February 24, 2024

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Noteworthy Issues: The Amazing Spider-Man #75 (August, 1969)

Spider-Man races against time to rescue Curt Connors and his family from the Maggia!

Wait, 75 issues?  I’ve seen far to many series where the 75th issue would be extra-sized or something, but nope, this is an ordinary issue in every way.

That just means it’s completely nuts, just the way I like it.

Issue:  The Amazing Spider-Man #75, August 1969

Writer:  Stan Lee

Artist:  John Romita Sr

The Plot:  Silvermane ain’t an old man anymore!

Commentary:  Well, the tablet actually did something:  it had the formula for eternal youth on it.  Curt Connors figured it out, Silvermane drank the results, and then he smacked Man-Mountain Marko around because in the world of Spider-Man, you really don’t need superpowers to take on someone like him or even Spider-Man later on.  Plus, it sure was convenient for the Maggia, under Silvermane’s direction, to kidnap the entire Connors family and save Peter a trip to Florida later.  He can’t exactly afford that.

But there is one little catch and that that Silvermane’s youth keeps on comin’.  Yeah, that’s a nice, deceptive cover there.  Does someone die?  Well, I guess.  Silvermane does get better.  I’ve seen that guy around as the cyborg mobster.  But he isn’t exactly one of Spider-Man’s friends or anyone Spidey would miss or even know well.  Spidey just realizes what Silvermane figured out too late:  that he’s going to keep getting younger until there’s nothing left because he hasn’t been born yet or something.  I mean, I guess that’s death.  I’m not sure.

By the by, Silvermane in his younger forms first looked like Reed Richards, and then later he looked like Peter Parker.  Then he looked like a pile of clothes and Spidey just quietly exiting the room.

Well, that should just about do it for the tablet mess.  But wait, would this series bring Connors back without turning him into the Lizard?  What w waste that would be if they didn’t.

It’s a good thing the Lizard is back then.

Grade:  A