Characters Appearing: Blowtorch, Spider-Man
Marvel Comics Presents #67 (Spider-Man)
Issue(s): Marvel Comics Presents #67 (Spider-Man story only)
Also in the building is a guy named Blowtorch.
With some help from the firefighter, Spider-Man stops Blowtorch, who was hired to burn down the building for the insurance money.
The whole story is told in flashback, with the firefighter in a diner complaining that the Daily Bugle blamed the fire on Spider-Man.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: As Kveto notes in the Comments, if the Daily Bugle is publishing negative articles about Spider-Man, it probably takes while J. Jonah Jameson, not Puma, is in charge.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
just shows the laziness exhibited in creating new villains for these short pointless MCP stories. I can think of at least 4 villains that could be here instead of a new fire guy. (Flame, Firefly, Blowtorch Brand and Blockbuster if you're keeping score)
Posted by: kveto | August 6, 2015 4:15 PM
Which would be better, creating a new villain or mangling an existing villain to fit what would have been the new villain? You gotta admit the latter is even lazier.
Posted by: Morgan Wick | August 6, 2015 6:38 PM
It's not like any of those villains I mentioned had much of any history. So MANGLING them would be a gross overstatement.
But using one of them would at least avoid creating a redundant character. Why create a new fire villain when you already have several?
Oh, because that would involve research. Lazy people don't like research.
Ego, making new villain is much lazier.
Posted by: kveto | August 7, 2015 4:28 PM
Is this the best placement for this story? At this time, Puma owns the Bugle and the story is based on the Bugle badmouthing Spidey about the fire. That wouldn't fit in with Puma's pro-spidey campaign.
Posted by: kveto | August 8, 2015 2:48 AM
That's a good point, Kveto. I've pushed it after Spectacular Spider-Man #171-172 when JJ regains the Bugle.
Posted by: fnord12 | August 8, 2015 11:27 AM
To back up kveto's point, there was also a GI Joe character named Blowtorch, so it seems even stranger to create a character with that name when they already had one.
Maybe Marvel didn't want to mess with the chance to have Len Wein write a Spider-Man story again.
Posted by: Erik Beck | November 14, 2015 9:15 AM
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