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!
Chalk one up for the criminals! Spider-Man flees from this no-win situation and assigns the blame of his latest failure to Jameson’s negative propaganda.________________________________________________________
He catches up to the villain and we are greeted with the first appearance of Flint Marko aka the Sandman. Though it may be their first time meeting, Spider-Man has heard of the Sandman by reputation. Why do they call him the Sandman you ask?________________________________________________________
…so he flees. He can’t take the chance that the Sandman will recognize him…but why would a renowned thief recognize some nobody high school kid?________________________________________________________
…plus two. A simple origin: criminal escapes from jail, hides in an atomic devices testing centre, gets caught in a nuclear test explosion on the beach, and has his very molecules merge with the sand. Stan Lee’s most inventive origin so far on this series! ________________________________________________________
Jonah falls for Spidey’s earlier prank hook, line, and sinker. We also get our first appearance of Betty Brant, a character that we’ll be seeing a lot more of as this series progresses. I don’t want to get into spoilers but let’s just say she is an indelible addition to Spider-Man’s growing cast of characters.________________________________________________________
Peter returns to school where it turns out he is going to go out on a date with Liz Allan. Why is the school’s most popular girl going out with the school’s biggest nerd? She says it’s because he’s asked her so many times and she didn’t have the heart to turn him down again. Wow, persistence pays off, huh?________________________________________________________
But Peter plain forgot about it and has to cancel due to his “other commitments” as Spider-Man. Liz sure looks upset about it though. Do you think maybe…nah. It couldn’t be possible…could it?________________________________________________________
Unfortunately for him it is the same high school that Peter Parker attends. What a coincidence. Also, that sure is a big vacuum cleaner there. We haven’t seen the last of that apparatus, that’s for sure. Hint, hint. ________________________________________________________
Sandman never graduated from high school and suddenly demands that the principal writes him a diploma to rectify that obvious injustice. A strange request for sure but one that the principal is unwilling to fulfil.________________________________________________________
He grabs a drill threatening that it can bore through anything but Sandman just turns to granules to avoid it. Unfortunately for the villain this is all part of Spider-Man’s master plan.________________________________________________________
He grabs the nearby vacuum cleaner he spotted earlier and sucks the Sandman up. With victory in hand, Spider-Man utters for the first time ever the phrase “courtesy of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man!” It is a phrase that would be repeated countless times over the years, so much in fact that Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man even became the title of an ongoing series.________________________________________________________
Spider-Man recreates his fight with the Sandman by throwing some regular sand in the air and pretending to do battle. “Since this happened a few minutes ago, it can’t be unethical.” So says Spider-Man as he fakes the photos. Whatever will let you sleep at night, Peter.________________________________________________________
The police want a full report on the incident and Jonah wants to grill our young hero. Spider-Man refuses the former because he doesn’t want Jameson to incite a wave of hysteria that will get him arrested side-by-side with the Sandman.________________________________________________________
Jonah chases after Spider-Man and encounters Peter in the school. He gives Jameson the pictures of the Spider-Man-Sandman “battle”. Jameson, ever the cheapskate says he’ll just deduct the cost of developing them from Peter’s paycheck. Okay, maybe I don’t feel so bad about Peter making those fake photos after all.________________________________________________________
Jameson laments about all the damage that Spider-Man caused in the school and how they would have been better off if he hadn’t interfered in the first place. The police aren’t buying into Jonah’s crusade against the wall-crawler though, appreciating the help from Spider-Man even.________________________________________________________
With Sandman defeated, Peter has time to go out on that date with Liz but she’s already made other plans with Flash now. Flash shows his trademark bad attitude yet again but this time it finally pushes Peter past the boiling point. In a scene recreated in countless adaptations of Spider-Man, Peter grabs Flash out of anger…________________________________________________________
…but stops sort of following through with his threat fearing he’d expose himself and cause serious harm to Flash. Liz can’t believe what she is seeing.________________________________________________________
Peter walks home and sees how the general public really thinks of Spider-Man. He may have won the fight with the Sandman but in regards to his public perception he lost the fight to Jonah.________________________________________________________
Peter had a bad end to his day to match his bad start. He once again contemplates giving up being Spider-Man but comes to his senses and hopes the public will one day see him as the hero he truly is.________________________________________________________
Early on so far, while he may have some colourful villains to square off against, Spider-Man’s biggest adversary is actually J. Jonah Jameson. Using the power of the press he causes just as much if not more grief than a regular old super villain can hope to inflict on our young hero. Peter went from being bullied and persecuted in high school to now being bullied and persecuted as Spider-Man by Jonah. No matter how much good he does Jonah is always there ready to spin it however he pleases. The sad part is…Jonah’s rants are working as was clearly evident in this issue. From the public to even the criminals, the only people so far immune seem to be a select few students and the police force. Imagine going out and risking your life and then having the public chastise you for it. It would break any man yet alone a high school student. Elsewhere, the intriguing sub-plot concerning Liz Allan pops up in this issue. The first woman in Peter’s life that has potential romantic feelings for him is something to watch as is the development of Betty Brant. While she only appeared in a few panels, her role is about to become much larger. As for the Sandman, he was the first real super-powered villain Spider-Man had to square off against but a villain he was once again able to defeat with his lethal combination of physical ability and intelligence. This issue also marks the last one on the bimonthly schedule. Due to the book really connecting with its audience, Spider-Man would be churning out an issue every month from here on out. Good news for Marvel and good news for us loyal readers as well!
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