Untold Tales of Spider-Man #12
Issue(s): Untold Tales of Spider-Man #12
We knew she had a brother Bennett who got mixed up with a crime gang boss. Now we see why: Betty had a boyfriend named Gordon who was a nice guy but he got Bennett mixed up in gambling...
...and Gordon abandoned him when the chips were down.
When Bennett couldn't pay his debts some thugs were sent to the Brant household and Betty's mother got put into a coma. Betty had to quit school to take her mom's job at the Bugle to make ends meet, pay for her mom's care, and help Bennett pay his debts. At the end of the issue, Gordon shows up looking menacing.
Meanwhile, a creature called the Scarlet Beetle...
...who is literally a beetle that previously fought Ant-Man and is now full of Pym particles, is on an inadvertent rampage (yet another Henry Pym failure)...
...and Spider-Man helps him turn back into a regular Beetle with the help of one of Bluebird's otherwise useless ether bombs.
Spidey tries to get Bluebird to quit being a super hero, but she doesn't listen...
...even when Jason, who has been taking pictures of her since Peter wouldn't, almost gets killed.
There's also a little bit in the beginning where the Vulture is stealing diamonds and Spidey has to make a choice between rescuing a falling man or chasing the Vulture, and the Vulture gets away.
There's no follow-up; it's just an inconclusive random encounter - which i like.
Quality Rating: B+
Chronological Placement Considerations: According to the chronology chart in UTOS #14, this issue takes place between ASM #12 & #13.
Continuity Insert? Y
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showAunt May, Betty Brant, Gordon, J. Jonah Jameson, Jason Ionello, Sally Avril, Scarlet Beetle, Spider-Man 1964 / Box 2 / Silver Age
1964 / Box 2 / Silver Age
This is kinda the purpose this series should have served. Filling in forgotten plot holes. Spidey having encounters with lesser known Silver age villains and inconclusive encounters. Just without Bluebird and other inserted characters.
Posted by: kveto | August 14, 2016 3:04 AM
Most of these retcon stories don't fit well for me. They disrupt the original creator's pacing to no good purpose, often. New readers would be much better off reading the original ASM series straight through, and without trying to fit these implants into the sequence. Otherwise they would be totally confused past the point of distraction. Better to save the retcons to read afterwards.
Posted by: James Holt | August 14, 2016 3:37 AM
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