Amazing Spider-Man #18
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #18
Review/plot: Spider-Man is still being branded a coward for fleeing from the Green Goblin. All the other heroes are disappointed in him. Doc Ock, Kraven, and the Vulture's reactions are also shown. Interestingly, while Octavius is still in jail, Kraven and the Vulture seem to be free again already (and so, of course, is the Sandman, but he's got to be a tough one to keep locked up). The Vulture's escape will be shown in Untold Tales of Spider-Man #20. Presumably Kraven was deported again.
Flash Thompson dresses up like Spider-Man to try and trick people into thinking that Spidey isn't a coward, but he gets beat up by a bunch of thugs.
Spider-Man even runs when he encounters the Sandman.
The Human Torch tries to contact Spider-Man to find out what the problem is.
The reason Spidey won't fight is because Aunt May is ill, and Peter can't afford to get hurt while she is sick. By the end of the issue she is better and he's ready to be Spider-Man again. He also tries to earn money by selling his webbing to a glue company but they can think of no use for a glue that dissolves after one hour (which is pretty short-sighted).
To top everything off, Peter happens to see Betty Brant out on a date with another boy. He's not named this issue, but it's the first appearance of Ned Leeds.
Since this issue deals with Peter's personal problems and is pretty offbeat, it's a good read. The behind-the-scenes story here is that Ditko was pushing for less super-hero scenes and more focused on Peter's non-super life, and with this issue Stan Lee relented, although he undermined it by promoting it in the lettercols as "A lot of readers are sure to hate it so if you want to know what all the criticism is about, be sure to buy a copy!". The conflict between creators was clearly coming to a head, although in the meantime it was producing some good stories.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Untold Tales of Spider-Man #20-22 take place during this issue.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Tales #156
Inbound References (1): showAunt May, Aunt Watson, Betty Brant, Captain America, Daredevil, Doctor Octopus, Dr. Bromwell, Flash Thompson, Green Goblin (Norman Osborn), Henry Pym, Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Iron Man, J. Jonah Jameson, Kraven the Hunter, Liz Allan, Mr. Fantastic, Ned Leeds, Sandman, Spider-Man, Thing, Thor, Vulture, Wasp 1964 / Box 2 / Silver Age
1964 / Box 2 / Silver Age
Nicholas Lewis was better known as the Crime-Master.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 1, 2011 12:34 AM
AKA Lucky Lewis. He only appears in flashback in UTOS #20, that's why he's not listed in Characters Appearing.
Posted by: fnord12 | August 1, 2011 9:25 AM
i'm starting to think Aunt May is just fucking with Peter.
Posted by: min | August 8, 2012 9:30 AM
Frank Brunner has a letter here.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | June 24, 2013 6:19 PM
This is one of my favorite Spider-Man issues and I think I like it more than that classic moment when he lifts the machinery off of him.
Posted by: david banes | April 12, 2014 11:59 PM
Flash dressed as Spider-Man twice. Peter was discovered to be impersonating Spider-Man as well. Then, a few issues from now, we'd see a costume shop selling more Spider-Man costumes. They may not be as popular as Frankenstein, but they were obviously selling.
I'm not claiming any direct link between these events, but it's clear that dressing like Spider-Man was becoming a thing.
Posted by: ChrisW | October 30, 2016 2:43 AM
Untold Tales of Spider-Man#20 and 21 fit into gaps in the story and #22 happens concurrent with the later half of the story.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | October 30, 2016 4:49 PM
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