Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #242, Amazing Spider-Man #243
Published Date: Jul-Aug 83
Title: "Confrontations!" / "Options!"
Roger Stern - Writer
John Romita Jr. - Penciler
Kevin Dzuban / Dave Simons - Inker
Eliot Brown - Assistant Editor
Tom DeFalco - Editor
This issue resolves the Peter Parker/Amy Powell/Lance Bannon triangle by revealing that Amy and Lance have an open relationship wherein they can date other people, but they just wind up making each other jealous and Peter got caught in the middle.
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 on 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-
Historical Significance Rating: 4 - Mary Jane returns. Peter quits grad school.
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
- Peter thinks to himself that he's "hardly even thought of his graduate studies except for the days I spent in New Hampshire playing boy photographer -- and Spider-Man". It's a reference to Marvel Team-Up #129-130, and maybe that makes sense if you've read those issues, but it reads like a non-sequitur.
- Some footnote-less Mad Thinker flashbacks: Fantastic Four #15, Fantastic Four #28, and Avengers #39.
- Peter receives the grade of a test that he took in Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #76. (He got an A). That same issue is the one where the Black Cat was badly injured.
- The model of droid the Thinker uses is the same as the one that he used against the FF in Fantastic Four #70-71.
- Catching up with Mary Jane, Peter mentions that his apartment was robbed in Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #72.
- Peter Parker met his professor Dr. Sloan as Spider-Man in Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #36. Spidey meets Sloan again this issue as he is talking to Doc Connors. Spider-Man wanted Connors to investigate the Thinker's android to see where it came from.
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
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.