Amazing Spider-Man #233
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #233
Norton has information regarding Roxxon's illegal activities. Roxxon hires the Tarantula to kill Norton before anyone gets to him.
Since Peter is interested in the $1500, he makes a special effort to find Norton...
...and his search brings him (and Ben Urich) into conflict with the Tarantula.
Spider-Man says "I can't deny it, Tarantula. You made me look like a jerk a couple of times. The only thing I can figure is that you must have caught me on a couple of off days. A second-rater like you shouldn't have been able to lay a finger on me!". It's funny because it's true.
But while Spider-Man is fighting Tarantula...
...a pair of private eyes hired by the Brand Corporation shoot Nose Norton. They claim it was in self defense, but the scene is designed to make them seem shady, setting up the upcoming Brand plotline.
Do i have to say it? Roger Stern + John Romita Jr. = great!
Quality Rating: B+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Issue #234 begins soon after this issue ends.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (3): showBen Urich, J. Jonah Jameson, Joe 'Robbie' Robertson, Marla Madison Jameson, Ned Leeds, Nose Norton, Spider-Man, Tarantula
The tarantula was my favorite Spider-Man villain as a od. This issue is one of the reasons why. That dialogue suggests that Stern was trying to take him down a peg though. I wonder if Stern really had disdain for the character and wanted him marginalized?
Posted by: Jay Patrick | March 31, 2013 6:05 PM
Stern didn't dislike the character as much as the idea that someone without powers could go toe to toe with Spider-Man.
Posted by: Michael | March 31, 2013 6:15 PM
It's a shame but today that kind of reward money could pay for one college class...and maybe the books too.
Posted by: David Banes | December 6, 2013 4:43 PM
Fnord, just read this issue again, and it's clear that issue 234 takes place right after this one as this tarrantula story is noted as being crowded off the page the following day by the report of Will-o-the-wisp blowing up a plant (start of issue 234).
I really don't think Spidey could fit in the adventure with Professor Power in MTU 124 between these issues.
Posted by: kveto from prague | December 15, 2013 12:37 PM
Thanks, Kveto. I agree with you and i've shuffled the books.
Posted by: fnord12 | December 15, 2013 1:17 PM
Stern/Spidey literally burying the Tarantula in garbage is one of my favorite moments in this run of ASM. I do have to wonder what Gerry Conway thought of this. Once he was back on the Spider-books, one of Conway's first moves was to make a new Tarantula, who he then gave a hideout in a garbage barge just like the one above. Hmmm...
Posted by: TCP | October 14, 2014 4:14 PM
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