Amazing Spider-Man #213-215
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #213, Amazing Spider-Man #214, Amazing Spider-Man #215
Llyra disguises herself as a human woman - depicted very nicely by John Romita Jr. and poses as one of Peter's apartment mates.
He becomes attracted to her, which results in a Misunderstanding Fight when Namor initially enters the picture.
In order to find Spider-Man's civilian identity, the Wizard lures Spider-Man to a trap at the World Trade Center using a giant robotic spider, which Spider-Man feels obligated to investigate.
From there, they are able to trace Spider-Man back to his apartment building. The rest of the Frightful Four never learn that Spider-Man is Peter Parker specifically, just that he lives in a particular building, but even that is pretty dangerous knowledge for them, and clearly Llyra knows his ID.
Peter's entire apartment building is destroyed by the Wizard, but Spider-Man manages to rescue all of the residents.
If you're wondering why Spider-Man's costume looks so faded in that picture above, it's because Spider-Man accidentally bleaches his costume trying to get the brine out from his previous encounter with the Sub-Mariner.
Later, the Wizard manages to take away Spider-Man's Spider-sense and put it in Namor, making Spider-Man vulnerable and driving the Sub-Mariner crazy.
Mr. Fantastic restores the Spider-sense at the end of the story.
The story has got beautiful art by JRJR . It's got a great build up, with Llyra, identity obscured, breaking the Wizard out of Ryker's, and a later break-out of the other members.
There's a number of good jokes, including the costume gag and some problems with neighbors. And then of course a number of good fight scenes.
There's also continuing interaction between Peter and Debbie. Peter is still acting uncharacteristically badly, but i think it's an interesting study of someone who is typically the rejected loser acting just as badly when the tables are turned.
Overall, a fun arc.
I suspect that Namor's inclusion in these stories is the reason he was in the Spider-Man arcade game. Someone working on that must have liked these issues. Doesn't explain Hawkeye, though.
Quality Rating: B+
Historical Significance Rating: 1
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (5): show
In Marvelmania #3(6/70), a spoof article was based on a future issue of Marvelmania from July 1980. In the article was mentioned a reprint title called "Marvel Masterworks" and Spider-Man by John Romita Jr.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | December 30, 2012 7:43 PM
I thought Peter's behaviour towards Debra Whitman, was disgraceful, and wholly out of character for him. He leaves nonchalantly with barely a 'by-your-leave' after she cooks a huge breakfast and buys tickets to a show. I thought it put the hero in a very poor light and revealed him as a user. All the while he was chasing another girl. Nice art though, good action.
Posted by: Sparky Ryan | October 3, 2016 9:00 PM
Just reading this series and found it strange the prison let Sandman & Trapster wear their criminal outfits in their cells! Maybe it was an own clothes day in the prison...
Posted by: Sal Paradise | March 20, 2017 8:57 PM
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