Amazing Spider-Man annual #13
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man annual #13
Actually, this is a primitive crossover, because each issue delivers a complete story, instead of forcing readers to get them all.
This issue is really a ghost story, with Spider-Man taking a directions from (what he and we don't find out until the end is) a spirit of a secret service agent, Kent Blake...
...who was killed investigating a plot by Doctor Octopus in order to prove that his death really was a murder and not the suicide it was framed up to be.
As Midnighter notes in the comments, Kent Blake was an Atlas-era character that had his own book.
Spidey's strength is a little out of control in this issue. He picks up a fork-lift with no effort...
...and later he bends an I-Beam like it was made out of aluminum.
I know Spider-Man is strong, but usually feats of strength like that require special effort from him. He does those things very casually.
Those excesses aside, it's nice art by Byrne and Austin.
Peter tries to disguise himself as a goon for hire in order to join Doc Ock's gang, but Octavius recognizes him.
Luckily, he assumes that Peter is there on assignment for the Daily Globe. He also tries to claim that he didn't really love Aunt May when he tried to marry her, but we all know he still carries a torch.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP places this between Amazing Spider-Man #200-201. Continues directly in Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man annual #1.
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
Inbound References (3): show
Around this time, Marvel Preview #20 was announced to run a fumetti-style story based on the Japanese Spider-Man TV show, but it didn't happen and Dominic Fortune reprints were run instead.
Kent Blake: Agent Of Secret Service was a 14 issues Atlas title from 1951 to 1953
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