Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #99
Issue(s): Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #99
The Spot's name is revealed to be Jonathan Ohnn. That's not a "Spot on!" joke of some kind, is it? He's a goofy guy...
...but i still kind of like him. I think Herb Trimpe's very old school style contributed to the fact that he wasn't exactly well received. Of course his name and visual design were probably a factor as well.
After a final cryptic message ("Don't harness the Kingpin again!")...
...the Spot disappears, but Spidey and the Cat decide it's probably a good idea to cut their losses and head home instead of pressing on to the Kingpin.
The Black Cat's powers continue to get expanded. It used to be that bad luck would befall people that attacked her. You wouldn't think that would affect automated weapon systems, but apparently it does.
Also in this issue, Peter meets some new neighbors, Randi...
These three ladies will be minor supporting characters for a while, although they'll undergo some major design changes and Candi's name will be changed to Candy.
The Black Cat tries to give Spidey a homemade version of his Black Costume...
...but he's not ready to wear something that looks like the creature that tried to bond with him.
Meanwhile, the real costume is on the loose and takes over the body of a poor tourist.
Finally, Sha Shan contacts Peter and asks him to look into the mysterious actions of Flash, but he doesn't get around to doing so this issue. Flash sees Peter talking to Sha Shan and gets the wrong idea. He's also shown to be part of a mysterious "organization".
It's all a little on the silly side, but not bad.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (3): showBambi, Betty Brant, Black Cat, Candy, Flash Thompson, Joe 'Robbie' Robertson, Kingpin, Randi, Sha Shan, Spider-Man, Spot, Venom Symbiote
I think the script meant to say "Don't harass the Kingpin again".
Posted by: Mark Drummond | March 10, 2012 7:43 PM
Yeah, i was just attempting to snarkily mock the weird error (how does what looks like a spellcheck typo get into a hand-lettered comic in 1985?).
Posted by: fnord12 | March 11, 2012 12:23 AM
I always had a soft spot (haha) for the Spot. Probably because I was first introduced to him via the 90's Spider-Man cartoon, in which he was a more serious character, and his teleportation device was a major plotpoint for the later parts of the show.
Posted by: Berend | March 2, 2014 9:35 PM
I thought he had potential too, as a character used the way DC dealt with some of their lower-tier characters during the 1980s. He just disappeared for years though.
Posted by: ChrisKafka | March 2, 2014 10:42 PM
"All my friends call me Randi."
"I'll BET they do."
Aaaahh, Peter, you naughty devil! You're quite the filthy lil' animal, arencha? You've come a long way since your bashful, nebbish days as a puny bully-target from Midtown High...
Posted by: The Transparent Fo | August 27, 2015 1:11 AM
Johnny on the spot, is an old name for a person, on hand and ready to perform a service.
Posted by: Yogi deadhead | June 14, 2016 5:21 PM
@Transparent Fo: Randi (or Randy) actually is a name that people have in the US without a hint of irony. I've always wondered if Peter was "in" on that joke or just saying something random.
If I ever have a son, I'll just name him "Horny".
Posted by: kveto | June 14, 2016 5:31 PM
Yeah, "randy" in a sexual sense isn't a commonly used word in the U.S. However, we do roll our eyes every time one of Robin/Nightwing/Grayson's friends calls him "Dick".
Posted by: Andrew | June 19, 2016 8:23 PM
No love for Honey Hornee?
Posted by: ChrisW | June 20, 2016 12:52 AM
Why Randi, Candy and Bambi didn't get their own graphic novel, I'll never know.
Posted by: ChrisW | June 20, 2016 12:53 AM
Romita, Sr. or one of his Raiders redrew Spidey laughing at the Spot.
Posted by: Vin the Comics Guy | December 16, 2016 12:55 AM
A friend of mine who moved to the US had a boss called... Randy Dicks! Nobody knew why we were laughing.
I love this issue. DeFalco and Frenz are heavily influenced by Ditko over on ASM and this is Milgrom doing a different Ditko riff with some laugh out loud jokes. The puppy line is great. In his long absence following the next issue did people often ask "Where's Spot?"?
Posted by: Benway | July 6, 2017 7:51 PM
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