Web of Spider-Man #63
Issue(s): Web of Spider-Man #63
Betty is in the cemetary visiting the graves of both her husband Ned Leeds and her brother Bennet Brant. She actually already seems pretty together, saying that she knows that Spider-Man wasn't actually responsible for their deaths even though she feels like they both would have lived if they hadn't become part of Spider-Man's world, and that her therapist is consoling her to accept life as it is, not as she would want it to be, and she seems to be taking that advice to heart. But wile she's there, she runs into Alan Fagan, the nephew of the original Mr. Fear.
Meanwhile, Mary Jane is helping Peter with a Spider-Man public service photo-shoot that Kate Cushing convinced him to do.
It's not quite clear what the PSA is supporting.
Nick Katzenberg gets pictures of Peter taking his Spider-Man mask off.
He's then surprised by Harry Osborn, on the roof to fix the tv antenna, but he gets away with his pictures.
Nick assumes that Peter has been faking photos of Spider-Man, not that he is Spider-Man for real.
While that's happening, Peter gets a call from a panicked Betty, who knows that Peter always knows how to contact Spider-Man, and tells Peter to send Spidey to an address in the Jersey Palisades.
When Spider-Man gets there he's attacked by Mr. Fear, who just has a basic revenge motivation since Spider-Man thwarted him in his previous appearance.
In addition to his fear pheromones, he's upgraded by also getting pheromones that make him irresistible to women, which is how he's able to manipulate Betty. Spider-Man is able to overcome Mr. Fear's powers pretty easily, but more importantly, so is Betty.
In the end, Betty shows a newfound self-reliance (literally).
It's kind of a generic use of Mr. Fear, but it's for a good purpose.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: This is one of many Spider-Man appearances that takes place during Spectacular Spider-Man #162. This one is noteworthy since Nick Katzenberg approaches Mary Jane about these photos in the latter half of that story.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showBetty Brant, Harry Osborn, Mary Jane Watson, Mr. Fear (Alan Fagan), Nick Katzenberg, Spider-Man
A lot of readers didn't like that Peter's Spider-Sense didn't go off when Katzenberg snapped pictures of Peter out of costume. The editors on the letters page responded that since Katzenberg didn't believe Peter was Spider-Man, Peter's Spider-Sense didn't go off. Many readers had problems with that. First, what if Peter wanted to do something clearly superhuman while Katzenberg was watching? Would the Spider-Sense have gone off then? Secondly, while the photographs might not be a direct danger to Peter's identity, if a third party saw the photos, they might conclude Peter was Spider-Man. Thirdly, the photographs could damage Peter's reputation as a photographer and therefore his ability to make a living.
Posted by: Michael | May 11, 2015 8:22 PM
Gerry would do weird bits with Pete's Spider Sense...oftimes in the furtherance of allowing some plot contrivance. Let's not forget the Tarantula being able to even go near him.
Posted by: Vin the Comics Guy | May 12, 2015 5:02 AM
For a writer whose Spider-Man run virtually began with killing off the most recognizable female supporting character at Marvel, I think Gerry C did a cool job in his return run, knocking away crutches relied on too long by other stories and making his female support characters interesting and strong.
Posted by: Cecil | May 12, 2015 9:49 AM
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