The Small Lebowski:
Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man annual #1
Issue(s): Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man annual #1
During Spider-Man's last fight in the Amazing annual, Spidey ripped off one of Doc Ock's tentacles. There's an extended scene here where Peter Parker tries to locate Octavius by analyzing the arm in ESU's lab, but it's a pointless waste of space because in the end Doc Ock summons the arm back to him and Spidey just follows it.
Mantlo adds a new weapon to Doctor Octopus' arsenal - the ability to generate an "ink-like gas" from his tentacles.
The cool thing about Doc Ock is that while he's nominally an octopus-themed villain, he doesn't usually play up the octopus angle. He's really just a mad super-scientist who happens to have mechanical arms. So it's probably for the best that this ink projection idea didn't go anywhere.
Along the same lines, Doctor Octopus has developed an "Octophere" sub-marine, but you know, that's pretty awesome and i'm not going to begrudge him that.
Spidey defeats Ock by focusing his attacks on the injured tentacle, which is very effective, to the point where Octavius devolves into some Gollum-like dialogue.
After Byrne's art in the previous annual, Rich Buckler is a bit of a disappointment here...
...and Mantlo's plotting is not as good as Wolfman's, which at least included the twist with the ghost.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Continues directly from Amazing Spider-Man annual #13. Doctor Octopus next appears in Daredevil #165 which refers to the events of these annuals. This must also take place after Spectacular Spider-Man #37 since that issue is referenced here.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
A few panels during Spidey's first fight with Ock early in the issue are swipes from Ditko's work on ASM #3; methinks Buckler was being told to draw it a certain way again.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | April 3, 2017 5:52 PM
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