Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #47-48
Issue(s): Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #47, Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #48
He's not really interested in Debra anyway, but he doesn't realize that she's very interested in him.
Peter uses his press credentials to check out the latest crime scene. It's at a posh Soho apartment, and based on the description of the intruder, Peter thinks it sounds more like the Prowler than Spider-Man. He drops in on Hobie Brown, who says he's given up being the Prowler, but discovers that his costume and equipment are missing.
It turns out the new Prowler...
...is actually the old burglar called the Cat. He's been hired by Belladonna. He's in a panic now that he knows they're blaming Spider-Man for the crimes because he doesn't want to face Spidey again, but Belladonna forces him to stay in the game.
After stopping to visit Aunt May, where we see the first appearance of Aunt May's soon-to-be fiancee Nate Lubenski...
...and dropping by the TA's office to hurt Deb's feelings some more, Spidey hunts down the Prowler.
But during the chase, they both get caught in one of Belladonna's death-traps.
Spidey eventually escapes...
...but the new Prowler is left unconscious for the police. Spider-Man explains that it's really the Prowler that's been committing the break-ins, but Spider-Man refuses to head down to the station with Detective Lou Snider to give a statement.
We're led to believe that the owner of the posh Soho apartment is Belladonna...
...but it's really her sister and partner in the fashion industry.
Spider-Man catches Belladonna when she goes after Roderick Kingsley again, also preventing the Cat/Prowler from killing her.
That's the last we'll see of her.
We see that Kingsley really is ruthless, killing (what he doesn't know to be) a fake Spider-Man.
Belladonna has a 1940s pulp villain sort of look and MO, and Marie Severin has an old fashioned style that creates just the right mood. Pretty good stuff.
There's an odd sequence where Peter accidentally destroys a stuffed "bear" (clearly actually a stuffed dog). The "bear" was first seen in Amazing Spider-Man #163 and the guy picking him up is Len Wein, who wrote that issue and apparently had a thing for teddy bears, if She-Hulk #7 is to be believed (also see Comments).
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Peter is still working for the Globe. The MCP places this before Amazing Spider-Man #209.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (3): showAunt May, Belladonna, Cat, Debra Whitman, Hobgoblin (Roderick Kingsley), J. Jonah Jameson, Lou Snider, Melba Tolliver, Nate Lubenski, Prowler, Spider-Man
great issues. roger managed to make belladonna an interesting character, in a little used field (fashion), and make her a threat to spidey. plus write an intellegent story.
now why doesnt Stern get more credit? he was THE bronze age writer for me.
Posted by: kveto from prague | October 8, 2011 9:12 AM
That's not Elliot S! Maggin, is it?
Posted by: Thanos6 | October 9, 2012 4:11 PM
Whoever that guy is at the end, he has a Superman belt buckle.
This plot almost a hint for Stern's Hobgoblin solution: Spidey thinks he knows the villain's identity, but it turns out to be her (never-before mentioned) sister.
Posted by: S | January 17, 2013 12:36 PM
My first comic book, good old days
The bear-dog appeared in Amazing Spiderman 169
Posted by: bob | January 28, 2013 11:49 AM
Thanks Bob. Still wish i knew why they called it a bear!
Posted by: fnord12 | January 28, 2013 12:12 PM
Funnily enough, the bear-dog is being discussed right now at Comics Should Be Good (link in my name), where somebody says that's supposed to be Len Wein picking it up out of the trash
Posted by: S | January 30, 2013 1:48 AM
Thanks for the link, S. Len Wein makes sense since he's the one who "gave" Peter the bear-dog.
Posted by: fnord12 | January 30, 2013 10:01 AM
This is included in the Origin of Hobgoblin trade as part of the long and convoluted backstory to Kingsley eventually becoming the Hobgoblin.
Posted by: Erik Beck | April 22, 2015 1:16 PM
Len Wein (according to John Byrne) is a collector of teddy bears.
The association is certainly there. As pointed out in the thread linked above, he (or his Earth-Prime version) was seen talking to a teddy bear in New Teen Titans #20.
Posted by: Luis Dantas | April 3, 2016 5:27 PM
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