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  • Issue #165
    Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 165

    Whitman Variant. "Stegron Stalks the City!" Part 1 of 2. Script by Len Wein. Art by Ross Andru (breakdowns) and Mike Esposito (finishes). Cover by John Romita and Frank Giacoia. Rampaging dinosaurs interrupt Peter and Mary Jane's date at the Museum of Natural History! Wow, where did the ancient creatures come from?! Incredibly Stegron, the dinosaur man, has brought them back to life with stolen technology from SHIELD! However that's only half of the dinosaur man's sinister scheme! He also kidnaps young Billy Connors to force Dr. Connors to do his bidding! But the Stegosaurus-like villain has forgotten one thing: when you mess with the Connors...you get the Lizard! Cameo appearances by Martha Connors, Flash Thompson, J. Jonah Jameson, and Dr. Marla Madison. (Notes: Stegron previously appeared in Marvel Team-Up 20. The Lizard formerly appeared in Giant-Size Spider-Man 5.) 32 pages. Cover price $0.30.

  • Issue #166
    Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 166

    Whitman Variant. "War of the Reptile-Men!" Part 2 of 2. Script by Len Wein. Pencils by Ross Andru. Inks by Mike Esposito. Cover by John Romita and Frank Giacoia. It's a classic three-way Christmas confrontation! The Lizard vs. Spider-Man vs. Stegron! The key to victory for the web-slinger is to get the Lethal Lizard (aka Dr. Connors) to fight with him...instead of against him! But the Lizard usually just wants to kill Spidey! In snowy Central Park, the three combatants and a pack of dinosaurs come together for a Jurassic-style rumble! Is a Christmas miracle in the offing for your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man? An uplifting issue! Cameo appearances by Martha Connors, Billy Connors, J. Jonah Jameson, Dr. Marla Madison, Harry Osborn, Liz Allan, Flash Thompson, and Mary Jane Watson. (Notes: Stegron returns many years later in the Lethal Foes of Spider-Man (1993) Limited Series. The Lizard appears next in Spectacular Spider-Man 33 & 34.) Cover price $0.30.

  • Issue #167
    Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 167

    Whitman Variant. "Stalked by the Spider-Slayer!" Part 1 of 2. First appearance of Will-O'-the-Wisp. Script by Len Wein. Art by Ross Andru (breakdowns) and Mike Esposito (finishes). Cover by John Romita. With Dr. Marla Madison's new and improved spider-slayer, J. Jonah Jameson takes another run at capturing the wondrous wall-crawler! But in typical fashion, JJJ stumbles and bumbles in his attempt to subdue Spidey! In the meantime though, a new villain has come to New York City: Will-O'-the-Wisp! And the Wisp has unearthly electromagnetic powers! The spider-slayer is just the undercard for the amazing one! Will-O'-the-Wisp is the main event! First appearance of Dr. Bart Hamilton (aka the third Green Goblin). Cameo appearances by Aunt May, Anna Watson, Harry Osborn, Liz Allan, Flash Thompson, and Mary Jane Watson. (Note: The letters page includes a statement of ownership: average print run 555,709; average paid circulation 282,159.) 32 pages. Cover price $0.30.

  • Issue #168
    Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 168
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    Whitman Variant. "Murder on the Wind!" Part 2 of 2. Script by Len Wein. Art by Ross Andru (breakdowns) and Mike Esposito (finishes). Cover by Ed Hannigan and John Romita. At the famous Rockefeller Center skating rink; the web-slinger, Will-O'-the-Wisp, and spider-slayer assemble for a tripartite throw down! Once the Wisp flees the scene, Spidey puts Jonah's spider-slayer on ice! Later that evening in Times Square under coercion from Dr. Jonah Harrow, Will-O'-the-Wisp attacks Spider-Man! If the Wisp doesn't kill the web-slinger, he will lose his life! If he does kill him, the Wisp will lose his humanity! Caught in a diabolical dilemma, what will the Wisp do with the wall-crawler's life hanging in the balance? A gut-wrenching conclusion! Cameo appearances by Dr. Marla Madison and Mary Jane Watson. (Notes: Dr. Jonas Harrow previously appeared in Amazing Spider-Man 126 and challenges the web-slinger again in Amazing Spider-Man 206. Will-O'-the-Wisp returns in Spectacular Spider-Man 57.) 32 pages. Cover price $0.30.

