Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #92
Issue(s): Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #92
The Black Cat shows up at Peter's apartment in a panic because she's being followed. Peter freaks out because she once again nearly blew his secret ID (and with this new costume we're getting a lot more shots of Peter Parker in his underwear than i'm comfortable with)...
...but he gets her away from the apartment and ready for a fight.
The Answer attacks.
He speaks as if he designed his powers specifically to counter Spider-Man's - super-speed, strength, and i guess a teflon coating that allows him to shrug off Spidey's webbing. The implication is that he was able to develop his powers by choice.
He also has an understanding of the Black Cat's powers and avoids directing any attacks at her so that her bad luck powers won't trigger. He defeats Spidey and the Cat, but then leaves, having learned what he wanted to learn.
The Answer is working (on a contract basis) for the Kingpin.
We find out in this issue that Peter Parker is personally responsible for our credit crisis.
The art is stiff, as is the scripting, but the mystery of the Answer is interesting enough, and i like the costume design.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showAnswer, Black Cat, Flash Thompson, J. Jonah Jameson, Joe 'Robbie' Robertson, Kingpin, Mamie Muggins, Sha Shan, Spider-Man, Venom Symbiote
The Answer's design is very Kirbyesque.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | October 9, 2011 12:56 AM
The Answer is probably my least-favorite Spider-Man villain ever. He's like the kid you'd play superheroes with who'd invent powers whenever he needed them.
Posted by: TCP | November 4, 2014 4:41 PM
Kinda like Superman?
Posted by: kveto from prague | November 4, 2014 4:59 PM
I'm not a big fan of Supes, but I do remember reading that John Byrne did a lot to "de-power" him during the 80s reboot. Not sure if that stuff stuck, though.
Posted by: TCP | November 4, 2014 5:03 PM
Yes he did, and no it didn't.
Posted by: cullen | November 4, 2014 5:42 PM
With regards to the underwear, it was vitally important at this time to show that Peter was wearing underpants, as his new costume shapes itself to fit his body.
It's a good thing that the Answer didn't decide to be the Human Torch's enemy or his clothes would be made out of asbestos. Then again, there is something pleasingly 60s about the Answer.
Posted by: Benway | November 2, 2016 11:16 PM
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