Amazing Spider-Man #139-140
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #139, Amazing Spider-Man #140
That's the super-hero level of things, anyway. On a personal drama level, which is where this series has always thrived, things are still doing OK. Liz Allan helps Peter find an apartment. Then he goes to make amends at the Bugle, but that's when the Grizzly attacks.
He's after J. Jonah Jameson...
...who ruined his reputation when he was a professional wrestler. Robbie Robertson distracts the Grizzly and tells Peter to "get help" almost as if he knows Peter is Spider-Man. Spider-Man can't beat him, but manages to rescue JJ and gets a spider-tracer on the Grizzly's back. As Peter, he traces the Grizzly to an upscale house in Manhattan, and there he gets ambushed by the Jackal.
The Jackal puts a tracer on his arm...
...and then dumps him back at the Bugle, where Ned Leeds and Betty Brant find him. The Jackal says that the tracer is meant to lead the Jackal to Spider-Man, which is odd considering upcoming revelations. It is also set to explode if Peter tampers with it.
Flash helps Peter move in to his apartment, and they meet Glory Grant, a model living on the same floor as Peter.
Once he's alone in his new apartment, Peter gets to work removing the tracer, which after a stressful sequence, he succeeds in doing. He then hunts down the Grizzly and defeats him by tearing off the harness that the Jackal created for him.
I take it back, the Grizzly story isn't bad. In isolation, the Grizzly looks like a semi-ridiculous character, but his story - a kinda dumb wrestler whose reputation was ruined and who was subsequently manipulated by the Jackal - is pretty good. I still think the Spidey-Mobile was dumb, though!
Issue #139 is the first appearance of Peter's cranky landlady Miss Muggins, and issue #140 is the first appearance of Glory Grant.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Peter is back on good terms with the Daily Bugle as of these issues, and it's said that Mary Jane is out of the hospital.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Tales #116, Marvel Tales #117
Inbound References (3): showBetty Brant, Flash Thompson, Glory Grant, Grizzly, J. Jonah Jameson, Jackal, Joe 'Robbie' Robertson, Liz Allan, Mamie Muggins, Ned Leeds, Spider-Man
Having looked over his "final" appearance, I actually don't mind seeing villains (or heroes per se) like the Grizzly who can think they can get into this whole never-ending war, fail and then move on with their lives. It sort of is a good story element to show not everyone can make it. (sort of a bit like the Big Man was back in the 60s)
Posted by: Ataru320 | November 9, 2014 4:14 PM
Sure, perhaps not an Eisner Award winner, but Conway's ASM run is one of my all-time favorite runs in comics. And this tow-part story may be 2nd only to the Death of Gwen Stacy. As they say, to each his own.
Posted by: Jack | January 25, 2015 7:06 AM
the Grizzly gets a "Menace or Threat?" headline in the Bugle in #140. Which I think is long before its used on Spidey in ASM annual #5.
Posted by: kveto | November 11, 2015 4:14 PM
Think you intended ASM Annual #15? I just seem to recall the convo, Kveto.
Posted by: Cecil Disharoon | November 11, 2015 4:58 PM
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