LO STUPEFACENTE UOMO RAGNO
THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN
SERIE CRONOLOGICA DELL’ EDITORIALE CORNO, LA MAGNIFICA COLLANA IN FORMATO GIGANTE DI GENIALISSIMO ED ESCLUSIVO BRAND TUTTO NOSTRANO CHE IL MONDO INTERO ANCOR OGGI CI INVIDIA
ALBO GIGANTE TUTTO A COLORI DEL 1979
- Giant One (First appearance)
- Sha Shan (Only in flashback)
Continued from last issue…
Flash is telling to Spider-Man the reason why
the followers of the Monks of the Light were after him:
While fighting in Vietnam, Flash was injured in combat and stumbled
across the hidden temple of the followers. There the peaceful monks
patched up Flash and he soon fell in love with the elder’s daughter
Sha-Shan. However, returning to his unit he learned that the military
planned to bomb the sector where the temple was located. Horrified,
Flash went to go and warn them, however he could not convince them to
leave their home and they apparently became victims of the air strike,
their temple destroyed. Flash would ultimately blamed for the bombing
and be followed by strange men. Finishing his story, Flash explains that
is why he is under military protection. Spider-Man takes him the rest
of the way to the Federal Building where he was to be taken.
Returning to his apartment, he finds Aunt May and Harry Osborn
there and they’ve almost stumbled upon his secret identity when May
happens on a spilled vial of Peter’s web fluid. Using an excuse to
explain the strange goo, Peter talks Aunt May out of cleaning it up.
Gwen shows up and tells Peter about Flash being in military custody, and
he agrees to accompany her to the Federal Building to see Flash. There
Peter happens to spot the Giant One also waiting in the lobby, telling
Gwen that he has to take pictures for the Bugle, Peter slips away and
tags the Giant One with a spider-tracer. However, a bomb goes off
knocking out the buildings lights. With no time to change into
Spider-Man and hoping the darkness can cover him, Peter fights off the
Giant One and his goos. The Giant One tosses Peter aside and tells him
they will get their revenge against Thompson whenever they see fit.
When Peter tries to go off after them, Gwen stops him calling him
on the fact that everyone thinks him a coward, leaving Peter in a bind,
how does he go after Flash’s attackers without revealing that he’s
- Giant One (Final appearance)
Peter Parker is stuck by Gwen, unable to go after Flash Thompson’s
attackers as Spider-Man because Gwen would think Peter Parker is a
coward. However, he gets an idea on how to slip away, and makes it
appear as though he’s been kidnapped by Spider-Man. On his way after the
Giant One and the Monks of the Light, Spider-Man is confronted by Dr.
Strange’s astral projection. He convinces Spider-Man to go to his
Sanctum Sanctorium, and there he shows that Flash Thompson has been
brought before the leader of the Monks and is slated for execution. Dr.
Strange then pledges to help Spider-Man save his friend and the two
depart to go and save Flash.
Meanwhile, Flash is visited by Sha-Shan the girl he befriended in
the village. She tells Flash that after the bombing the elder one (her
father) was rendered into a coma like state, and only by sacrificing
Flash’s life may they bring back their elder ruler. However, when
Sha-Shan pulls out a knife, the others find her and pull her away.
While at Harry Osborn’s apartment, Gwen arrives and tells Harry
that Peter has been “kidnapped” by Spider-Man. When Aunt May enters the
room, Gwen lashes out at her when she calls Peter a boy, but she quickly
apologizes for her outburst and the two make peace.
Back at the hide out of the Monks, they prepare to execute Flash
Thompson when Spider-Man and Dr. Strange burst in the room. As
Spider-Man holds off the Giant One and his men, Dr. Strange casts as
spell that brings the elder out of his trance. With the elder restored
to normal, the followers cease their fighting and the elder absolves
Flash of any wrong doing. After Dr. Strange departs, Flash tells
Spider-Man that the whole story will be great to tell Gwen Stacy.
Spider-Man departs and wonders how Peter Parker is going to be able to
compete with Flash Thompson’s feelings for Gwen now that he’s a civilian
- 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.
- New York City
- Aunt May’s Apartment
Kraven the Hunter, who is still
recovering from injuries following his battle against Spider-Man and
Ka-Zar in the Savage Land, recruits the Gibbon to battle Spider-Man on
his behalf. The Gibbon agrees to do his bidding, as Kraven appeals to
the rejects desire to get back at everyone who’s ever laughed at him.
Web-slinging to Aunt May’s, Peter finds a note there from her
saying that she’s gone away for a while. Spidey leaves when the police
arrive, and soon Spider-Man is blamed for kidnapping May Parker.
Continued to next issue…