Appearing in "Nothing Can Stop... the Sandman!"Edit
- Aunt May Parker
- J. Jonah Jameson
- Flash Thompson
- Betty Brant (First appearance)
- Liz Allan
- Seymour O'Reilly
- Sally Avril
- Jessica Jones
- Sandman (Flint Marko) (First appearance) (Origin revealed)
- Principal Davis
- Peter Parker's High School Classmates
- Unnamed petty crooks
- New York Police
- Human Torch (Mentioned)
- United States of America
- Spider-Man's Suit
- Spider-Man's Web-Shooters
- Spider-Man's Utility Belt
- Spider-Man's Spider-Signal
- Spider-Man's Belt Camera
Synopsis for "Nothing Can Stop... the Sandman!"Edit
Spider-Man sees a few punks casing a jewelry store and webs them up before they can rob it. However, the thugs threaten to sue Spider-Man for assault and battery! Spider-Man must flee when they call the cops, since all the evidence makes him look guilty. Spider-Man blames Jameson for this treatment and leaves him a little souvenir in his office. After leaving Jameson's office, Spider-Man runs into the Sandman on a rooftop. Sandman gets the best of Spider-Man, and Spider-Man's mask is torn in the process, so he must flee before his identity is revealed. While at home sewing up his mask, Peter Parker learns the identity of the Sandman during a news bulletin. Originally an escaped convict, Sandman hid on a beach at a radioactive testing facility. During one of the tests, he was exposed to radioactivity, and his body gained the power to act as if it were made of sand. The bulletin also shows Sandman robbing a bank and fleeing the police.
The next morning, Peter decides to try to ask Jameson for an advance before he heads to class, but the newspaperman angrily throws him out of the office. Peter heads off to school, and overhears Flash asking Liz about going on a date with Peter. Peter had forgotten all about it and has to cancel, so that he can capture Sandman. Of course, Liz does not take this too well. Meanwhile, Sandman starts to realize that he can't keep on the run and must hide out. As fate would have it, he decides Midtown High looks like a good place. Sandman barges into a classroom to hide. This classroom, however, is full of students getting a lecture from the principal. Sandman demands a diploma and threatens to teach the principal a lesson when the diploma demand is rejected. Peter, running errands in the hallway, overhears the dispute.
Peter quickly changes, and Spider-Man bursts in, knocking Sandman back. They battle it out before Spider-Man tricks Sandman into turning into sand and vacuums him up with an industrial vacuum cleaner. Spider-Man realizes that he should have gotten pictures for the Bugle, so he uses a bucket of sand and some acting to stage photos. Spider-Man hands the vacuum bag with Sandman in it to the police, while Jameson tries to convince the Captain to arrest Spider-Man as well. Spider-Man ducks back into the school and, after another quick costume change, bumps into Jameson as Peter and gives him the film of the Sandman battle. Peter finds Liz to let her know that he can still take her out, but she has made other plans with Flash. Flash makes one too many insults, and Peter finally has had enough and threatens to wipe the smile off Flash's face. Before he throws a punch, Peter realizes that his super-strength could seriously injure Flash. Peter lets him go and walks away, making everyone think he's chicken. As Peter walks home from school, he hears everyone agreeing with Jameson's opinions of Spider-Man. Alone in his room, Peter searches his soul for the reason he decided to be Spider-Man.
- The prison from which "Flint Marko" escapes before becoming the Sandman is Ryker's Island Prison, called simply "Island Prison" in this story;
- This issue is reprinted in other comics and books, see references for more info.
- The cover of this issue is one of the 32 that appear in the comic collection from the video game Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro.
- In the second story of Amazing Spider-Man #601 ("The Best Version of Myself"), it is claimed that a face in the crowd of Midtown High students on page 12, panel 7, in the lower right of Amazing Spider-Man #4 is actually Jessica Jones, a retcon which would make that her first chronological appearance. On November 22, 2015, however, Brian Michael Bendis claimed on his blog that her first appearance is actually Alias #1.
Links and ReferencesEdit
- ↑ The first story is reprinted in the following comics/TPB's:
- Marvel Collectors' Item Classics Vol 1 2
- Marvel Tales Vol 2 141
- Essential Series Vol 1 Spider-Man 1
- Spider-Man Classics Vol 1 5
- Pocket Book Series Vol 1 Amazing Spider-Man 1
- Marvel Masterworks Amazing Spider-Man 1
- Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus Vol 1 1
- Epic Collection Vol 1 Amazing Spider-Man 1
- Spider-Man Collectible Series Vol 1 7
- ↑ http://www.spiderfan.org/comics/reviews/spiderman_amazing/004.html
- ↑ http://brianmichaelbendis.tumblr.com/post/133744239592/currently-it-is-widely-accepted-by-the-comicbook
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