Amazing Spider-Man #19
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #19
Review/plot: Aunt May is healthy again...
...so Spider-Man is back in action. Sandman has Teamed-Up with the Enforcers and they've captured the Human Torch (with an asbestos lasso!).
He's in an Adam West Batman-style tank trap that keeps him from flaming on. Spidey rescues him and they take on the bad guys.
This issue shows that if the Sandman exerts himself too much, he can't get sandy anymore, which is how he is defeated here. Of course once he's arrested and put in jail there's little that can stop him from escaping, so no big deal.
Meanwhile, Betty Brant, who has given up on Peter, is dating Ned Leeds. She introduces him to Peter this issue.
Meanwhile meanwhile, since Spidey is back in action, J. Jonah Jameson, who had been in a good mood while Spidey was MIA, is now back to his usual grumpy self.
Meanwhile meanwhile meanwhile, Peter is being kept under observation by a mysterious stranger. It'll turn out to be the Scorpion, prior to getting his powers, and working for JJ. JJ wants to know how Peter is always able to get pictures of Spider-Man.
It's fun seeing Spider-Man and the Human Torch (mostly) getting along.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Tales #157
Inbound References (4): showAunt May, Betty Brant, Fancy Dan, Human Torch, J. Jonah Jameson, Montana, Ned Leeds, Ox, Sandman, Scorpion, Spider-Man
I really like the Enforcers personally and wouldn't mind seeing them as a movie's starter villains.
Any chance we can get that heavenly panel of Jonah's smile blowing out?
Posted by: david banes | April 13, 2014 12:00 AM
Oh yes. That three-panel sequence of Jonah losing his grin is possibly the funniest sequence in all of Ditko Spidey.
Posted by: Thanos6 | September 2, 2014 3:21 AM
I've added that JJ panel.
Posted by: fnord12 | September 2, 2014 7:41 AM
Hey, a sequence from this issue was reprinted in Marvel Tales #159, which was published during Assistant Editors' Month. In the leters page, someone named Vincent Gonzalez wrote in asking for the reprints to not only update dated references, but also the fashions, fads, and slang. Bob DeNatle proceeded to present a taste of "the new Marvel Tales" with a sequence from ASM #19 (or MT #157, rather) with all the changes Vincent suggested. After that, a note from DeNatle appears, saying, "Hmmm. This was a blast, but I don't think I'd want to see it on a regular basis." He then goes on to explain the real new direction of the reprint series -- by leaving the anachronistic references alone. You can check it out here.
Posted by: NES Boy | May 21, 2015 5:51 AM
Sorry, I typed an "e" instead of an "a" in the hyperlink HTML code. Here we go.
Posted by: NES Boy | May 21, 2015 5:53 AM
Forgot a " this time. This should definitely work now.
Posted by: NES Boy | May 21, 2015 5:56 AM
I also love the bit where J. Jonah's face fell but then I always liked it when they messed with Jolly Jonah.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | October 30, 2016 8:08 PM
The idea that the Sandman can be worn down and unable to use his powers is first presented in Amazing Spider-Man #4, on page 10; he winds up in Midtown High because he's getting tired out from using his powers to elude the police.
Since he immediately gets into a protracted fight with Spider-Man, his might also explain why he can't break out of the vacuum cleaner at the end of that story.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | May 5, 2017 7:22 PM
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