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The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #5


Guess who wins in a fight between Doctor Doom and Spider-Man? Guess who wins in the rematch? If you guessed Doctor Doom both times, you get a twelve cent sucker, which is what this issue cost when it came out. It’s a twelve cent sucker too. Lee opens it with some expository paragraph about how it’s the best comic the reader has ever read. It’s amazing bad he is predicting reading experiences.

Besides the contrived Spider-Man versus Doctor Doom story, there’s this stuff with Peter’s classmates. Lee has never really shown them as bullies or downright mean, but here he does. Here, Liz Allen is really mean to Peter; here, Flash Thompson is ready to–presumably–rough him up. It’s like an Archie issue gone bad.

However, the Daily Bugle stuff–Betty crushing on Peter, Jonah going off about how Spider-Man sells papers–works.

The rest doesn’t.

One response to “The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #5”

  1. Yeah, I guess Marvel just didn’t have enough villains in it’s repertoire yet so Spidey is obviously playing with one of the big boys here. Lee seems nimble or silly by making up so many “guest appearances” every issue, but that was part of the bombast that was Stan Lee. On this part I can forgive him for his excesses. As long as I get the Peter Parker stuff.

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