Time Traveling Bunny:
Amazing Spider-Man #23
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #23
Review/plot: Green Goblin tries to take over Lucky Lobo's mob.
The Goblin arranges for Lucky to be arrested but faces a setback because the entire gang gets arrested along with their boss.
Fredrick "Big Man" Foswell is out of jail and JJ hires him back as a reporter.
Betty and Pete have a misunderstanding over a letter from Ned Leeds. Peter sees the letter but wonders why Betty won't tell him about it.
After all, he knows Ned too! But it turns out the Betty just forgot to tell him.
During his fight with the Lobo gang, Spidey has to call Aunt May to let her know she'll be late so that he doesn't get in trouble like he did last issue.
Spidey and Green Goblin have a big fight but it ends inconclusively.
It turns out the Goblin was too successful at framing the Lucky Lobo's gang, and the entire gang gets arrested, leaving him with no one to lead. It was Foswell who tipped the police, and Peter wonders if he was in cahoots with the Goblin.
Amazing Spider-Man is a better comic that the others being published at this time because so many subplots are cooking at one time. It makes the comic feel more substantial and also seems more realistic as Spidey has to juggle so many different things going on in his life.
Here is the scene Ronaldo mentions below:
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: Marvel Tales #161
Inbound References (2): show
Aunt May, Betty Brant, Big Man, Green Goblin, J. Jonah Jameson, Lucky Lobo, Spider-Man
Jim Shooter has a letter in this issue.
Jim Shooter has a letter here.
Hello fnord! Here is your friend from Brazil!
Thanks, Ronaldo! I've added the scan.
He also has a cameo appearance in #25. Peter thinks something like, "I wonder who that is talking to JJ? Must be someone important."
Thanks, TTB. Added him there too.
Just wanted to point out that the "osborn hairstyle" was pretty common for Ditko, for example the sandman,
In other words, not unique at all in the Ditko world.
I did check with the Marvel Index on these and Olshevsky does call out both the civilian appearance of Osborn in #23 and confirms it's him in #25 as well.
Besides, one of your two examples there is the Sandman, and we all know John Byrne revealed they were related. ;-)
I think there is enough context to assume that this is Norman. He appears here, in ASM 25 and in ASM 26 (or 27? I forget which one) as a friend and fellow club member to JJJ.
I'm happy enough to go along with it, but I suspect it might have originally been apocryphal.
"Now digest this: I knew from Day One, from the first GG story, who the GG would be. I absolutely knew because I planted him in J. Jonah Jameson's businessmans club, it was where JJJ and the GG could be seen together. I planted them together in other stories where the GG would not appear in costume, action."
"I wanted JJJ's and the GG's lives to mix for later story drama involving more than just the two characters"
"I planted the GG's son (same distinctive hair style) in the college issues for more dramatic involvement and storyline consequences"
"So how could there be any doubt, dispute, about who the GG had to turn out to be when unmasked?"
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