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!
The issue starts with Jonah delivering one of his Anti-Spider-Man tirades over the television. Flash Thompson thinks Spider-Man is the coolest (if he only knew) but Peter speaks up by defending Jameson (to avoid suspicion).________________________________________________________
Doctor Doom is buying what Jonah’s selling, believing that Spider-Man is in fact a menace to society and thusly would be the perfect partner for him to fight the Fantastic Four with.________________________________________________________
Spider-Man encounters Doctor Doom for the first time who pleads his case to Spider-Man all the while secretly intending to backstab him once the duo defeats the Fantastic Four.________________________________________________________
…and wraps Doom up in some webbing. Unfortunately for Spider-Man, this Doctor Doom is merely a Doombot and the real one makes his presence known. ________________________________________________________
Doctor Doom vows to learn Spider-Man’s true identity in order to capture him and use him as bait to lure his hated rivals, the Fantastic Four, into a trap.________________________________________________________
Spider-Man’s ready to re-engage Doom but the villain has already blown-up the building to cover his tracks leaving Spider-Man to only shoot some pics of the fire and…get blamed for blowing up the building in the first place. Can’t the guy catch a break?________________________________________________________
Peter sells the pictures to Jonah but he mentions he would have loved them better if they had shown that Spider-Man was behind the fire. Peter decides to speak up and question Jonah about what his true motivations are. Betty Brant backs Peter up and he realizes that he might just have an ally in the Daily Bugle…and a pretty one at that.________________________________________________________
Meanwhile, Flash decides to pull a prank on Parker to get back at him for besmirching his hero’s good name. His plan is to dress as Spider-Man and scare Parker straight.________________________________________________________
Elsewhere, Doctor Doom has created a device that allows him to track Spider-Man with the aim to catch him off-guard by attacking his civilian identity.________________________________________________________
Doom mistakes Flash for Spider-Man and kidnaps the helpless bully away, unbeknownst to our hero. If Flash hadn’t been there Peter’s secret would most definitely had been found out!________________________________________________________
Doctor Doom hits the television airwaves to issue his demands.: for the freedom of Spider-Man he wants the Fantastic Four to disband and surrender to him. ________________________________________________________
Peter thinks it is all a trick by Doom until Liz phones and explains that Flash is missing…and that Flash had been wearing a Spider-Man suit. Peter puts two and two together and deduces that Doom has captured Flash. He’s confident that the Fantastic Four will never give into Doom’s demands and that he has seen the last of Flash Thompson. He’s fine with that until he ultimately comes to his senses and decides to save Flash instead.________________________________________________________
Spider-Man wisely disables Doctor Doom’s miniature finger-gun but that is not the only weapon Doom has in his arsenal. The villain proceeds to unleash his full wealth of deathtraps on our hero.________________________________________________________
But Spider-Man uses his brains and fires a webline to Doom in order to flow the charge back onto the villain which forces him to shut the trap off.________________________________________________________
Just then, the Fantastic Four arrive and Doctor Doom flees to fight another day, resigning to the fact that he can not overcome the combined might of the five heroes.________________________________________________________
Spider-Man sees the reason Doom ran and then realizes that he must return home immediately as Aunt May must be worried that he didn’t return home from his errand yet…completely forgetting about Flash Thompson in the process.________________________________________________________
Flash is worried for his safety promising that he’ll never ask for trouble again if he escapes this ordeal with his life. Sure thing Flash…I’ll believe it when I see it.________________________________________________________
The Fantastic Four rescue Flash realizing that there is no way he could be Spider-Man but Mr. Fantastic does find signs that the real Spider-Man was indeed there.________________________________________________________
Jonah’s mad that Peter didn’t get any pictures but Betty tells Peter not to feel bad as she thinks he’s wonderful. Wonderful? That word rattles around in his mind as his feelings for her begin to emerge. The next day, Peter returns to school ready to seem a very humble Flash.________________________________________________________
The issue ends with Flash bragging that he was the reason that Doctor Doom fled and Peter can’t believe what he is hearing. Same old Flash indeed!________________________________________________________
Blossoming love, growing alliances, and Doom is what awaited us this with this issue. It marked the first time that Spider-Man battled a villain that was not one of his own but rather the Fantastic Four’s arch-nemesis, Doctor Doom. Though I consider this issue to be the weakest so far it’s not without its positives. One such positive was Peter showing he can be the bigger man by rescuing the boy who has tormented him throughout high school, a boy who got caught only because he was about to pull a prank on Peter, albeit a prank that was in defense of his favourite hero Spider-Man. For this fact, I admire that Peter doesn’t let his personal feelings get in the way of his heroic duties as Spider-Man. Another positive was Peter’s developing feelings for Betty Brant, someone he never really noticed until now. Peter is somewhat taken aback by this revelation and this moment starts a relationship between these two that would change and grow as the years go by. As for the villain, Doctor Doom proved Spider-Man’s superior but the sight of Doom fleeing after merely seeing the Fantastic Four’s arrival was a little strange considering the type of bad guy he one day becomes. I’d be remiss not to mention that Jonah’s propaganda was once again the catalyst for our story. Doom himself believed that Spider-Man was such a menace that he even wanted to team-up with him and it’s this negative press that led Spider-Man to believe that the Fantastic Four would never attempt a rescue in the first place. What he should take away from this issue is that not everyone believes in Jonah’s agenda as was evident by Betty backing Peter up and the Fantastic Four swooping in to aid their fellow hero despite their rocky history up to this point in time. Spider-Man’s relationships grow stronger with each passing month and his love life has just started to get complicated.
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