Web of Spider-Man #64-65
Issue(s): Web of Spider-Man #64, Web of Spider-Man #65
Actually, Spider-Man surviving a fight against all these villains seems like even more of a cheat. I do take heart in the fact that he is fighting them all at once, since we've seen other examples (e.g. vs. the X-Men during Secret Wars) where Spider-Man is great at fighting against a group, since he can use his enemies' lack of coordination against them. And that's pretty much how Spider-Man manages here.
The issue starts with Titania, Trapster, and the Brothers Grimm being transfered to the Vault, and being rescued by Graviton.
Graviton takes them to a seemingly empty oil tanker that is actually the Chameleon's current headquarters. Goliath, currently stuck at 60 feet, is also there.
There's a little bit of a negotiation around how much Chameleon will pay for the villains to kill Spider-Man. It's briefly thought that there's something unfair about what the Brothers Grimm are getting paid because they are a duo (but it turns out to be a misunderstanding). There's also a lot of sniping between the villains.
Meanwhile, Nick Katzenberg goes to J. Jonah Jameson with the photos showing Peter taking off his Spider-Man mask. This is at JJ's new publication company, not the Daily Bugle. Peter swears that he was only doing it because it was a PSA publicity image, and that he never faked any real photos of Spider-Man. JJ accepts this, but Joe Robertson does not, and tells Peter that he and his photos are no longer welcome at the new company. JJ feels he has to support his editor. Peter roughs up Nick a bit in the elevator on the way out.
While Spider-Man is venting to himself about that, we see the Green Goblin fly by.
Later, Mary Jane will find a cache of Goblin equipment while babysitting little Normie Osborne.
But for now, Peter goes home and has dinner with Mary Jane. He sees a news report that the Daily Bugle has been lifted into the sky (again!?). Peter goes to investigate, expecting Graviton, but finding more than that.
Spider-Man gets stomped in this first encounter, literally (as seen above) and then figuratively, with Graviton tossing Spidey into the upper atmosphere. He manages to survive only by snagging his webline on a passing plane, and given the circumstances i guess we can forgive his somewhat un-PC behavior.
Meanwhile, the villains return to the Chameleon's ship, expecting payment for killing Spider-Man, but instead finding that Chameleon has abandoned ship. They search his place and find a document supposedly showing that the Chameleon and the Kingpin planned together to get Graviton and the other villains to attack Spider-Man for free. The note is actually a plant; as we know, the Chameleon (with Hammerhead) and the Kingpin are actually rival New York crimelords at this point.
Those women do not look pleased to be hanging out with the Chameleon.
Spider-Man returns to the Daily Bugle and overhears Puma being told that the building has taken too much damage and will have to be condemned. I guess Damage Control isn't available this time.
Spidey then sees Goliath making his way to the Kingpin's building.
There's something really awesome about how big Goliath is. Alex Saviuk does a great job depicting his size.
Spider-Man shows up to defend the Kingpin (who doesn't know what this is all about, but of course he's bemused to see Spider-Man helping him).
Here's Spider-Man using the villains against each other...
...but i still stand by the fact that for the most part, Spider-Man has too easy of a job handling all these villains.
It's the usual case of the power of the villains being in inverse proportion to how many of them appear in a book. But it's still a fun battle. In the end Peter is able to get a photo from the fight published in Jameson's new magazine.
Chameleon is in a "no matter what happens, it's all according to my plan" mood. Maybe because his lady friends have come around.
