Amazing Spider-Man #137
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #137
Well he can rule Flash Thompson out easily enough.
Spider-man knocks the Goblin out with one punch and then rescues Aunt May (sorry MJ!). He was right (as we'll learn again years later during One More Day). He goes back and beats the crap out of the Goblin some more. Then he gets both himself and Harry back in their civvies and waits for the cops to arrive and take away an obviously mentally ill boy.
Peter is holding firm on his decision to quit the Bugle and he even gives JJ some attitude about it.
Harry's mental illness is a worthy topic, although it is dealt with in an over-the-top manner. But this deathtrap stuff is cheee-sey.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Peter is still not working at the Daily Bugle. Mary Jane is still in the hospital after the explosion last issue.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Tales #114
Inbound References (10): show
This issue received quite a bit of criticism for the incredibly bad science in the deathtraps.
Dave Hunt around this time starts giving us "BACKG HUNT" for a while.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 19, 2011 11:52 PM
I meant to ask when you referred to BACKG MORT for Amazing Spider-Man #83... what does it mean?? Google won't tell me.
Posted by: fnord12 | August 20, 2011 2:36 AM
It refers to Backgrounds by Mortellaro.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 20, 2011 11:28 AM
As cliche as it is, Harry's death trap strategy makes sense given that he can't stand up to Peter physically. In fact, he would still use primarily psychological tactics against Peter down the road, even after gaining strength through the Goblin Formula.
Posted by: TCP | December 10, 2015 11:21 PM
Though Part I has Harry fighting Peter to a standstill and only failing to kill him because his glove blasters run out of power. There seems to have been some kind of a plot change between parts, too; the end of Part I promised "Spider-Man: Renegade" and suggested that Peter was about to go berserk. It also plays Harry as "as fast as the original Goblin" and a serious physical threat.
But here, Peter is only POed at Jonah, Spider-Man is his usual self-deprecating self, and after the prologue with the atomic bomb theft sequence, Harry is quickly dismissed as a guy in the middle of a mental breakdown who's in over his head playing villain.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | February 13, 2017 6:15 PM
Part I (#136) is the first comic book I ever bought off the rack. After reading it several times over the years, I still regard it as one of the best ASM comic books of all time. However, Part II (#137) takes a significant nosedive. It is the classic "not living up to expectations" sample. Totally agree with Omar's observation - there seems to be some type of last minute plot change. The promised "Spider-Man Renegade" is not presented and Harry's suggested speed and strength is clearly walked back to the point of rendering him a joke. It's a shame. The two part story could have been one of the all-time greats. But Part I still delivers enough quality to preserve it as a single issue classic. In fact, it is my go-to comic when trying to entice a new reader. My son, nephews, and niece have all been WOWed by it. I delay providing Part II. I try to delay it indefinitely.
Posted by: Jack | September 10, 2017 9:19 AM
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