  • Issue #169
    Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 169

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    Whitman Variant. "Confrontation" Part 1 of 2. Script by Len Wein. Art by Ross Andru (breakdowns) and Mike Esposito (finishes). Cover by John Romita and Frank Giacoia. J. Jonah Jameson barges into Peter Parker's apartment and declares: "I know you're Spider-Man!" And with damning photos in hand, Jonah has Aunt May's nephew backed into a corner! But the Daily Bugle's ace photographer may have a trick or two up his sleeve! Can Peter outfox Jonah and protect his secret identity? Later that evening the web-slinger explores an abandoned subway tunnel and bumps into one of Captain America's usual foes! Exactly who is this large red-haired gentleman? Cameo appearances by Harry Osborn, Liz Allan, Dr. Bart Hamilton, Dr. Marla Madison, Doctor Faustus, and Stan Lee. (Notes: The mystery behind Jonah's photos is revealed in Amazing Spider-Man 180. The pictures were taken during the story in Amazing Spider-Man 151. The letters page includes a letter from comics artist Frank Miller praising Ross Andru's artwork. A limited distribution 35-cent cover price variant exists for this issue.) 32 pages Cover price $0.30.

  • Issue #170
    Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 170

    Whitman Variant. "Madness is all in the Mind!" Part 2 of 2. Script by Len Wein. Art by Ross Andru (breakdowns), Frank Giacoia (finishes), and Mike Esposito (finishes). Cover by Ross Andru and Frank Giacoia. Dr. Faustus has a new patient! The unwilling Amazing Spider-Man! After the web-slinger is exposed to Faustus' hallucinogenic smoke, he sees frightening apparitions of his enemies attacking! The good doctor quickly helps the wall-crawler recover and then orders Spidey to lead a clandestine mission into a federal research laboratory! Why? Because Dr. Faustus wants to contaminate the nation's supply of flu virus! Once the web-slinger breaks into the biolab, Faustus' triumph appears complete! Will the spectacular one come to his senses in time? Cameo appearances by Liz Allan, Mary Jane Watson, and the burglar. (Notes: Doctor Faustus previously appeared in Captain America 192. Dr. Faustus returns in the classic National Force storyline in Captain America 232-236. The initial subplot of Amazing Spider-Man 200 takes place in this issue. A limited distribution 35-cent cover price variant exists for this issue.) 32 pages Cover price $0.30.

  • Issue #171
    Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 171
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    Whitman Variant. "Photon is Another Name for...?" Part 2 of 2. Guest-starring Nova. Script by Len Wein. Art by Ross Andru (breakdowns) and Mike Esposito (finishes). Cover by Ross Andru and Frank Giacoia. Story continues from Nova 12 (1st series). The web-slinger and the Human Rocket chase Photon to the historic Montauk Point Lighthouse in hopes of catching and unmasking Dr. Ralph Rider's killer! But upon their arrival the duo runs into a horde of Advanced Idea Mechanics (A.I.M.) agents! And once Photon appears Nova and the wall-crawler go down to defeat! Oh no! Is a watery grave awaiting both Spidey and Nova at the bottom of Long Island Sound? The dramatic cover doesn't lie! The first team-up of Nova and the web-slinger may be the last! Cameo appearances by Charles Rider, Harry Osborn, Liz Allan, and the Molten Man. (Note: A limited distribution 35-cent cover price variant exists for this issue.) 32 pages Cover price $0.30.

