ALBO ORIGINALE DEL 1974
un po’ risentito per avere appreso che l’ uomo discende dalla scimmia e non dal bagarozzo, il permaloso Spidey sfoga il suo rancore e la sua frustrazione contro il povero quadrumane Gibbon colpevole soltanto di essere brutto e maleodorante, oltre che scemo
CONDIZIONI : BUONISSIME, TAGLIETTO RICOMPOSTO NELL’ ANGOLO INFERIORE DESTRO, L’ ALBO NON E’ DI BUSTA
“The Birth Of…The Gibbon!” / LA NASCITA DI GIBBON
- Gibbon (First Appearance)
- Kraven the Hunter (Cameo)
- New York City
- Peter and Harry’s Apartment
Spider-Man is upset that Flash Thompson
may be a rival for Gwen’s affections now that he’s a civilian once more.
What’s worse, he forgot to set his camera to take pictures of the fight
he had against the Monks of the Light. In a fit of rage he throws the
camera off the roof top realizing too late that he can’t afford to buy a
new one, but it is saved by an acrobatic man named Martin Blank. Blank,
calls himself a freak, Spider-Man tells him that he’s not a freak and
he should embrace his abilities and not be a harsh judge of his physical
Returning to the boarding house where he’s staying, Martin
reflects on his past and how his love of the Gibbon and the taunts of
his classmates led him to join the circus as the human Gibbon.
Eventually he couldn’t take the laughter of the audience and ran away
from the circus and took refuge in the city hoping to start a new life
where nobody would laugh at him. He finally decides that after meeting
Spider-Man he should do what he’s been planning to do.
Meanwhile, Peter returns home and changes back to his civilian
identity. There he finds Gwen and Aunt May waiting for him. When May
suddenly changes her tone when she catches herself fussing over Peter,
Gwen tells Peter how she and May had an argument about how she is too
coddling over Peter. Peter, too tired to do anything passes out in
Gwen’s arm and she puts him to rest of the couch. When Flash arrives to
tell everyone he’s okay, Harry asks him to walk Gwen home. Peter wakes
up only in time to see Gwen and Flash leave the apartment and assumes
the worst before dropping back to sleep.
After a nightmare, Peter is woken up by Flash, and instantly
calls his Aunt May. When there is no answer, he decides to rush out as
Spider-Man to see if she’s all right. Along the way he’s stopped by
Martin Blank, who is wearing an ape-inspired costume and calling himself
the Gibbon. When Blank tells Spider-Man he’s come in hopes that he can
become the wall-crawlers partner, this causes Spider-Man to burst out in
laughter. This proves to be a mistake, because the wall-crawlers
laughing is the straw which breaks the camel’s back for the Gibbon, who
lashes out at Spider-Man.
The Gibbon’s attack is short lived, when Spider-Man decides that
the Gibbon is misguided and not worth fighting, leaving a dejected
Gibbon behind to blame himself once more for his failure. Neither are
aware that Karven the Hunter has been watching the battle, and hopes to
use the Gibbon as a tool for revenge against Spider-Man.
“Where Falls the Shifting Sands?” / DOVE CADONO LE SABBIE ? (2a parte)
Continued from last issue…
Heading to the base, the Sandman witnesses the Hulk’s ship landing on
Earth. After the Hulk destroys the ship, the Sandman convinces the Hulk
to attack the base, providing Sandman with the distraction he needs to
steal the rocket he seeks. However, when Betty’s life is put at risk
when the Sandman almost crashes into her car, the Hulk intervenes and
stops the Sandman.
As the Hulk battles the Sandman, General Ross begins to believe
that the Hulk was trying to stop the Sandman when they attacked the Hulk
on site. Hulk manages to defeat the Sandman who escapes and the Hulk
flees the base as well, leaving Betty and the others to wonder what to
do about the Hulk, and the Sandman vowing to destroy the Hulk for good.
- This issue contains a flashback to events that took place in Fantastic Four (Volume 1) #63 (in Italy in F4C # 60)
“At Last I Will Have My Revenge!” / FINALMENTE AVRO’ LA MIA VENDETTA (1a parte)
Having viewed the Hulk’s battle with the Sandman, the Mandarin
decides that an alliance with the Sandman to get revenge on the Hulk
would lead to the successful defeat of the brute. The Hulk meanwhile,
having fled the military once more transforms back into Bruce Banner.
While the Mandarin meets with the Sandman and they form an alliance,
Banner returns to Gamma Base where he confronts Betty.
However, the military bursts into Betty’s room and Banner
transforms into the Hulk once more.
Continued to next issue…