Spectacular Spider-Man #173
Issue(s): Spectacular Spider-Man #173
This is mostly a downtime Christmas issue. That doesn't stop Dr. Octopus from showing up and straight up murdering some crack addict thugs that randomly attack his bathysphere.
But despite his murder spree, Doc Ock is really just looking to spend Christmas with his one time love, Aunt May. Sadly for him, May has picked up a different, equally implausible lover, Willie Lumpkin.
Spider-Man, meanwhile, is also fighting violent street thugs who are attacking a Sidewalk Santa. 1991 was apparently goddamn war zone in New York city. And these thugs are not impressed with Spidey's image.
But when Spidey webs them up, Nick Katzenberg snaps pictures of it, gloating that he'll use them to ruin Spidey's image.
I guess that Santa is some kind of cameo, but i don't recognize him.
Before going home to the party at Aunt May's place, Peter stops off at the Daily Bugle's office party. I've mentioned "arrows of shame" before, when the artist has to put in arrows to show which way you're supposed to read the panels. In a few cases in this issue, there are cases where the arrows are needed, but aren't used.
My instincts are always wrong with this sort of thing, so i always wind up reading the two panels on the left before moving to the right.
Peter actually gets pretty violent with Katzenberg at the party, slamming him through a table.
No one really seems to mind too much but Peter is upset with himself for losing control and he leaves. It's in that context that he comes home to find Doctor Octopus lurking around his aunt's house. They get into a fight...
...but break it up when Aunt May comes outside.
Peter is, of course, wrong. The guy that snapped the necks of a bunch of low level criminals that he could have easily subdued nonlethally is definitely a villain.
At the end of this issue we see Katzenberg snapping pictures of someone holding a rose. The significance of the scene isn't apparent yet, and it's actually Web of Spider-Man that will follow up on the return of Richard Fisk.
Statement of Ownership Total Paid Circulation: Average of Past 12 months = 215,441. Single issue closest to filing date = 217,100.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (3): showBetty Brant, Doctor Octopus, Gauntlet (Alfredo Morelli), Glory Grant, J. Jonah Jameson, Joe 'Robbie' Robertson, Joy Mercado, Kate Cushing, Kristy Watson, Lance Bannon, Mary Jane Watson, Nick Katzenberg, Rose (Sgt. Blume), Spider-Man, Willie Lumpkin
Maybe Santa was a miscommunication with the artist, because "don't get no respect" is Rodney Dangerfield's catchphrase. I associate "ain't it the truth" with e Cowardly Lion, but I don't think they were going for that.
Posted by: Andrew F | September 12, 2015 2:37 PM
Later on, we find out that the other person that was in the picture was Sgt. Blume, the second Rose, so he should be listed as a character appearing.
Posted by: Michael | September 12, 2015 3:12 PM
Peter letting Ock just walk away is a pretty reprehensible act. The next two issues of Spectacular will only reinforce that point.
Posted by: TCP | September 12, 2015 4:31 PM
Thanks Michael. That's going to be fun to keep track of (and FYI the MCP only lists Fisk).
Posted by: fnord12 | September 12, 2015 4:31 PM
Oh c'mon, TCP, you're clearly being to hard on Spidey! I mean, when has Peter letting a crook go instead of trying to stop him ever resulted in something bad happening?
Posted by: mikrolik | September 13, 2015 11:57 AM
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