Amazing Spider-Man #184-185
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #184, Amazing Spider-Man #185
She's been having trouble in her marriage with Ned Leeds, and she's looking for a fling with Peter. Despite having just been jilted by Mary Jane (and, as he notes to himself later, Betty is the first girl he ever loved), Peter gently resists her misplaced charms.
Later, Peter tries to make friends with another loser kid like him at school named Philip Chang...
...and gets wrapped up in a fight with a China town gang led by the White Dragon.
Chang and the White Dragon appeared in a Marvel Team-Up issue i bought when i first started collecting comics, so they have a special appeal to me, but these issues aren't very good.
Peter also almost graduates college in issue #185 but finds out that he is a credit short due to missing a gym class.
Beginning with issue #184, the covers of Amazing Spider-Man have a "Marvel's TV Sensation!" blurb, due to the live-action Amazing Spider-Man TV series.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Continues directly from the end of Amazing Spider-Man #183, but we're quarantining those issues. The graduation story in ASM #185 is a separate back-up story that according to the Marvel Index takes place after Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #21-23 and Marvel Team-Up #72.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
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my first comics. my father bought them for me when i was 4 years old with chicken pox.
Posted by: Kveto from Prague | May 13, 2011 11:28 PM
The title to #185 refers to a line from a Rudyard Kipling poem "Tyger, tyger, burning bright".
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 28, 2011 7:28 PM
The betty brant subplot ruins the her character
Posted by: doomsday | July 5, 2013 3:12 PM
The poem is by William Blake, not Kipling.
Posted by: Anonymous | July 5, 2013 3:47 PM
Also, obviously, Watchmen #5
Posted by: George Lochinski | July 30, 2016 2:25 AM
And "Tyger tiger" was Red John's catchphrase in the Mentalist.
Posted by: Michael | July 30, 2016 9:22 AM
Er...who the hell takes "Gym" in college?
Posted by: Jon Dubya | January 18, 2017 4:25 PM
I had to take 2 class of physical education electives when I went to college. I took bowling and badminton. What's weird to be is that he didn't find out until after the ceremony.
Posted by: Erik Robbins | January 19, 2017 1:47 AM
I once was considering transferring and I was told that I would have to a gym class.
Posted by: Michael | January 19, 2017 8:20 AM
Seriously, for Peter not to know that he was missing a gym credit--or ANY sort of credit for that matter--is so pantscrappingly dumb that I have to wonder what sort of college Marv Wolfman went to.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | January 19, 2017 10:49 AM
I've found no reference indicating that Marv Wolfman ever went to college. His Wikipedia page says he went to a "High School of Art and Design, in Manhattan" but his academic credits seem to end there. Also according to his Wikipedia biography, he was publishing (self-publishing?) a horror fanzine called "Stories of Suspense" by age 19, and started writing for DC comics at the age of 22.
I'm not sure but that might not be all that unusual for comic book creators. For instance Howard Chaykin never finished college either.
Posted by: Holt | March 20, 2018 6:01 PM
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