Characters Appearing: Aunt May, Aunt Watson, Crime-Master, Flash Thompson, Green Goblin (Norman Osborn), Gwen Stacy, Harry Osborn, J. Jonah Jameson, Jackal, Liz Allan, Spider-Man
Untold Tales of Spider-Man #25
Issue(s): Untold Tales of Spider-Man #25
Review/plot: Peter is checking out Empire State University. He previously looked into State University, but due to an incident with the Human Torch (or possibly just seeing the Torch at the school) decided not to go there.
Green Goblin and the Crime Master are considering an alliance but there's still a lack of trust. The Goblin lies about his true secret identity, for example.
The potential alliance ends with the Crime Master trapping the Goblin and Spider-Man in an out of control environmental booth.
There's a nice scene where Professor Miles Warren (aka the Jackal) loses his concentration as Gwen Stacy walks past.
This is the last issue of Untold Tales of Spider-Man. This started out a great series but started to get shaky at the end due to fill-in writers. This issue has Busiek and Stern, so the series gets to end on a high note. From an art perspective, we lost Olliffe a few issues ago, but Bob McLeod and Ron Frenz have been doing a good job maintaining the series' look and feel.
This issue contains the second half of the continuity chart that shows where UTOS fits in with ASM. The first chart was in UTOS #14.
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: According to the continuity chart in this issue, it takes place between Amazing Spider-Man #23 and #24.
Continuity Insert? Y
My Reprint: N/A
There are probably two reasons Miles Warren wanted Gwen if that pic has anything to say about it. (then again that forehead...)
Posted by: Ataru320 | February 7, 2016 6:35 PM
Sad that Busiek felt he had to leave this title, since it was one of my favorite Spider-Man series of all time. I heard that despite being only 99 cents an issue, sales/profits, though not great, weren't bad enough by themselves to cancel the series after issue 25, but apparently once Kurt said he was leaving, they decided instead of hiring a new writer, to cancel it.
Posted by: mikrolik | May 19, 2017 11:54 AM
It might have been difficult to find a writer as much of a continuity geek as Busiek who went so far as to publish charts showing exactly how the issues fit into the original stories (not that that would stop Marvel), and those that are would likely have had decidedly different philosophies (for example, Busiek wrote Marvels in real time, as though the stories actually took place when they had originally been published, while Roger Stern is half of the team that gave us Marvel: The Lost Generation).
Posted by: Morgan Wick | May 21, 2017 3:27 AM
As someone points out on Wikipedia, the idea that Osborn pretends that his secret identity is JJJ doesn't seem to work with ASM #26, where Crime-Master is threatening to release his secret identity, & Goblin thinks "If I should accidentally kill him, my secret will be made public!"
So either he did reveal his true identity later, or his secret is that he's been telling everyone he's JJJ and is concerned he won't be able to do that anymore.
Posted by: Jonathan, son of Kevin | June 14, 2018 5:44 PM
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