Cover Date: August 1965
Cover Artist: Steve Ditko
“Bring Back My Goblin to Me!”
Plotters: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
Scripter: Stan Lee
Penciller: Steve Ditko
Inker: Steve Ditko
What’s Going On?
Spider-Man has to escape from the clutches of the Green Goblin and Crime Master.
- Last issue ended with the Crime Master holding a meeting of organized crime bosses, where they planned to vote him their new leader.
- However, when the Green Goblin arrives with an unconscious Spider-Man in tow, the mobsters vote for the Goblin instead!
- Before the gangs can truly align themselves under the Green Goblin’s leadership, though, Spidey wakes up and tries to escape!
- As Spider-Man freed himself from his bondage, the police arrived to break up the meeting. Spidey lends the police a hand before dealing with his masked enemies.
- The Green Goblin and Crime Master escape during the fight. Without any other good leads, Spidey decides to check out Frederick Foswell’s apartment again. There, he finds a hidden closet that could be used to store a costume…like that of the Crime Master or Green Goblin!
- Spider-Man heads to the Daily Bugle to warn J. Jonah Jameson that his employee is likely a masked villain. JJJ doesn’t buy it.
- In fact, as Spidey and JJJ were talking, the police cornered and killed the Crime Master. Frederick Foswell has tipped the police off as to where and when to find the villain, and he tried (unsuccessfully) to shoot his way to freedom.
Is It Good?
This was another fun issue. I am glad that Foswell was not revealed to be the Crime Master, because that would have been lazy writing and too obvious. It was also a nice change of pace to see Spidey be very wrong about someone he suspects of something; Spider-Man is at his best when he’s got a good heart, but is extremely fallible, and this is the sort of story that reinforces his clay feet.
- Spider-Man is wearing a Halloween costume that doesn’t quite fit, so he webbed parts of it together (like the mask) so it doesn’t fall apart —- and can’t be pulled off.
- Spider-Man can create a protective helmet out of his webbing.
- The Crime Master is revealed to be Nick “Lucky” Lewis. He was killed by the police in this issue.
- The Crime Master dies before divulging the Green Goblin’s identity.
- Spider-Man gets tired of his ill-fitting Halloween costume and decides to stitch himself a new uniform for future use.
- This is the first appearance of Barney Bushkin, an editor for the Daily Globe. Unlike JJJ at the Bugle, Bushkin has many questions about how Peter Parker could possibly take his Spider-Man photos.
- Peter sells his photos to the Daily Globe, and not the Daily Bugle, in this issue. This is a first for Peter, but Bushkin’s pushy questions will probably make Peter avoid the Globe in the future.
- This is the first mention of “the ol’ […] Parker luck.” It usually indicates bad luck, or at least a downside to any of Peter’s good luck.
- This appears to be Norman Osborn’s first lines of dialogue in this comic.
- Last issue, the script was heavily implying that Frederick Foswell was the Crime Master. When that villain is killed in this issue, we see Spidey suspect Foswell if being the Green Goblin. Well, it turns out that Foswell is putting on a costume to not be recognized in public: he is disguising himself as “Patch” to infiltrate the local criminal element. That’s what he keeps in his secret closet.
Comics Are Goofy:
- Did “sloppy seconds” have a non-sexual meaning in the 60’s? Please say yes.
Well, That Aged Poorly:
- There are three different dark-skinned characters in this issue. While diversity is good, and there haven’t been any black or brown people in this title at all so far, it would be nice for them to not look like they were covered in soot.
- Get it? It’s funny because manly men don’t sew! Although…didn’t he sew his other costumes? Why is this a gag now?