Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #132, Amazing Spider-Man #133
Published Date: May-Jun 74
Title: "The master plan of the Molten Man!" / "The Molten Man breaks out!"
Gerry Conway - Writer
John Romita Sr. / Ross Andru - Penciler
Tony Mortellaro & Paul Reinman / Frank Giacoia & David Hunt - Inker
Liz Allan returns and so does the Molten Man. It's the sort of plot you'd expect, with Spidey having trouble fighting the Molten Man in the first issue but finding a way to beat him in the second.
I watch for how the Molten Man is portrayed because i know he eventually goes good. It's arguable that he's really being driven crazy by his powers in these issues and not actually evil, but only barely.
Mary Jane immediately recognizes Liz,
which from the printed material shouldn't be possible as they never met, although they could have met off-panel (See Mark's comment below).
Robbie refers to Peter as a "freelance photog" but i thought Peter was on staff at the Bugle as of Amazing Spider-Man #99. I suppose with JJ your job position is in constant jeopardy, but they made a big deal out of Peter getting a full-time job so you'd think it would have been clearer if he lost it. Actually the next issue, JJ refers to Peter as staff again. Staff freelance?
Quality Rating: C
Historical Significance Rating: 1
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
- Peter ran into Liz Allan once in the street after high school, in Amazing Spider-Man #30. The footnote incorrectly lists the issue as Marvel Tales #29, which actually reprinted ASM #39-40.
- The Molten Man previously appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #28 and Amazing Spider-Man #35. The footnote lists Marvel Tales #28, which reprinted ASM #35.
- Spider-Man is still wanted for the murder of Norman Osborn, who died in Amazing Spider-Man #122 or Marvel Tales #99
- Peter and Liz graduated from high school in Amazing Spider-Man #28 (and this time the footnote lists the actual ASM issue and not the Marvel Tales reprint. They keep me on my toes, that's for sure).
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: Marvel Tales #109, Marvel Tales #110
Inbound References (1): show
Characters Appearing: Betty Brant, Joe 'Robbie' Robertson, Liz Allan, Mary Jane Watson, Molten Man, Ned Leeds, Spider-Man
Liz Allan and Betty Brant actually met Mary Jane in ASM #25, but MJ's face was hidden from the reader.