ALBO ORIGINALE DEL 1974
alle matite si avvicina l’investitura definitiva per Gil Kane che è però ancora ufficialmente affiancato e supervisionato dal maestro John Romita senior ormai in via di uscita
Gil Kane ai tempi in cui saltava i fossi per il lungo
contiene inoltre : ANT-MAN & WASP , HULK
CONDIZIONI : BUONISSIME, UN PO’ DI USURA IN COSTOLA, PICCOLO TIMBRO NEL MARGINE BIANCO SUPERIORE DELLA PRIMA PAGINA INTERNA, L’ ALBO NON E’ DI BUSTA
- New York City
Returning home from England, Peter Parker goes to the Daily Bugle and sells his pictures to Joe Robertson, who’s responses to Peter’s pictures of Spider-Man in action make Peter wonder if maybe Joe knows of Peter’s secret identity.
Returning to his classes, Harry asks Peter to join him out to see Mary Jane’s performance on an off-broadway show.
Peter reluctantly agrees when Harry offers to pay Peter’s way in. While web-slinging as Spider-Man, Peter thinks about Harry’s father Norman and their past as foes, when Norman was the Green Goblin. He decides to take Norman up on his offer for a job, deciding it’s about time he got a real job. He meets with Norman who takes Peter’s request into consideration and tells Peter that he will be attending the show as well.
Web-slinging across town, Spider-Man stops on his way to MJ’s show when he spots someone strung out on drugs and saves him from falling off a building.
He turns him over to paramedics where the druggie is resuscitated. Spidey quickly leaves and changes into Peter Parker to join the others. When Randy Robertson finally joins them, he gets into a brief argument with Norman Osborn about the reality of drug abuse in the city.
Peter ends up getting the ire of Harry when Mary Jane ends up paying more attention to Peter.
During the show, Peter’s spider-sense warns him of danger, slowly becoming aware that Norman Osborn is acting very strange.
When Harry abruptly leaves with Mary Jane in a jealous fit, Peter decides to follow after Norman Osborn as Spider-Man.
Following Osborn into one of the Green Goblin’s old safe houses, Peter is shocked to find that Norman’s Green Goblin memories have returned and that he’s waiting for Spider-Man in full costume.
- This is the first “above ground” comic book to be published with the clearance of the Comic Book Authority Code. At the time of it’s publication, the Code was strict on depicting drug use in comics, and that any works that featured the use of drugs (regardless of context) would be rejected. Since this story dealt with the negative aspects of drug use and depicts people suffering drug over-doses from drug use, the code rejected the story. Stan Lee felt that the story (Which reflected drug use in a negative light) was too good to pass up, and had the story published without Code approval. The story was a milestone story, and due to it’s success it’s publication ultimately led to the loosening of restrictions that the Comic Authority Code imposed on creators in terms of story content.
- Space Parasite (First appearance)
Materializing in the middle of New York following his battle on Asgard, the Hulk gets away from the mob that forms around him, but once reaching the relative safety of the rooftops, the Hulk changes back into Bruce Banner. As Bruce steals some clothing and tries to find his way to Rick Jones’ apartment, Rick, General Ross, and Glenn Talbot are appearing on the TV with talk show host Jack Klyne to talk about the menace of the Hulk. Meanwhile, an alien known as the Space Parasite has decided to target the Hulk to battle and drain of his energy, believing that the Hulk’s strength will power it for some time. Meanwhile, Bruce manages to find Rick’s apartment and convinces the landlady to give him a key to enter. Reading in Rick’s date book that he is to appear on Klyne’s show, Bruce turns on the television and hears Rick is tell the audience that the Hulk is a menace and must be stopped. This devastates Bruce who sits in quiet waiting for Rick to return home. When Rick returns home, he pulls a gun on Bruce, but cannot bring himself to shoot his old friend, shooting the floor instead. Betty also arrives on the scene. The Space Parasite has observed all of this, and believes he can use Bruce’s current fragile mental state to bring out the Hulk. Just as Betty is about to tell Bruce that she still loves him, the Parasite plants a thought in her mind to make her hate him as well. The Space Parasite picks just that moment to arrive.
Bruce transforms into the Hulk and attacks the Space Parasite, while the Parasite’s own people, the Xeronians watch the battle from their home planet. They recount that they used their technology to mutate their king into what became the Space Parasite to ward off invaders; however, when the Space Parasite succeeded in its task it continued on into the universe battling other beings of power to sustain its own life. They anxiously watch the battle, debating on if they should kill their former ruler or not. As the battle rages on at Yankee Stadium, the military moves in ready to attack at a moment’s notice. While the Space Parasite had the upper hand to begin with, the Hulk eventually overpowers the creature until his strength is at its lowest ebb. Believing he is about to die, the Parasite teleports himself back to his ship. However the Xeronians detonate the ship while the Parasite is in mid-teleportation, and it ends up dying among the starts in the wreckage. Although victorious in battle, the Hulk is bombarded with gas fired by the military, which causes him to revert back into Bruce Banner, and be arrested.
- First appearance of Randau, the Space Parasite. While it appears that Randau dies in space in this issue, he actually survives and spends several years in a state of suspended animation, as revealed in Wolverine (Volume 2) #136 (in Italy in Wolverine Marvel Italia n. 119).
- The Thing (Ben Grimm) makes a cameo appearance in flashback in this issue.
- Other members of the Xeronian race can be seen in Nova (Volume 3) #1(unpublished in Italy).
“Paranoia Is the Para-Man!” / LA PARANOIA E PARA-MAN ! (1a parte)
- New Jersey
- Para-Man and Boswell’s Lab
The Pym’s home has been destroyed, and they are stuck at insect size. If things seem like they cannot get worse, they can. They are hunted and captured by a scientist as a curiosity. To top it off, the scientist has developed a robot assistant who’s intellect has surpassed his own, and now the robot, Para-Man, is lording it over his creator.
Continued to next issue…