cap and electro (i already loved spidey). As I got it when I was four years old and couldnt read, I thought for sure Cap was stronger than spider-man.
Posted by: kveto | September 17, 2016 10:45 AM
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