Quote1 My secret is safe...for now! But what supreme irony! I was saved from a menace whom I myself helped to create... saved by the one he was created to destroy! Quote2
-- J. Jonah Jameson

Appearing in "The Coming of the Scorpion! OR: Spidey Battles Scorpey!"Edit

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Synopsis for "The Coming of the Scorpion! OR: Spidey Battles Scorpey!"Edit

As Peter walks home from school, his Spider-Sense tells him that someone is following him home and he tries to figure out who, but comes up empty. Meanwhile, J. Jonah Jameson is at The Daily Bugle and sees an article about a scientist who can create artificial mutations in animals. Jameson realizes he can use this to get rid of Spider-Man. We learn that the person following Peter actually is private investigator Mac Gargan, hired by J. Jonah Jameson to figure how he gets pictures of Spider-Man. Both Gargan and Jameson visit the laboratory of Dr. Farley Stillwell as Jameson offers the doctor $10,000 to mutate Mac Gargan stronger than Spider-Man. After the transformation, the doctor outfits Mac with a scorpion outfit, complete with an incredibly deadly tail.

As Spider-Man decides to revisit The Daily Bugle to investigate, as he leaves, he's attacked by Scorpion. Back at the lab, we see Dr. Stillwell realizing the awful mistake he's made, and figures out that Mac Gargan will lose himself and become eviler as time goes on. Spider-Man and Scorpion are fighting, and Spider-Man gets his own webbing thrown back at him and lays defeated. Scorpion elated with his victory defies Jameson and runs away to start his money-making crime spree. Dr. Stillwell catches up with Scorpion and tries to cure him, and in desperation climbs up a building after him but loses his grip and falls to his death. Scorpion and Spider-Man continue to trade blows when Spider-Man gets knocked down again and hears Betty Brant scream.

Scorpion knows that J. Jonah Jameson is the only person alive to know his true identity and realizes he must kill him as well. Spider-Man defeats Scorpion but J. Jonah Jameson comes out as the hero for catching Scorpion in his office with no one knowing his true origin.

Continuity Notes

  • The reason why Mac Gargan has been following Peter Parker since last issue is because Jameson wants to find out how Peter gets his exclusive photos of Spider-Man. In Amazing Spider-Man #2, Peter would only sell his photos to Jameson if he never asked how he got them. Peter manages to find a reasonable explanation in Amazing Spider-Man #46.

Publication Notes

  • This issue features a pin-up of Peter Parker and Spider-Man.
  • This issue features a letters page, The Spider's Web. Letters are published from Rhiman A Rotz, Ken Dixon, Mark Harkins, John Turner, Grey Rafferty, Charles Litchtman, Aldo Falchin, and Sandy Loomis. The letters page also features a Memo from the M.M.M.S. and The Mighty Marvel Checklist.
  • Credits: (the credits are a joke about readers asking why not Steve's name first, and Stan conceding, sort of)
    • Illustrated by: Steve Ditko
    • Written by: STAN LEE
    • Lettered by S. Rosen

  • The cover of this issue is one of the 32 that appear in the comic collection from the 2000 video game Spider-Man.

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  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks

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