Contiene inoltre : DOTTOR STRANGE
CONDIZIONI : OTTIME, ALBO NON DI RESA E NON RIFILATO, NO ADESIVI
- Frederick Foswell
- Vulture (In an illusion or vision)
- Sandman (In an illusion or vision)
- Scorpion (In an illusion or vision)
- Dr. Octopus (In an illusion or vision)
- Connie, one of Peter Parker’s classmates (First appearance)
Peter’s day doesn’t start off well as he breaks up a burglary, but can’t sell pictures since Frederick Foswell spotted Spider-Man but not Peter Parker. While trying to hide from J. Jonah Jameson at The Daily Bugle, he spots a letter from Ned Leeds to Betty Brant. When Peter comments on it, as much as he tries, he comes off as jealous and webslings around the city to keep his mind off of it. As Jameson celebrates his biased poll of those who hate Spider-Man, he gets a visit from Dr. Ludwig Rinehart who tells Jameson that due to a split personality between that of a man and a spider, it’s only a matter of time before Spider-Man breaks down.
When Peter hears this, he worries he might be going crazy and not know it.
Spider-Man makes his way to Jameson’s office, and out of nowhere Doctor Octopus comes to attack him but disappears just as quick. This repeats again with Sandman as well as The Vulture and Spider-Man starts doubting his sanity. He worries that he might start attacking innocent people believing they’re criminals so he heads home for rest. When he sees himself in the mirror, he decides not to wait and visits Dr. Rinehart immediately. As he enters the doctor’s house, the entire room is upside down including the furniture, bookshelves, and even the doctor.
As he runs to another room, it’s also upside down and as Dr. Rinehart starts to consult him, Pete is taken to a room where everything is normal. As the consulting begins, more images of his enemies appear and vanish.
At The Daily Bugle however, Foswell comes to Jameson with news and Jameson tells the press room to kill the story on Rinehart as Jameson goes out to find him. Jameson enters in just as Spider-Man is ready to confess who he is and confronts Dr. Rinehart of being a fraud.
As the fraud is revealed, a gunfight ensues, and Spider-Man runs after Dr. Rinehart realizing that the house had been staged with furniture nailed to the ceiling. The mask is pulled off and the doctor is none other than Mysterio.
Mysterio tells Jameson that due to his editorials he picked the right time for Spider-Man to crack and tells Jameson that had he not have interrupted, Spider-Man would have been finished.
- The next time Mysterio takes on the identity of Dr. Ludwig Rinehart is Amazing Spider-Man #193 (in Italy in SETT UR # 19).
- Mary Jane Watson (First appearance) (Face not shown)
- Green Goblin (unnamed)
- Connie, one of Peter Parker’s classmates (second and final known appearance to date)
As Peter goes to sell pictures of a crime to J. Jonah Jameson, an inventor named Smythe comes in with a robot guaranteeing the destruction of Spider-Man. Since Peter needs money bad, he eggs Jameson on to hear out the wacky inventor.
Smythe shows how his robot instantly shoots out steel tentacles at the hint of a spider’s presence and grabs a hold of Peter much to his surprise. Jameson is given a remote control and they agree to a deal. Betty is furious with Peter for trying to trap Spider-Man, not understanding his true reasons. Peter shows up at school and has Flash Thompson waiting to fight him as he hangs around Liz Allan too much to his liking. As Peter exits school, he sees the robot and begins to run. Flash, thinking he’s running away from a fight runs after Peter.
Peter turns and fights the robot and tries to put webbing on the robot, but it slides off and avoids its steel tentacles until he can come up with a plan.
Meanwhile, Liz is concerned for Pete’s safety due to Flash Thompson and Betty is concerned since the robot is attacking Spider-Man and both head to his house. Both are in for a shock as a humble Mary Jane Watson is waiting for Peter Parker to come home.
Although we can’t see her face, Betty thinks that she looks as beautiful as a movie star. When fighting the robot, Spider-Man is caught by the steel tentacles and can’t escape.
Both Smythe and Jameson rush off to locate the robot and unmask Spider-Man but Spider-Man undoes the power box so when Jameson goes to unmask him he comes up empty-handed. Peter goes home, happy that he lives another day but is in trouble when Aunt May has discovered his extra Spider-Man outfit and demands an explanation. She accepts it but now Peter Parker has no Spider-Man costume.
- This is the first time that Steve Ditko was credited as the plotter for an issue of Amazing Spider-Man.
- Norman Osborn has a brief, unnamed appearance in this issue as he visits J Jonah Jameson at the Daily Bugle.
- Eternity (Only in flashback)
- Stephen Strange’s Mansion (Only in flashback)
One night when Dr. Strange receives a telegram asking for help, he is perplexed to see that it is addressed to “Stephen Sanders”.
Continued to next issue…