Characters Appearing: Charles Rider, Franklin Risk, Harry Daze, Harry Osborn, Liz Allan, Molten Man, Nova (Rich Rider), Photon (Jason Dean), Spider-Man
Amazing Spider-Man #171
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #171
Is that even an anagram? One of the "clues" was that Rich Rider's uncle was big into anagrams, but i'm not sure if this code qualifies as one. In fact, i'm pretty sure it doesn't. To hell with you, anagrams!
The quality of Amazing Spider-Man, once Marvel's top book by a large margin, is really sad to behold at this point. It may be due to the crossover with Nova, but there is very little space devoted to the sub-plots and supporting characters that made the book so much more intricate than other titles. There is a brief interlude with Harry Osborn telling Liz Allan that he won't set a marriage date until after he's sure that he's over his mental illness, though.
It is rare to see Spidey going up against AIM agents though, so that's something.
The uninspired villain Photon...
... turns out to be the guy from the Maggia, but the police arrest the AIM agent and the ruthless businessman for good measure as well.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Continues directly from Nova #12.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
It's an acronym, not an anagram. I suppose the use of A.I.M., an acronym-using organization, as the bad guys is a subtle way of cuing the solution.
(And in Charles Rider's defense, it's not as if he had anything to write with.)
Posted by: Dan Spector | February 3, 2013 12:55 PM
This was the first Marvel comic I ever owned, so... go to Hell.
Posted by: Anonymous | February 3, 2013 9:31 PM
Surprising this was a regular issue of ASM instead of Team-Up. Were they that desperate to flog Nova's book?
I've always thought it funny that the initial letters of five consecutive months spelled out "JASON". Nice to see someone else had the same realization and made it a questionable clue in a mediocre murder mystery!
Posted by: Morgan Wick | April 8, 2015 4:02 AM
It's not an acronym, it's an acrostic!
Posted by: Omar Karindu | January 15, 2016 9:21 AM
I'm sure fnord's just gonna love me for saying this, but shouldn't Photon and all the Photon suspects who appeared here and in Nova 12 be listed?
Posted by: mikrolik | January 15, 2016 4:38 PM
Grumpily added the characters and updated the acronym line. :-)
Posted by: fnord12 | January 16, 2016 1:01 PM
No, fnord! Don't give in to the pressure! An acronym is, in fact, formed from the first letters of a series of words, like SCUBA, NATO, or LASER. An acrostic is formed from the first (or last) letters of a series of sentences.
Posted by: Andrew | January 16, 2016 6:00 PM
An acrostic can be any recurring feature in a list or text; it need not involve full sentences. And an acronym is a name for the thing the component words make up; "Jason" here is not a name for the group of months. Because the "answer" does not relate to the meanings of the component words, this is more an acrostic than an anagram.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | January 16, 2016 7:57 PM
Ah. Now I get it. That's the "nym" part in "acronym".
Posted by: Andrew | January 17, 2016 9:23 AM
The Molten Man also appears in this issue; you can tell him by his footprints.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | January 17, 2016 11:55 AM
Added Molten Man. Thanks.
Posted by: fnord12 | January 18, 2016 1:54 PM
There ain't enough time on the calendar for this shit!
Posted by: George Lochinski | July 13, 2016 12:11 PM
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