Characters Appearing: Armstrong Smith, Blake Tower, J. Jonah Jameson, Joe 'Robbie' Robertson, Spider-Man, WHO
Amazing Spider-Man #155
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-man #155
...in which WHO (the Worldwide Habitual Offenders supercomputer) dunit. Stupid.
This book is getting really bad, really fast, under Len Wein. Sal Buscema takes over for Ross Andru this issue so it may be a real fill-in.
The WHO computer is introduced by the new district attorney Blake Tower, who has replaced Foggy Nelson.
Most of the issue has Spider-Man following up on false leads supplied by WHO.
As Mark notes in the comments, one of the fake suspects supplied to Spider-Man by the computer has cool metal hands, but Leroy Tallon has no further appearances.
Statement of Ownership Total Paid Circulation: Average of Past 12 months = 273,773. Single issue closest to filing date = 261,930.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Tales #132
There's a villain in the book called Leroy Tallon who had cool(at the time) metal hands, but I don't know if he ever rated a notation from Marvel or not.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 21, 2011 3:27 PM
I like the fact that Leroy Tallon's name is a play on the word Talon - claw, since he has metal hands.
Posted by: clyde | February 15, 2015 3:26 PM
I wonder if the doctor who replaced Tallon's hands was supposed to be Jonas Harrow?
It says a lot about this issue that we're all talking about an incidental character in it.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | March 4, 2017 5:34 PM
Also, there's a letter in this issue that fits nicely with fnord12's review:
"Len Wein, eh? Well, I don't know, but....no. the trouble is that I do know. That is, I'm familiar enough with Wein's style to fear he's not going to work very well on SPIDER-MAN. His famous wordy captions, overloaded dialogue, affected self-consciosuness a la Mike Friedrich, and penchant for melodrama have their place, I suppose. But a fast-paced, action-oriented strip like Spidey? I don't think so."
Practically a checklist for this run, isn't it?
Posted by: Omar Karindu | March 4, 2017 5:37 PM
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