The Small Lebowski:
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
The story strongly implies that Llyra is somehow causing Peter's sudden, obsessive attraction to her. Even after she reveals her true form, he's unable to harm her, and Namor says that he is "under her spell." Presumably it's some application of the telepathic powers she uses to control sea life.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | April 11, 2017 5:32 PM
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