Amazing Spider-Man #32-33
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #32, Amazing Spider-Man #33
Review/plot: The Master Planner is revealed to be Dr. Octopus.
And he's stolen ISO-36 which is the one thing that Dr. Connors can use to save Aunt May from the radioactive blood she's previously received from Peter.
Peter fights his way through all Ock's goons in his secret base under the river and chases Otto away but gets trapped under "tons" of heavy machinery. Issue #32 ends on a cliffhanger with Spider-Man buried, and issue #33 opens with a tense five pages (which is quite a lot in the compressed Silver Age!) of Spidey struggling to free himself. It's the thought of Aunt May that keeps him going.
Exhausted as he is, poor Spidey still has to fights his way through more goons.
But he eventually makes it through the gauntlet and saves Aunt May.
Peter shows up at the Daily Bugle looking roughed up after his ordeal, and it's enough to make Betty realize that Peter is a dangerous boy, exactly what she isn't looking for after what happened to her brother.
That's just a little over the top! I did like this earlier shot of Betty from issue #32 where Spider-Man drops in at the Bugle looking for information on the Master Planner. The palpable disgust and fear that Betty shows towards Spider-Man is pretty cool.
This issue had a nice big reveal and ending to the Master Planner plot that's been running through the series since issue 30.
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: Marvel Tales #171, Marvel Tales #172
Dude, only a B? Come on! Really?
I agree with Jack on this on. I mean this probably the best storyline made in the lee/ditko era. I mean I'm not questioning your ability to determine the quality but I'm just sentimental about this plot.
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