Statement of Ownership Total Paid Circulation: Average of Past 12 months = 199,360. Single issue closest to filing date = 207,300.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: As Michael notes in the comments, Titania and Goliath both have appearances in Deathtrap: The Vault in between their Acts of Vengeance appearances and this issue, but the story doesn't act like it (because Deathtrap wasn't published yet). For Titania it's not a big deal; it might be that she and the other victims captured around the same time were brought from the Vault to New York and then back again for court appearances. For Goliath, since Chameleon says that he found him floating in the river, i like Michael's suggestion that Chameleon rescued Goliath, Goliath got caught and put in the Vault in time for Deathtrap, and then he escaped again and returned to the Chameleon. If you don't like these mental gymnastics, don't blame me; blame Marvel for using the same group of villains over and over again.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (3): showBen Urich, Brothers Grimm III, Chameleon, Edna Gortch, Erik Josten, Glory Grant, Graviton, Harry Osborn, J. Jonah Jameson, Joe 'Robbie' Robertson, Joy Mercado, Kate Cushing, Kingpin, Mary Jane Watson, Nick Katzenberg, Normie Osborn, Paste Pot Pete, Puma, Spider-Man, Titania
"Those women do not look pleased to be hanging out with the Chameleon."
Posted by: clyde | June 16, 2015 2:40 PM
Shouldn't Goliath have glowing yellow eyes, like Wonder Man's red eyes?
Posted by: Bill | June 16, 2015 2:54 PM
It's very difficult fitting this issue in with Deathtrap:the Vault, which was published a year later. At the MCP, we placed it after Deathtrap: the Vault. There's two problems with that. The first is that Titania was in the Vault in Deathtrap: the Vault-in this story, she's being sent to the Vault. It can easily be explained that she escaped and was recaptured. The larger problem (no pun intended) is Goliath- this issue makes it sound like this is his first time out since the Chameleon rescued him but he was seen in the Vault in Deathtrap: the Vault. I suppose it's possible that the Chameleon sent him on another crime, he got captured, sent to the Vault and the Chameleon rescued him. The alternative is trying to squeeze Web 62-65 and Spectacular 161-163 in between Amazing 329 and 330- no way those dishes stayed there that long. Sorry, fnord, but Peter's not that much of a slob.
Posted by: Michael | June 16, 2015 8:45 PM
Thanks Michael. I've added some notes to the Considerations that i think also help Peter Parker keep his home tidy.
I definitely agree on the villains being beaten too easily. Regarding Goliath, as Bill reminds us, he's got ionic powers as well as Pym particles, so he should be invulnerable in addition to super tall and should be even less likely to get knocked out tripping than a regular person.
Posted by: fnord12 | June 16, 2015 10:05 PM
Well, to be fair, Goliath, at giant-size, tripping does mean he's got a MASSIVE amount of mass falling with him. A trip and fall would hurt him far more than a normal sized person.
Do I get a No-Prize? :)
Posted by: Bill | June 16, 2015 10:46 PM
What's up with the Chameleon and these sexy ladies? They (or some other group of sexy women) will appear again with him quite soon, during the Amazing SM arc dealing with Peter getting depowered...
Posted by: Piotr W | June 17, 2015 5:05 PM
Granted I don't know much about journalistic ethics but it seems like taking credit for the picture that the kid took and selling it would seem to be a more serious breach than the staged advertising shoot. Also JJJ and Robbie didn't seem to really care that Nick's photos were taken while spying on a private residence. During the scene where Peter roughed up Nick the other characters in the elevator appear to be Marvel creators.The one with curly hair and glasses is clearly Jim Salicrup. Not sure who the other two gentlemen are but I suspect that the one with glasses is either Alex Saviuk or Tom DeFalco.
Posted by: Mizark | January 30, 2017 10:06 AM
So of the gang of villains...
-Spidey could beat Trapster any day of the week.
Now, the other three...they're big time match-ups for even Avengers types. Spidey has shown he can beat Titania in the right environment and in the right kind of fight, but here she basically loses when she's hit by a bus (?). I can buy Spidey dodging Goliath and getting him to make a mistake, but he's beaten way too easily here. Finally, Graviton should just totally own Spidey, but he gets jumped first and he does take a punch to the face and he doesn't have human strength, so maybe he just gets KO'ed.
Posted by: Michael Cheyne | February 17, 2018 3:33 PM
I could buy Peter knocking Graviton out like that if Graviton was grocery shopping or something but Graviton was attacking the Kingpin's headquarters. If he was low enough for the Kingpin's goons to shoot him, he should have been using his powers to protect himself (with a "gravimetric force field").
Posted by: Michael | February 17, 2018 4:00 PM
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