Amazing Spider-Man #63-65
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #63, Amazing Spider-Man #64, Amazing Spider-Man #65
...in order to fight him and prove that he's the better Vulture. And he does. He is one strong old man. Drago is left collapsed on the floor, swearing that he'll never wear a Vulture suit again.
Meanwhile Spider-Man hurts his arm while webslinging in the rain. While usually his spider strength heals him pretty quickly (in fact that will be a plot point later in this arc), it takes a long time for his arm to heal.
Gwen is still mad at Peter over the whole "beating up her dad and putting pictures of him robbing the police archives" thing, but then Captain Stacy lets her know that Peter was just trying to help him while he was brainwashed by the Kingpin.
Also, Norman Osborn is not well. He's constantly having visions of the Green Goblin and Spider-Man.
As the two Vultures fight, JJ drags Peter up to the roof to take pictures. Peter sneaks off when he sees a child endangered by the fight but winds up the next target for the original Vulture after Blackie is bumped off, despite his wounded arm.
We then get an issue-long fight between Spider-Man and the Vulture...
...with color commentary from JJ.
Meanwhile, Mary Jane has gotten an awful perm, and dressing like a 19th century cowboy-town prostitute. Maybe she got an acting gig? Harry's got problems, though.
Spider-Man short-circuits the Vulture's flight harness, causing him to flee, and then Spidey passes out in front of a crowd of onlookers.
Captain Stacy prevents the crowd from unmasking Spider-Man, who is taken to prison and left in the infirmary. A group of prisoners try to escape but Spidey, after a demonstration of his quick healing abilities, stops them by pretending to join them and then picking them off one by one so they can't endanger the Captain.
During the prison break, Peter calls Aunt May from a prison office phone, but instead of setting her at ease he scares her half to death.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Tales #48 (ASM #63 & #64 are originals)
Inbound References (1): showAunt Watson, Captain Stacy, Foggy Nelson, Green Goblin (Norman Osborn), Gwen Stacy, Harry Osborn, J. Jonah Jameson, Jackal, Joe 'Robbie' Robertson, Mary Jane Watson, Spider-Man, Vulture, Vulture II
Don McGregor has a letter in #63.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | June 24, 2013 6:22 PM
Foggy Nelson had a cameo in issue #65.
Posted by: Time Traveling Bunny | September 14, 2013 11:40 AM
Thanks, TTB. Added him.
Posted by: fnord12 | September 14, 2013 6:13 PM
Now THIS is how you bring the original back! Comes back tougher than ever and kicks the imposter and puts him in his place.
Posted by: David Banes | November 24, 2013 4:19 AM
I agree, MJ's new hairstyle and attire were totally yuckers!!
Posted by: Mike | July 6, 2014 2:48 AM
I read recently that MJ's awful hairstyle and callous attitude were put in place by Stan after he got sick of MJ fan mail (Gwen being his preferred choice, after all).
Posted by: TCP | September 29, 2014 2:25 PM
Possibly due to Marvel's 1968 expansion and overworked staff, letters started appearing in the columns without responses beginning in the August issues. Responses started again in December, but not before a letter appeared in a Stan's Soapbox saying something like "Dear Stan, Here's an amazing coincidence. You aren't answering your letters, and I'm not buying your comics."
Posted by: Mark Drummond | January 10, 2015 12:43 AM
The (temporary)change to a "no-response" policy for letters was likely the result of Flo Steinberg's departure in 1968. She'd been handling much of the letter column work: reading and selecting letters for print, showing them to Stan and others, transcribing their responses, etc.
Posted by: Shar | January 11, 2015 6:14 PM
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