Matt Dillon (Electro)
Flash Thompson, Liz Allan, Aunt May, Betty Brant, J. Jonah Jameson
“Although we know so little about Spider-Man, he’s always been on the side of the law”. The idea that there was a federal warrant for his arrest has been completely forgotten.
”I know it’s bad manners to drop in without an invitation, but I’m sure you’ll forgive me this once”. Spider-Man’s banter is notably less irritating this time around.
Spider-Man's red socks are separate from his blue tights. (And they are light enough to slip rubber shoes over!)
If Betty left high school "last year" then she must be around 17. Editorial comments on the letters page suggest that she is slightly younger than Peter.
Aunt May’s first illness! Up to this point, she has been represented as elderly, but not especially sick or infirm.
Guess Aunt May’s Illness! 1: It’s only symptom is fatigue. 2: It is rare 3: It requires medication, and the slightest delay in administering medication might be fatal. 5: It requires a major blood transfusion 6: Surgery returns the patient to full health in a matter of days.
Peter Parker’s Financial Position: Parker sells fake pictures of Spider-Man for $1,000: Jameson says they are really worth $20,000. The $1,000 pays for the specialist surgeon. No other medical fees are mentioned.
But at a deeper, thematic level, "spiders" pull these comics together in a way that flies or cockroaches could not have.
|Amazing Spider-Man #9|
The best thing Ditko has contributed to date...
The whole of Spider-Man in a single image?
Despite making himself a natty little yellow and green costume, and imaginatively calling himself "Electro" hes doesn't engage in any electricity themed naughtiness. He robs a bank, and then decides (for no reason at all) to free some criminals from what is quaintly described as the House of Correction in order to "get them to be my flunkies". Stan Lee just takes it for granted that if you get superpowers, then naturally, what you will do is rob banks. Unless you are one of those ones who think it’s your duty to stop other people robbing banks.
Not stories. Life. One thing after another.
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