Amazing Spider-Man #130-131
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #130, Amazing Spider-Man #131
Meanwhile, (and i can't believe i'm writing this) Spider-Man and the Human Torch take the newly finished Spidermobile out for a test drive.
It's played for laughs, but still. Peter doesn't have a driver's license so his first drive isn't a very safe one.
MJ is still trying to get with Peter but he's still not over Gwen.
Peter learns that Aunt May is due to inherit an island off the coast of Canada that contains uranium deposits. That's why Doctor Octopus has been letting her live with him, and now he's going to... marry her.
Yep. Luckily Hammerhead breaks up the wedding...
...and after a three way fight between his gang, Doc Ock's gang, and Spidey, the island explodes, but Spidey rescues Aunt May.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Spider-Man vs. Dr. Octopus TPB
Inbound References (8): show
The fact that everyone on the island was apparently blown up at the end brought on some letters accusing Gerry Conway of killing way too many people lately.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 17, 2011 11:51 AM
I remember seeing the cover for the wedding years ago and figured it was a dream. The story was a little better than I expected, I mean inhertence of an island aside. I think it was one of the few Spidey titles to appear at Super Dickery.
Posted by: David Banes | November 26, 2013 3:49 PM
LOL, look at May flashing a long, shapely leg in that last panel. You go girl!
Posted by: Shar | November 26, 2013 7:18 PM
Ross Andru's Doc Ock reminds me of a red-haired Andy Warhol, and his mechanical arms look too short and stubby and stiff. A far cry from Romita's Ock, whose mecha-arms were long and moving around furiously. Even Ditko's was better, as his Ock looked much more sinister than Andru's.
Posted by: Mike | July 6, 2014 2:15 AM
The future Spider-mobile needs an industrial upgrade to take this Beach Boy buggy into war grade battle vehicle with tricked out Spidey tech
Posted by: rocknrollguitarplayer | April 30, 2016 1:13 AM
Hammerhead can be an interesting villain, but Conway (and Wein in the next arc 157-159) seemed to job both Spidey and Doc Ock to make him a credible threat.
Hammerhead shouldn't really be able to take Spider-Man in a fight; at least in regards to fisticuffs. If Spidey can avoid his headbutts, Hammerhead is pretty normal. Also, Spidey always seems to forget he has webbing whenever he fights HH.
Hammerhead really shouldn't be able to take Doctor Octopus in a fight. Four metal super strong arms, and unlike Spidey, Doc Ock is perfectly willing to kill.
Posted by: mikrolik | October 6, 2016 7:32 PM
There's a scene at the end of #131 which works really well for the later retcon that Mary Jane has known Peter is Spider-Man from the beginning. Betty Brant asks her if she loves Peter, and MJ response is that she "doesn't want to" because that would be getting into something "too heavy."
At the time, it was probably about showing that MJ doesn't want to be tied down or give up her party-girl persona. But in retrospect, it makes perfect sense as a reaction given recent events in both Peter's life and Spider-Man's..
Posted by: Omar Karindu | January 13, 2017 5:23 PM
Or.....you could just ignore the silly retcon that MJ has always known.
Posted by: kveto | January 14, 2017 4:34 AM
It's not a particularly silly retcon; Conway actually spent quite a bit of time and energy showing exactly how it worked in Parallel Lives.
But silliness is in the eye of the beholder; continuity is something else again.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | January 14, 2017 8:34 AM
I prefer the idea that, after years, MJ figured out Pete's dual identity, as any one of his close friends with half a brain should have done.
Posted by: kveto | January 14, 2017 9:38 AM
The Spider-Mobile needs to have the ability to fly, go under water and needs an electromagnetic invisibility cloak. In addition, the Spider-Mobile must now have an ability to traverse timelines as the Philadelphia experiment findings have allowed Peter Parker to upgrade his vehicle.
Posted by: RocknRollguitarplayer | January 14, 2017 11:07 AM
Supposedly Stan Lee was approached by a toy company (Comics Cube says Mego, who would later strike a deal with Marvel on the Micronauts; you can see the car that was eventually produced here.) about giving Spider-Man a car. According to an interview with Gerry Conway: "I'm like, 'You do realize that Spider-Man swings on a web between buildings and the car would really slow him down doing that?' and he [Stan] said, 'I don't care what you do with it, just do it.' So we played it for laughs and we sank it..."
If only Jim Shooter had had the same sense of humor about Secret Wars: "We are faced with our most deadly, cosmos-shaking foes! ...also, the Lizard..."
Posted by: Andrew | October 16, 2017 8:18 AM
Te dislike of retcons is silly in itself. Retcons serve a purpose - the bring a certain tightness to continuity. We should remember - this is all fantasy. Some would say, my wife, this is ALL silly. As a long-time reader (since #133), I enjoy the revisions, retcons, etc. One thing I don't like - One More Day. It's a deus ex machina of the highest order.
Posted by: Jack | February 24, 2018 7:49 AM
Revised post (sorry): The dislike of retcons is silly in itself. Retcons serve a purpose - they bring a certain tightness to continuity. We should remember - this is all fantasy. Some would say, my wife, this is ALL silly. As a long-time reader (since #133), I enjoy the revisions, retcons, etc. One thing I don't like - One More Day. It's a deus ex machina of the highest order.
Posted by: Jack | February 24, 2018 7:50 AM
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