April 24, 2024

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Noteworthy Issues: The Amazing Spider-Man #93 (February, 1971)

Spidey is still wanted for murder, maybe, so the Prowler goes out looking for him.

Well, Spidey may have ruined Sam Bullit’s political career (a little attempted murder should do that), but that doesn’t mean he still isn’t wanted for murder…despite the fact it was a total accident and it was more Doctor Octopus’s fault…

Issue:  The Amazing Spider-Man #93, February 1971

Writer:  Stan Lee

Artist:  John Romita Sr

Spidey’s Defense Attorney:  Jimmy Impossible

The Plot:  The Prowler decides to bring Spider-Man in!

Commentary:  The Prowler is, at first glance, an unlikely sort of guy to go after Spider-Man.  I mean, his hero/villain name suggests a thief of some kind, and that is how he got started out.  Plus, he’s mostly retired from the costume game after his first outing, only helping Spidey keep his secret identity somewhat recently.  Of course, that is the reason why Hobie Brown put on a new set of duds to bring in Spider-Man, just as Peter had finally decided to tell Gwen his secret identity.  Hobie needs to make sure he didn’t help a murderer so he can have a clear conscience.

I do want to give the plot credit here:  Peter mostly tries to avoid Hobie and then only fights defensively.  He even saves Hobie’s life because Peter is an all-around good guy even if the science whiz never figured out that that if the police and other costumed types are looking for Spider-Man, maybe he could stop being Spider-Man.  He says in this issue he’s just addicted to the action, so why not come up with a new identity?  What if he were the Sensational Human Moth?  I mean, he’d need some wings, but that shouldn’t be too hard for a science major to whip up.  Or why not just do like Daredevil and find some non-spider-based codename.  He could be, maybe, Improbable Man!  That sounds good.  I mean, I just thought of that.

Eh, regardless, it looks like Gwen left town, and Peter is alone again.

Man, Peter’s not very bright.  I mean, he could have just, I dunno, stopped being Spider-Man until the heat blew over.  But nooooooooo.  Oh well, at least it’s not Aunt May.

Wait, who’s that on the next issue cover?

Grade:  A