Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #41
Issue(s): Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #41
You have to love this guy's dedication to his helium balloon...
...which maybe seemed cool in 1966 but is now just hilarious. I like to imagine him very slowly floating away.
"Can't risk a shot... the crowd might panic."
These particular cops will blame anything on the crowd, though.
"Dude, can i bum a smoke?"
Stepping back a second, here's Spider-Man and Giant-Man's first meeting.
That Ray... Jay... thing is apparently from a stand-up comedian's routine that was later used in a beer commercial. I have a friend who used to say that all the time and i never knew what the hell he was talking about.
Anyway, the Black Giant-Man thing is pretty funny. Not sure if it indicates Tom DeFalco's disapproval of the name change.
Some additional focus on Foster: even though above he says he's no engineer, he does mention that he has a few science degrees.
I wonder if the "slang" is something he uses as a cover for his secret ID. We're also reminded that he is still slowly dying of radiation poisoning (yeah, how's that balanced view of nuclear energy now?!).
When Spider-Man catches up with the Looter, we get this intentionally funny little sequence showing that the Looter's grasp on science isn't all that firm...
...and then he eventually starts growing out of control...
I'll eat a helium filled balloon if this issue wasn't originally intended for Marvel Team-Up.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP places this between Amazing Spider-Man #202-203.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showBill Foster, Looter, Spider-Man
The "Ray...Jay" thing. God in heaven, am I really that old? LOL I remember as a kid may dad would laugh his ass off at those commercials. I never knew why because even back then I thought they were kinda lame.
Posted by: Haywerth Clarke | October 26, 2013 10:25 AM
Even back in Looter/Meteor Man's first appearance, it was made abundantly clear that Fester had no idea what he was doing. I seem to recall some dialogue along the lines of "So what if I failed science in school! I have as much chance to discover the secret of the universe as anyone!"
Posted by: Thanos6 | May 3, 2015 11:52 PM
Fester definitely does seem to have Delusions of Eloquence, as TV Tropes puts it, as well. That might just be DeFalco's writing, though.
Posted by: MegaSpiderMan | May 31, 2015 4:57 PM
Mooney drew himself into the story as a college professor.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | June 30, 2015 2:54 PM
The Simpsons got a lot of mileage out of the "Ray...Jay" thing in the Krusty Komeback special episode, which is where I first encountered it
Posted by: George Lochinski | August 15, 2016 4:36 PM
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