Amazing Spider-Man #74-75
Issue(s): Amazing Spider-Man #74, Amazing Spider-Man #75
On his end, Spidey is unsuccessful, in part due to the appearance of Harry Osborn's "fu manchu face fuzz", which causes laughing spasms in all who survey it.
Back at the mob headquarters, Connors panics and turns into the Lizard.
Meanwhile, Silvermane continues to de-age. Being younger somehow also makes him strong enough to whip some loyalty back into Man-Mountain Marko, and Caesar Cicero justifyably flips out due to all the insanity.
Spider-Man eventually shows up, having learned the mob headquarters location by beating up a couple of bookies. Spidey beats up on mob goons while Silverman de-ages to the point where he no longer exists, and the Lizard escapes.
Spidey frees Billy and Martha Connors.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Spider-Man ends this issue with Martha and Billy Connors, and he's still with them at the start of ASM #76, so no Spider-Man appearances should occur in between.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Tales #55, Marvel Tales #56
Inbound References (4): showBilly Connors, Ceasar Cicero, Gwen Stacy, Harry Osborn, Lizard, Louis Wilson, Man-Mountain Marko, Martha Connors, Randy Robertson, Silvermane, Spider-Man
This is probably my favorite Silver Age story. Last 3 pages of #74: brilliant. A cheap read in the Essential series (looks as good as I remember, despite the lack of color).
Not for children anymore? Not necessarily a bad thing for the field.
Posted by: haydn | January 9, 2012 11:11 PM
Can of odd that Fu Manchu comes up, as we will later find out that he actually inhabits this world.
Posted by: PB210 | April 30, 2013 6:40 PM
Haydn, maybe Spidey is crying but I always figured it was closer to facepalming or just holding his head in distress a moment. Crying? Well, maybe so I never thought of that.
Posted by: David Banes | November 24, 2013 4:27 AM
So...Harry has been "in hiding" for WEEKS, because he wanted to surprise his MALE roommate with his new mustache? Where you been hiding, Harry...IN THE CLOSET?? Gay, gay, gay, gay, gay. And also? GAY.
I guess there actually was Peter/Harry homoerotic tension before Maguire and J. Franco spent that death scene in the third movie eye-fucking each other. Who knew? I must have been young and innocent when I read the Marvel Tales version of this, way back when.
Posted by: Dan Spector | July 9, 2014 1:49 AM
There's about a million really bad Green Goblin jokes I'll avoid.
Posted by: Vin the Comics Guy | August 3, 2016 8:06 AM
Interesting that Silvermane was clearly meant as a one-shot villain, but he got revived and used again, eventually becoming the cyborg we're all now familiar with. As Lee/Romita villains go, he never achieved the prominence of Rhino, Shocker, or Kingpin, but he seems to have endured as well.
Posted by: mikrolik | September 6, 2016 3:25 PM
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