still nursing an injured arm from the previous issue, Spidey interrupts the Shocker at
work, a fairly routine robbery. However, before we realize, Shocker proves to be a
formidable foe, and handily gains first victory over the wall-crawler.
recovers later, and after a few close calls on his secret identity, he's back on the trail
of ol' Shocky. There's also a brief origin account of the Shocker (he's basically an
inventive thief who developed his shock powers while trying to escape from prison).
Here we see Spidey catching up
with Shocker at the Federal Reserve Bank. (I think this is a great angle for this
panel, from the P.O.V. of Shocker's kneecap, there's more drama, a sense of impending
Spidey dopes out that
his powers come from his costume, and the rest is history. There are some really
great action scenes between the two, but here's the climax of
The Good: I LOVE
John Romita (Sr.)'s artwork. Always have. Always will. But unfortunately
it's hard to find cheap... except in Marvel Tales. These are always great finds.
The Bad: Ok, so
Shocker's an inventive thief. And Peter Parker's got some personal problems.
It would be great to see Spider-Man take Shocker as a more personal threat... say, if he
menaced Gwen or even Jonah Jameson while trying to escape.
The Bottom Line: A
good action story, worth the quarter but it's not a real memorable story as it's written.
However, given the way Spider-Man's popularity has been lately, maybe it's time to
be taking a closer look at those old issues. Sometimes I feel like Flash Thompson,
who's the only one rooting for Spidey even when everyone else hates him (and who doesn't,
after he got "Byrned"?)