Characters Appearing: Black Cat, Harry Osborn, Liz Allan, Mary Jane Watson, Normie Osborn, Spider-Man, Steel Spider
Amazing Spider-Man #263
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #263
...where a kid named Ollie Osnick attempts to become Spider-Man's sidekick. Ollie had appeared previously as Doctor Octopus in a super-villain fan club, and he's got a working set of Dock Ock arms.
Spider-Man is able to successfully discourage him...
...but he also helps him out in front of the kids at school.
Also in this issue, Peter Parker leaves his costume soaking too long, and he's forced to use the black costume that the Black Cat gave him recently.
And little Normie Osborn is born.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: This takes place soon after Spider-Man and the Black Cat's aborted raid on the Kingpin's building in Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #99. Spidey and the Cat are shown swinging home from that raid.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Tales #276
The Marvel UK reprint of this was the most wildly altered and edited reprint they ever did. For reasons I can only explain as insanity they put it out immediately after the introduction of the alien costume, so they inserted an explanation of what happened to that and also removed all reference to Liz having a baby while still using most of the art! Apparently Liz is ill here though how is not specified. There were other seemingly random changes to dialogue too. A year later they changed their minds and ran the end of the black costume storyline and the Hobgoblin story where Liz is pregnant. It ended with Liz being rushed to hospital and everyone worried that she and the baby might not make it... and she was never seen again until the comic was cancelled!
Posted by: Benway | July 6, 2017 8:20 PM
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