Characters Appearing: J. Jonah Jameson, Joe 'Robbie' Robertson, Josie (Bar owner), Spider-Man
Web of Spider-Man #26
Issue(s): Web of Spider-Man #26
But all of that is about 1987, and we are currently in 1984, so let's just take a quick look at this "untold tale of Spidey's past, in the Mighty Marvel Manner!".
Spider-Man catches two thugs breaking into a freight train at the train yard. One of them spins a story about how the other one was forcing him to do it, so Spider-Man lets him go.
During the capture, though, Spider-Man is exposed to some chemical waste, and he begins developing symptoms, beginning with a headache. He also learns that the two guys he stopped had earlier stolen money from a famine relief project.
Trying to find the one he let get away, Spider-Man heads to Daredevil's favorite source of information, Josie's Bar & Grill.
The guys at the bar don't actually know anything (why would they?!), and Spider-Man almost gets beaten up when the effects of the chemicals get worse. Luckily for him, Josie had already called the police, and they arrive before Spider-Man gets hurt.
Meanwhile, the thief that Spider-Man did bring to the police gets released due to the fact that there was no evidence to hold him (which probably happens more often than we realize), and he returns to harass and try to kill his brother.
The chemicals are causing Spider-Man pain and affecting his spider-sense, but he responds to an ad in the Bugle from the thief that he let go, and arrives to help him against his brother. Since his powers are wonky, Spider-Man creates a web-dummy to help take out the thug.
Spider-Man forces both brothers to cooperate this time (presumably confess and return the money they stole).
"Several days later" whatever effects the chemicals were having on Spider-Man have simply worn off...
...and the issue ends with a J. Jonah Jameson video editorial decrying plans to build a nuclear missile base in Staten Island because of the potential for atomic radiation that created the Hulk and other super-heroes like Spider-Man.
Not much of a story here, and an ending that barely feels related.
This issue does have a nice Charles Vess cover but of course it has nothing to do with the story (not even the right costume, since this was published at a time when Spider-Man's red and blue costume was destroyed).
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: See the Considerations for Amazing Spider-Man #249-251. Per the MCP (and presumably the second set of official Indexes), this story takes place during Amazing Spider-Man #251. I'm just following their lead on this. Spider-Man's costume and the appearance of his apartment (Dime-Store Indian and a couch pattern that Mary Jane would never have picked out) prevent it from being placed in 1987. Joe Robertson is Editor in Chief, which means this is pretty much the earliest the story could be placed (Robbie became EiC in ASM #250), but as far as i can see it could have potentially been placed a little later (say circa Amazing Spider-Man annual #18).
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
This does not seem like a good placement for this issue to me. The headaches and lack of spider-sense are from the chemicals he inhaled in this issue - not the Secret Wars lead-up or the Hobogoblin - and he's all cured at the end.
Posted by: Jake | May 11, 2018 4:06 PM
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