The Small Lebowski:
Amazing Spider-Man #132-133
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #132, Amazing Spider-Man #133
...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.
He is dissolving, and has a bag of isotopes that he intends to use to cure himself, but he continues the fight with Spider-Man and won't let Spider-Man help him, and he's eventually lost.
Mary Jane immediately recognizes Liz,
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?
Here's the nice opening splash of #132 from JRSR.
And here's the spider-sense panels Matt refers to in the comments.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Tales #109, Marvel Tales #110
Inbound References (3): showBetty 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.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 18, 2011 12:07 PM
The beauty of this two part story is that it bring together my two favorite artists of all-time - Ross Andru and John Romita Sr. Yes - in that order!
Posted by: Jack | July 23, 2013 6:01 PM
Forgive me if this is addressed elsewhere, but am I the only one bothered by the fact that Conway seems chronically unable to differentiate between Peter's Spider-Sense and, say, Daredevil's enhanced other senses? I don't have the issue in front of me, but I believe there's a line in #133 about how, after he douses Molty with the fire hose, his "Spider-Senses" (plural) will help him locate MM amid the steam. It's not the first such gaffe, but I don't have other references handy.
Posted by: Matthew Bradley | February 18, 2014 11:21 AM
It doesn't seem too bad to me. Molten Man is a source of danger so Spidey should be able to use that to pinpoint him. But i'm used to Spider-Man just blindly swinging around the city when he's looking for someone, relying on his spider-sense to twinge when he gets close, so i may have missed it if Conway was unintentionally expanding on its usage here.
I've added the scans of that scene.
Posted by: fnord12 | February 18, 2014 7:19 PM
The prior instance was in the notorious #114. Again, I don't have it handy, but after my most recent reading I wrote, "I know the failure of his Spider-Sense to alert him to the 'danger' of Aunt May raised some eyebrows, but I was bothered more by the idea that his 'Spider-Senses' (note the plural) enhanced his hearing; perhaps Conway has been writing DAREDEVIL for too long?"
Posted by: Matthew Bradley | February 20, 2014 11:38 PM
This was the first Spider-man comic that I bought in the little corner drug store when I first caught the comic collecting bug. Reading through it, I immediately realized that it was a lot darker than the Spider-man cartoon!
Posted by: Mike | July 6, 2014 2:46 AM
Mike, ASM 133 was my first off the rack. And, yes, the stark difference from the cartoons of the day was jarring.
Posted by: Jack | January 25, 2015 7:10 AM
I think this is the beginning of Liz's last name being misspelled as "Allen," something that will persist for a long time.
Posted by: TCP | April 21, 2015 2:52 PM
This is the story that reveals that Liz Allen is the Molten Man's stepsister, which is why he goes to Harry and Liz many years later once he's finally reformed. It's also meant to explain why Liz simply vanished from the comic after issue #28
Posted by: Omar Karindu | November 17, 2015 6:09 PM
Bit of trivia: ASM 132 is the Spidey issue on the Electric Company the episode he made his first appearance! (and of course ultimately leading to Spidey Super Stories, with memorable elements like the original Spider-Woman, the infamous Star Wars issue with Moondragon and, yes, the Thanos-Copter)
Posted by: Ataru320 | November 5, 2016 8:35 AM
Mike and Jack, you think this is darker than the Sixties cartoon? Perhaps you never saw the Dementia Five episode. That freaked the hell out of me.
Posted by: Andrew | December 20, 2016 7:30 PM
Rather oddly, Spider-Man deduces the Molten Man is the baddie in #132 after noticing the Molten Man's footprints burned into the floor....only the Molten Man's fiery powers are a new development Spider-man isn't supposed to know about.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | February 13, 2017 6:07 PM
Wasn't the direction of the AIM movement in Iron Man 3 a direct swipe of Mark Raxton's Molten Man Power?
Posted by: RocknRollguitarplayer | February 24, 2017 12:38 AM
The face mask (complete with goatee!) and green coat the Molten Man wears on the subway in issue #133 are the same as disguise he used in Amazing Spider-Man #35 during his robbery spree.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | June 23, 2017 6:52 PM
I dunno I thought it was kind of clever to make Liz and Molten Man related. It seems like something Roger Stern would have done. What with Liz giving Peter a good-bye just as she realizes he doesn't like her back in graduation...The same issue Mark gets his powers.
Posted by: davidbanes | July 16, 2017 2:22 PM
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