  • Issue #172
    Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 172

    Whitman Variant. "The Fiend from the Fire!" Part 1 of 2. First appearance of the Rocket Racer. Script by Len Wein. Art by Ross Andru (breakdowns) and Frank Giacoia (finishes). Cover by Ross Andru and Frank Giacoia. The action begins with a bang as the web-slinger chases a new skateboarding super-villain! The Rocket Racer! This red and yellow robber is moving and grooving through the streets on his souped-up skateboard! But the Spectacular Spider-Man is waiting right around the corner to teach him a lesson in driver etiquette! Meanwhile the police arrest Liz Allan for stealing drugs and chemicals from a local hospital! Why would Liz do that? Maybe she did it for a man! Or perhaps more specifically the Molten Man! Cameo appearances by Harry Osborn, J. Jonah Jameson, and Dr. Marla Madison. (Notes: The Rocket Racer appears next in Amazing Spider-Man 182. The Molten Man previously battled the web-slinger in Amazing Spider-Man 133. A limited distribution 35-cent cover price variant exists for this issue. 32 pages Cover price $0.30.

  • Issue #173
    Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 173

    Whitman Variant. "If You Can't Stand the Heat...!" Part 2 of 2. Script by Len Wein. Art by Ross Andru (breakdowns) and Jim Mooney (finishes). Cover by Ross Andru and John Romita. The Molten Man is dying! And he's going out in a blaze of glory...literally! When Mark Raxton's final attempt to cure his condition fails, he holes up in the top floor of a pharmaceutical building and demands to see his stepsister Liz Allan! Bravely Liz enters the building and so does the Amazing Spider-Man! As the Molten Man and the wall-crawler trade blows, the building becomes a raging inferno on the verge of collapse! Will anyone get out alive? An anguish-filled ending! Cameo appearances by Mary Jane Watson, Harry Osborn, and Flash Thompson. Last 30¢ issue. (Notes: The Molten Man returns in Spectacular Spider-Man 63. A limited distribution 35-cent cover price variant exists for this issue.) 32 pages Cover price $0.30.

  • Issue #174
    Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 174

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    Whitman Variant. "The Hitman's Back in Town!" Part 1 of 2. Guest-starring the Punisher. Script by Len Wein. Art by Ross Andru (breakdowns), Jim Mooney (finishes), and Tony DeZuniga (finishes). Cover by Ross Andru and Frank Giacoia. The Hitman is back! And he's got a brand new target: J. Jonah Jameson! But there's another gun-toting vigilante back in town too: the Punisher! And he's tracking the Hitman! Mix in the wondrous wall-crawler...and as shown on the dynamic cover, all concerned parties come together in JJJ's corner office! Pandemonium erupts when the bullets start flying! Stay down Jonah! Let Spidey and the Punisher take the hit (man)! Cameo appearances by Harry Osborn, Flash Thompson, Dr. Marla Madison, and Dr. Bart Hamilton. First 35¢ issue. (Notes: The Hitman previously appeared in Spectacular Spider-Man 5. This story was reprinted in Marvel Tales 216.) 32 pages Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #175
    Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 175

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    Whitman Variant. "Big Apple Battleground!" Part 2 of 2. Guest-starring the Punisher. Script by Len Wein. Art by Ross Andru (breakdowns) and Jim Mooney (finishes). Cover by Ross Andru and Frank Giacoia. It's a spectacular shootout atop the Statue of Liberty! The inscription at the statue's base calls for the tired, poor, and huddled masses; but tonight lady liberty is instead receiving the homicidal, vengeful, scared, and amazing! In the persons of the Hitman, Punisher, J. Jonah Jameson, and Spider-Man! Three of the men will survive their harrowing encounter. One will not. An outstanding issue! Final appearance of the Hitman. Cameo appearances by Harry Osborn, Flash Thompson, Joe Robertson, Dr. Marla Madison, and Dr. Bart Hamilton. (Notes: The Punisher appears next in Captain America 241. This story was reprinted in Marvel Tales 217.) 32 pages. Reprinted in Marvel Tales # 217. Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #179
    Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 179
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    Whitman Variant. "The Goblin's Always Greener!" Part 4 of 5. Script by Len Wein. Art by Ross Andru (breakdowns) and Mike Esposito (finishes). Cover by Ross Andru and Mike Esposito. In desperate fashion the web-slinger escapes from the Green Goblin's trap and makes a beeline for New Hope Hospital! Once inside Peter finally signs the consent forms to begin his aunt's surgery! While May's heart operation takes place, Joe Robertson tells Peter about a major disturbance going on at Radio City Music Hall. When the wall-crawler arrives at the Showplace of the Nation, the three-way battle erupts: the Green Goblin vs. Silvermane vs. the Amazing Spider-Man! And the winner will be determined next issue! Cameo appearances by Mary Jane Watson, Anna Watson, and Harry Osborn. 32 pages. Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #180
    Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 180

