Amazing Spider-Man #242-243
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #242, Amazing Spider-Man #243
The couple make up, and Mary Jane Watson returns to Peter's life and the cast of the book.
The villain of this arc is the awesome Mad Thinker...
...who decides to investigate what he's heard about Spider-Man.
While still in prison, he mentally activates one of his battle-droids.
Spider-Man is able to destroy the robot in issue #242 (but the Thinker is able to confirm that Spider-Man has a Spider-Sense)...
...leaving issue #243 mainly as a downtime issue, although Spidey does stop some revolutionaries from holding a church hostage.
In addition to Mary Jane coming back, the big news is that Peter Parker decides to quit grad school.
Between being Spider-Man and being a photographer, going to school is just too much for him.
Quality Rating: A-
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (5): show
A notebook on Ben Urich's desk reads "Bob Camp(phone #)-re:Axe Murder". Bob Camp was an inker on the Conan titles and other places around this time, but I don't know if "axe" refers to anything special.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 11, 2012 6:08 PM
I hate these issues only because they brought Mary Jane back. They should have just kept her as the bitch that turned down Peter marriage proposal
Posted by: doomsday | July 9, 2013 3:59 PM
Grad school must not have agreed with Peter - he looks like he's on death's door in that last panel!
Posted by: S | July 9, 2013 11:13 PM
Cartoonist Evan Dorkin has a letter in issue 242.
Posted by: Aaron Malchow | August 11, 2015 1:45 PM
The Mad Thinker plotline started here is finally, belatedly wrapped up over a decade later in Spider-Man Team-Up #2.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | October 4, 2015 9:45 AM
Much like his early battles with the Fantastic Four, this is basically a victory for the Thinker since he gains knowledge in the end. I like the idea that he could pick a fight with almost any hero in an attempt to learn about them and then tuck that information away for later.
Posted by: TCP | December 28, 2017 1:46 PM
MTU #129-30 are referenced because it's Spider-Man's encounter with the Thinker's "Intellectual Robots" in those issues that brings him to the Thinker's attention, in a neat bit of continuity-weaving by Stern
Posted by: Omar Karindu | May 29, 2018 2:45 PM
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