Giant-Size Spider-Man #3
Issue(s): Giant-Size Spider-Man #3
Spider-Man recognizes Doc Savage as "one of the original crime fighters".
Our villain is Desinna...
...a woman from another dimension which treats time like space and vice versa (please don't ask me to explain it any further than that). And she claims to want help with another being from her dimension called Tarros. The Pan-like Tarros (he's not smokey on the cover) fell out of her dimension into ours, landing in the 1930s where Desinna contacted Doc Savage and his group, who defeated him - with science! - and trapped him in a stone that became a cornerstone of a new building.
Desinna immediately stepped 40 years into our future when the building was scheduled to be demolished, so that Spider-Man could permanently deal with Tarros. But Spider-Man is suspicious, and he decides to let Tarros go.
You see, unlike Doc Savage, Spider-Man is a modern man, and that apparently means he's taken a comparative language that lets him understand extra-dimensional aliens, but more importantly he knows that you can't trust women.
Actually, that's a message that the 1930s heroes can actually get behind just fine.
One one page, the color printing machine seems to have consistently missed with its blue ink. This seems to have been a universal problem, not just in my copy.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Actually, Doc Savage ran into his fair share of smart, tricky females back in the pulp days--not to mention his cousin Pat, who was the farthest thing from a "demure little thing" as you could get. (My guess is that Spidey just didn't want to admit his spider sense tipped him off )
Posted by: Gary Himes | February 10, 2015 8:01 PM
Another MU book that has fallen into no-reprint limbo.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | February 10, 2015 9:30 PM
I'm so glad you finally got to this one, even though it's bad.
Have Savage's exploits been depicted or referenced, even cheekily or obliquely, in any 616 titles or handbooks since the mid-70s?
Posted by: cullen | February 10, 2015 11:50 PM
Beyond the villain of his Marvel Two-in-One appearance reappearing in a couple of further MTO stories and a Squadron Supreme GN, I don't think they are. Thomas Lightner himself get a new alias, appearance and set of powers in most of his appearances, so the continuity of his character is rather light IMO.
In any case, I am not aware of even oblique mentions to Doc or the Fab Five in any other Marvel story beyond this one here and MTO #21. Not even in Lightner's further appearances.
BTW, shouldn't they be listed as characters appearing here and in the MTO #21 entry?
Posted by: Luis Dantas | February 11, 2015 1:58 AM
Although the circumstances are a little unusual, the Doc Savage characters aren't listed because of my "don't list the locals in a time travel story" rule, since their appearances here would not be in the right place for them chronologically. If i were ever to expand my project to the 1930s, for example, these appearances would show up last for them, which wouldn't be correct.
Posted by: fnord12 | February 11, 2015 7:31 AM
I like the part at the end where Spidey "seems to catch a glimpse of five familiar figures out of the corner of his eye..."
Doc + the Five = six. So which one of them was an UNfamiliar figure?
Posted by: Dan H. | September 13, 2015 1:07 AM
Actually, this is also another instance of Ross Andru being afforded the opportunity to draw yet another incredibly hot 1970's woman, show some (intriguingly blue)skin and doll it up in bondage-lite decoupage and some equally oddball-sexy shoe action, It was enough to send a pre-adolescent into paroxysms of "I'm not getting laid" sexual fury.
Posted by: S. I. D. | July 7, 2017 12:10 AM
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