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    Whitman Variant. "Who Was That Goblin I Saw You With?" Part 5 of 5. Script by Len Wein. Art by Ross Andru (breakdowns) and Mike Esposito (finishes). Cover by Ross Andru and Mike Esposito. This is it! The awesome conclusion to the five-part goblin saga! At Radio City Music Hall, the Green Goblin emerges triumphant! And the devious purple and green villain flies to an incinerating plant in Brooklyn to throw the unconscious web-slinger into a smokestack! But the spectacular one wakes up just in time! And the final donnybrook between the Green Goblin and the Amazing Spider-Man begins! The wall-crawler is in control of the battle...until a second goblin arrives on the scene! What?! Who? The web-slinger watches in shock as the battle of the goblins unfolds! Can Harry Osborn exorcise the demons of his past? And somehow return to a normal life? An uplifting story! Final appearance of Dr. Bart Hamilton. Cameo appearances by Silvermane, J. Jonah Jameson, Joe Robertson, and Liz Allan. Flashback cameos by Harry Osborn and the Spider-clone. (Notes: More than a decade passes before Harry Osborn becomes the Green Goblin again in Amazing Spider-Man 312. The incinerating plant in this story is the same one where the web-slinger disposed of his clone in Amazing Spider-Man 151. Silvermane returns in Spectacular Spider-Man Annual 2. This issue concludes Len Wein's terrific two-and-a-half year run as the writer of the Amazing Spider-Man title.) 32 pages. Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #181
    Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 181

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    Whitman Variant. "Flashback!" Script by Bill Mantlo. Art by Sal Buscema (breakdowns) and Mike Esposito (finishes). Cover by Gil Kane and Frank Giacoia. The web-slinger's epic confrontation with the third Green Goblin is over. And now it's time for a walk down memory lane as the wondrous wall-crawler visits the grave of his departed Uncle Ben. Retelling of Spider-Man's origin. Flashback cameos by the Fantastic Four, Captain Stacy, Gwen Stacy, Mary Jane Watson, the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, and many other friends and foes. (Notes: This issue provides a comprehensive summary of the first 180 issues of the Amazing Spider-Man series. A few months earlier a similar story was published in Fantastic Four 190 to summarize the FF's adventures to date.) 32 pages. Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #183
    Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 183
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    Whitman Variant. "...And Where the Big Wheel Stops, Nobody Knows!" Part 2 of 2. Script by Marv Wolfman. Pencils by Ross Andru. Inks by Bob McLeod. Cover by Ross Andru and Ernie Chan. The Rocket Racer's extortion plan falls apart when the man he's blackmailing turns to the Terrible Tinkerer for help! And thanks to the old man's tinkering...the Big Wheel (aka Jackson Wheele) is born! The next day when the Big Wheel locates the Rocket Racer and the web-slinger (already fighting one another), the three-way battle begins! After the not-so-titanic tussle is over, Mary Jane finds Peter and gives him her answer. Perhaps someday she will change her mind. Cameo appearances by the Tinkerer, Toy, and Flash Thompson. (Notes: Mary Jane further explains why she turned down Peter's marriage proposal in Spectacular Spider-Man 21. Peter's second proposal takes place in Amazing Spider-Man 290. The Rocket Racer returns in Spectacular Spider-Man 104.) 32 pages. Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #184
    Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 184

