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Book Information:Cover Date: Jun 1964
- Aunt May
- Betty Brant
- Flash Thomson
- J. Jonah Jameson
- Liz Allan
- The Brooklyn Bridge
This Comic Book review is for Amazing Spider-Man #13, and the story titled “The Menace of… Mysterio!“. But it is a story that starts out, with a bit of an identity crisis, as news breaks of spider-man’s crime spree, even Peter Parker has doubts on spider-man’s innocence. but how can a doubtful superhero sleep at night? you will just have to read this comic to find out, and read my review about why you should. this comic has everything including a Psychiatrist!
While I am not as much of a fan of Steve Ditko’s work on spider-man art as I am his work on Doctor Strange, i do feel it has been improving. With this issue it gives Steve a chance to show off some fine action panels for Spider-Man while also letting a more comical, and playful side-show in the character scenes among the school kids at midtown high.
perhaps the best six panels between Liz Alien, Peter Parker and Flash so far where in this issue on page 7. but that is not what i choose to show here, instead sharing a panel with spider-man tackling Mysterio while extra’s on a movie set scatter.
while being light in the background I feel the panel shows off just how well done the action was in this issue, and while not every panel has the attention to detail on the characters that this one did, more than I would have expected did. But just look at how well this captures a mid action scene, with a stumbling Mysterio and a diving spider-man.
we have magic in the marvel universe now; and Steve and Stan where a big part of bringing it there with Dr. Strange; this is a big part of why I find it both impressive and thrilling that Spider-Man was not up against real magic, in favor of some trickery.
But this also make Mysterio quite an interesting, and original character; much in the fashion of iron man, he is self-made as opposed to the result of some origin event. This is something that I was also quite glad to see.
But in addition to Mysterio, we have some interesting events for Peter Parker. more than any time thus far we have the event’s effecting spider-man getting the better of our hero’s alter ego, even leaving him wondering if he is responsible for the crimes spider-man has been witnessed committing. So much so he ends up on the couch of a psychiatrist.
That is one of the great things about these spider-man comic books, giving us a hero whom seems to face all the problems a real teen, or a real person whom just happens to have super powers would face. But what do you think about spider-man and about this issue?