Characters Appearing: Doctor Octopus, J. Jonah Jameson, Joe 'Robbie' Robertson, Lance Bannon, Spider-Man
Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #124
Issue(s): Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #124
This story is a traditional battle with Doctor Octopus, and it's a bit corny in plot and script. Doc Ock steals a radioactive something with the intent of creating a nuclear reactor that he will use to upgrade his powers...
...and Spider-Man heads out to stop him.
The fight ends with Octavius knocked out. Spider-Man tries to disable the overheating reactor on his own, while Ock's arms move his unconscious body about.
Spider-Man is forced to wake Octavius up to disable the reactor. However, a cave-in seemingly crushes Doctor Octopus after the larger threat is over.
Both Roger McKenzie and Greg LaRocque have done better, but it's a decent enough fill-in and it would have been nice seeing Doc Ock in his classic outfit in 1987 after his recent appearances in a dentist's smock.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: A response in the lettercol for this issue acknowledges that this story and the one in #120 take place in the past. There's no other indication of that; usually a little footnote on the front page is used to let us know (although last issue's lettercol did say that this issue would be a "never before revealed" Doctor Octopus encounter). Spider-Man says that the last time he saw Doctor Octopus was Amazing Spider-Man annual #15. So the MCP cleverly place this after Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #72, which has Octavius escaping from prison (after Dazzler #17) but doesn't actually have Octavius and Spidey meeting. Doctor Octopus' seeming death at the end of this issue is very short-lived, since he'll appear again in Peter Parker #73. Some other considerations (all of which work fine with the MCP's placement): Joe Robertson is city editor, not EiC, of the Daily Bugle, Peter is supposed to be grading term papers, and the dime store Indian in his apartment is visible.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
I remember the ending to this story really confused me as a kid, since I thought they actually killed Doc Ock - but how could this be the death of Doctor Octopus, it's so anti-climactic and not even mentioned in any other title...
Posted by: S | February 25, 2014 10:18 PM
I think I like the Doctor's Smock more than the green suit, but best of all I like is the Steve Ditko turtleneck.
Posted by: David Banes | February 26, 2014 4:11 AM
This issue was first announced as a Dakota North crossover(I'm guessing her book got canned first).
Posted by: Mark Drummond | April 5, 2014 1:40 PM
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