    Whitman Variant. "White Dragon! Red Death!" Part 1 of 2. Script by Marv Wolfman. Pencils by Ross Andru. Inks by Frank Giacoia. Cover by Ross Andru and Bob McLeod. A disappointed Peter Parker walks back to his apartment and discovers Betty Brant (Leeds) inside! Hold on, didn't Betty marry Ned Leeds several months ago (in Amazing Spider-Man 156)? Yes, but now she's interested in Mr. Parker again! Oh my, Spidey is about to jump from the frying pan (Mary Jane) into the fire (Betty)! However before the web-slinger can tend to his affairs of the heart, he must tend to business in Chinatown! And as depicted on the dramatic cover, that business may be dangerous, fiery, lethal, or all of the above! First appearances of Phillip Chang and the White Dragon II. Cameo appearances by J. Jonah Jameson, Dr. Marla Madison, and John Jameson. 32 pages Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #185
    Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 185

    Whitman Variant. "Spider, Spider, Burning Bright!" Part 2 of 2. Script by Marv Wolfman. Pencils by Ross Andru. Inks by Mike Esposito. Cover by Ross Andru and Mike Esposito. The Spectacular Spider-Man is on fire in Chinatown! And hurtling towards the East River to save his life! Thankfully, the murky waters extinguish the flames and give the wall-crawler a chance to regroup! The following night the web-slinger returns to the Lower East Side to battle the White Dragon again! Will the way of the spider or the way of the (white) dragon prevail? Second story: At long last Peter Parker's graduation day from Empire State University is here! But Peter may want to check one more time with the registrars office...before walking across the stage! Cameo appearances by J. Jonah Jameson, Flash Thompson, Harry Osborn, Betty Brant, Joe Robertson, and Aunt May. (Notes: The White Dragon appears next in Marvel Team-Up 144. This issue concludes Ross Andru's remarkable 5-year run as the penciler of the Amazing Spider-Man series -- highlighted by the original clone saga and the creations of the Punisher, Jackal, and Tarantula.) 32 pages. Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #186
    Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 186

    Whitman Variant. "Chaos is the Chameleon!" Script by Marv Wolfman. Art by Keith Pollard (layouts) and Mike Esposito (finishes). Cover by Keith Pollard. What a happy day for the Amazing Spider-Man! The district attorney clears the web-slinger of all charges in the deaths of Norman Osborn and Captain George Stacy! And now the wall-crawler holds a press conference in Central Park to bask in the glow of his freedom! But an old adversary disrupts Spidey's joyous occasion! Can the spectacular one see through the Chameleon's brilliant disguise? Cameo appearances by Professor Spencer Smythe, Aunt May, Flash Thompson, and Betty Brant. (Notes: The Chameleon formerly appeared in Daredevil 134 and returns a decade later in Amazing Spider-Man 306 & 307. Keith Pollard begins his run (thru issue 205) as the primary artist on the Amazing Spider-Man title.) 32 pages Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #187
    Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 187

