Amazing Spider-Man #24
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #24
Review/plot: Mysterio messes with Spider-Man's head, pretending to be a psychiatrist (it's worth noting that Mysterio's first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #13 also drove Spidey to a psychiatrist, albeit a real one).
A great use of Mysterio's powers and a very different sort of super-hero story, especially for 1965. Peter's romantic subplots continue to boil as well.
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Tales #162
Inbound References (1): showAunt May, Betty Brant, Big Man (Frederick Foswell), Flash Thompson, J. Jonah Jameson, Liz Allan, Mysterio, Spider-Man
One of the interesting things Ditko did with Mysterio is not simply keep him in his fishbowl head costume, but use him in his entirety as a special effects artist. If only more writers were as creative with this villain.
Posted by: Chris | August 14, 2012 11:01 PM
I'm kind of torn with Chris' comment. One hand: I feel Mystrio is missing something without his fishbowl/ghost face/shattered mirror look. Other hand: yes this is really effective and creative.
So style vs. substance I guess.
Posted by: david banes | April 14, 2014 11:40 PM
Don McGregor has a letter in this issue.
Posted by: Aaron Malchow | September 13, 2015 6:34 PM
When he's doing his Scooby Doo "if not for those darn kids" speech, Mysterio says he's wanted revenge on Spider-Man for years, yet he only appeared 11 months prior in real time and presumably far shorter Marvel time.
Posted by: Robert | February 15, 2016 9:57 AM
@Robert - I think Marvel time was moving a lot quicker in this early period; Peter went from a high school sophomore to a senior in only about two and a half years real time. Mysterio was also retconned into ASM #2 by Roger Stern decades later.
Posted by: TCP | February 15, 2016 10:19 AM
I always liked this issue because it was such a different sort of plot and I loved Ditko's cover. The name Mysterio used Ludwig Rinehart stuck in my memory.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | October 31, 2016 10:18 PM
The reference to Mysterio wanting revenge for years can be partly explained by Stern's retcon that Mysterio was one of the Tinkerer's aliens in ASM #2. Still fast-moving for Marvel Time & you might have to allow for some exaggeration by Mysterio, but Peter's about to graduate so it probably has been over a year Marvel Time.
Posted by: Jonathan, son of Kevin | May 4, 2018 12:28 PM
Comments are now closed.
|SuperMegaMonkey home | Comics Chronology home|