- I hope they find that horrible Spider-Man and lock him up before he can do any harm!
- -- Aunt May
Appearing in "Spider-Man"Edit
- May Reilly Parker (Aunt May)
- Ben Parker (Uncle Ben) (Mentioned)
- Daily Bugle
- J. Jonah Jameson (First appearance)
- Burglar (Only in flashback)
- John Jameson (First appearance)
- Maxie Shiffman
- Liz Allan
- Sally Avril
- Flash Thompson
- Seymour O'Reilly
- May Parker's Landlord
- Army personnel
- United States of America
- John Jameson's Space Capsule
Synopsis for "Spider-Man"Edit
With the Parker household desperate for money following the death of Ben Parker, Peter Parker decides to continue in show business as Spider-Man. However, not only does he find it impossible to cash his paycheck (made out to Spider-Man), but the irrational editorials by J. Jonah Jameson in the Daily Bugle effectively quelch his career. Besides denouncing Spider-Man as a publicity-seeking phony, J. Jonah Jameson also publishes articles lauding his son, John Jameson, a courageous astronaut about to be launched into orbit in a space capsule. J. Jonah Jameson calls his son a "real hero."
The day of the launch finds Peter Parker at the launch site as an observer. The rocket takes off successfully, but a guidance system error causes it to go wildly off course and re-enter the atmosphere. Spider-Man appears at the launch site and offers to replace the defective 24-3B guidance unit in the plunging capsule with a spare. Because there is no way for the military to get to the capsule in time, they allow Spider-Man to try.
Spider-Man commandeers an aircraft and pilot, and together they fly toward the space capsule's re-entry point. Although the capsule is falling fast, Spider-Man manages to get hold of it with his webbing and climbs aboard. He quickly replaces the faulty guidance unit. As a result, John Jameson regains control of the capsule, gets it properly oriented, and opens its parachute. To the joy of all concerned, the astronaut is saved.
Thinking that Spider-Man has at last proved himself, Peter Parker is shocked when he reads J. Jonah Jameson's editorial in the next edition of the Daily Bugle. Spider-Man is accused of deliberately sabotaging the space capsule and staging the rescue as a publicity stunt. With public opinion turning against Spider-Man with each new editorial in the Daily Bugle, Peter Parker's position is as hopeless as ever.
Appearing in "Spider-Man Vs. the Chameleon!"Edit
- Fantastic Four
- Chameleon (Dmitri Smerdyakov) (First appearance)
- New York City, New York State
Synopsis for "Spider-Man Vs. the Chameleon!"Edit
Still looking for a way to use his powers to make money, Spider-Man decides to try and join the Fantastic Four. He enters the Baxter Building, escapes a "plexi-glass cage" trap, and battles the four heroes. After explaining his intentions, he learns that the Fantastic Four are a non-profit organization and earn no salaries. He leaves disappointed, vowing to make the group "look like pikers."
Meanwhile, the Chameleon is using his "multi-pocket disguise vest" to infiltrate a defense installation in the Lark Building at the edge of New York City. Later that night, while mulling over the defense plans he has stolen, he hears about Spider-Man's visit to the Fantastic Four's headquarters. He deduces that Spider-Man has no legitimate way to earn a living and must be short of money. He once more infiltrates the defense installation, and, disguised as Spider-Man, steals the remainder of the missile defense plans. Spider-Man, who had been contacted with a phony job offer by the Chameleon on a special frequency that only his Spider Sense can pick up, arrives at the defense installation just after the Chameleon's departure. The security guards try to capture him, thinking he has stolen the plans.
Evading capture, Spider-Man uses his elastic webbing to sling himself out over the harbor, then spins a web parachute to land safely. He grabs a boat and follows the Chameleon's helicopter to a waiting Soviet submarine. He quickly gains control of the helicopter, and he and the Chameleon return to the Lark Building. The Chameleon disguises himself as one of the security guards to avoid arrest, but after a brief battle he is captured. Unfortunately, during the battle the guards believe that Spider-Man is the Chameleon in disguise, forcing Spider-Man to flee. He departs, rueful of the way things never seem to turn out right.
- In "Spider-Man" letters are credited to Johnny Dee.
- The Chameleon is Spider-Man's first costumed foe.
- The second Story features the first time Spider-Man makes a web parachute, the first time he used his webbing like a slingshot, and the first time he uses his Spider Sense.
- This issue is reprinted in Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Pocket Books), Essential Spider-Man Volume #1, Marvel Tales #138 and Marvel Milestone Edition: The Amazing Spider-Man #1.
- references: Amazing Fantasy #15
- Peter Parker's last name is given incorrectly as "Palmer" in the second story.
- The cover of this issue appears in the comic galleries from the video games The Amazing Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin (Sega CD version only) and Spider-Man.
- Spider-Man meets the Fantastic Four for the first time.
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- Cover gallery for the Amazing Spider-Man series
- Images from Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 1
- Spider-Man last appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15; He appears next in Amazing Spider-Man #2 (Next Issue).
- Mister Fantastic, the Invisible Girl and the Thing last appeared in Fantastic Four #9; They all appear next in Fantastic Four #10.
- The Human Torch last appeared in Fantastic Four #9; He appears next in Strange Tales #104.
- The Chameleon appears next in Amazing Spider-Man #15.
- John Jameson appears next in Amazing Spider-Man #41.
- A more detailed version of Spider-Man's battle with the Fantastic Four at the beginning of the second story appears as the second story in Fantastic Four Annual #1.
- Spider-Man meets the Fantastic Four for the first time.
Links and ReferencesEdit
- Information on Amazing Spider-Man #1 at www.samruby.com
- Amazing Spider-Man #1 at The Complete Marvel Reading Order
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