    Whitman Variant. "The Power of Electro!" Guest-starring Captain America. Plot by Marv Wolfman and Jim Starlin. Script by Marv Wolfman. Brilliant art by Jim Starlin (layouts) and Bob McLeod (finishes). Cover by Keith Pollard. It's an overstuffed tale featuring the star-spangled avenger, web-slinger, SHIELD, Electro, and the bubonic plague! When the Daily Bugle receives a tip that authorities have cordoned off the neighborhoods surrounding the Indian Point Power Station, Jonah sends his ace photographer to investigate! The web-slinger easily slips past the SHIELD agents, but runs into a problem after bumping into the Sentinel of Liberty! Cap wants the wall-crawler to leave the area ASAP! But Cap would think differently if he knew that an electrifying encounter awaits! The Amazing Spider-Man and Captain America vs. Electro! Cameo appearances by Dum Dum Dugan, J. Jonah Jameson, and Joe Robertson. (Notes: This is one of only three issues Jim Starlin drew for the Amazing Spider-Man title (1st series): issues 113, 114, and 187. More of Jim Starlin's artwork featuring Spider-Man can be seen in Marvel Two-in-One Annual 2. The web-slinger and Electro previously battled in Marvel Team-Up 56.) 32 pages Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #188
    Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 188
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    Whitman Variant. "The Jigsaw is Up!" Script by Marv Wolfman. Art by Keith Pollard (layouts) and Mike Esposito (finishes). Cover by Dave Cockrum and Terry Austin. After laying low for a few months, Jigsaw wants to return to a peaceful life of crime...by avoiding any and all super-heroes! So the disfigured hitman picks an easy target for his next caper: a midnight boat cruise around Manhattan! But poor Jigsaw doesn't know that a group of long-time friends have decided to take the boat ride too! Namely Flash, Sha Shan, Harry, Liz, Mary Jane, Betty, and Peter! Once Jigsaw grabs Harry and Liz at gunpoint, the wondrous wall-crawler swings into action! And Jigsaw's worst nightmare comes true: another clash with the Spectacular Spider-Man! Cameo appearances by John Jameson and Aunt May. (Notes: Jigsaw formerly appeared in Amazing Spiderman 162 and returns in the first issue of the Punisher Limited Series (1986). The letters page includes a lengthy letter from comics writer Kurt Busiek.) 32 pages Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #189
    Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 189

    Whitman Variant. "Mayhem by Moonlight!" Part 1 of 2. Script by Marv Wolfman. Art by John Byrne (breakdowns) and Jim Mooney (finishes). Cover by John Byrne and Bob McLeod. J. Jonah Jameson desperately searches for clues in the kidnapping of his son John! Fearing the worst the stressed out publisher of the Daily Bugle brings every resource to bear! While studying the facts, Joe Robertson realizes that the mysterious kidnapper may have a vendetta against not only Jonah, but the web-slinger too! Jonah doesn't care about Spider-Man though, he only wants to see his son again! And as shown on the terrific cover, J. Jonah Jameson will be reunited with his son! But will it be John the man...or the Man-Wolf? Cameo appearances by Aunt May, Betty Brant, Dr. Marla Madison, and Professor Spencer Smythe. (Notes: The web-slinger previously battled the Man-Wolf in Marvel Team-Up 37. This is one of only three issues John Byrne drew for the Amazing Spider-Man title (1st series): issues 189, 190, and 206.) Cover price $0.35.

  • Issue #192
    Amazing Spider-Man (1963 1st Series) Whitman Variants 192

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    Whitman Variant. "24 Hours Till Doomsday!" Part 2 of 2. Script by Marv Wolfman. Art by Keith Pollard (breakdowns) and Jim Mooney (finishes). Cover by Keith Pollard and Bob McLeod. The dynamic cover says it all! J. Jonah Jameson and the Amazing Spider-Man handcuffed together to a bomb...that's set to explode in 24 hours! Wow, what a revoltin' development! But it's the master plan of the dying Spencer Smythe! With time of the essence, the web-slinger and Jonah visit Dr. Curt Connors; however neither the good doctor nor NYPD's bomb squad can defuse the explosive! And to make matters worse, the Fearsome Fly attacks the desperate duo during their trek across town! With the timer ticking towards zero, the wall-crawler and the Daily Bugle publisher return to Smythe's lab for one final attempt to save themselves! It's now or never for your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man! Final appearance of Professor Spencer Smythe. Cameo appearances by Mary Jane Watson, Betty Brant, Flash Thompson, and Harry Osborn. First 40¢ issue. (Notes: The Fly formerly appeared in Amazing Spider-Man Annual 10. This story was reprinted in Amazing Spider-Man (2nd series) 20.) 32 pages. Cover price $0.40.