Welcome one and all to The Time Capsule! In this feature I’ll be highlighting an entire month of core titles for one character until his/her story is complete. The character that I’m currently focusing on is none other than Spider-Man. I’ll list any notable debuts, big moments, and favourite scenes from each issue. Hope everyone enjoys it as much as I enjoyed journeying back through time to put it together. Let me share the memories with you!
Amazing Spider-Man #3 marked Spider-Man’s first use of his beacon light. He’d use it to make a dramatic entrance while announcing to the helpless criminals that he has arrived on the scene. ________________________________________________________
Our first introduction to one of Spider-Man’s most famous foes, Otto Octavius aka Doctor Octopus. The name Doctor Octopus is what his co-workers called him due to the set of mechanical arms he created to aid him in his experiments.________________________________________________________
Otto is revealed to be bonded with his artificial arms, these appendages haven adhered to his body. The major concern however is the brain damage that he sustained in the accident.________________________________________________________
He learns that the accident has given him the power to control his mechanical arms as if they were an extension of his body. Supervillain turn complete!________________________________________________________
Spider-Man is surprised to see that the “injured scientist” is in fact keeping the hospital’s staff hostage and is excited at the prospect of seeing action. ________________________________________________________
Spider-Man discovers that his webbing is not as strong as he once thought.________________________________________________________
Johnny Storm, unable to fight Doctor Octopus just yet due to his powers needing to recharge, attends Peter’s school to address the assembled students.________________________________________________________
He manages to evade the villain’s gazing eye and gets to work concocting a solution to his problems, once again showing that not only does he flex his muscles but his brains as well.________________________________________________________
Spider-Man learns that the best way to attack Doctor Octopus is straight on and webs the villain’s glasses for the first of many times over the years.________________________________________________________
He lays out Otto with a single knockout blow, reinforcing the point that while his arms and mind are dangerous, Doc Ock’s body is still fragile to physical harm.________________________________________________________
The story ends with Flash Thompson, the boy who picks on Peter all the time, revealing his admiration for Spider-Man a fact that Peter finds quite enjoyable indeed.________________________________________________________
This issue marked the debut of one of Spider-Man’s Top 2 foes in his entire history, Doctor Octopus. Here was a villain that had the physical strength from the result of an accident but also had a vast intellect to do battle with the Web-Crawler. He was in a way, almost a dark reflection of Spider-Man and a villain that would plague Spider-Man to this very day in one form or the other. This issue also marked the first time in this series that Spider-Man was shown actively seeking out a crime to thwart instead of being in the right place at the right time. While the whole “Johnny Storm can’t battle Doc Ock because of his weakened powers so he decided to go to a high school and speak at an assembly” plotline was a little odd, it did succeed in getting our hero motivated and was the first step in establishing the friendship between the two heroes that would last for their entire careers. Spider-Man is well on his way to becoming a true hero, his trademark repertoire continues to grow, and now he has his first villain that is truly worthy of his attention
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