May 27, 2024

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Noteworthy Issues: The Amazing Spider-Man #100 (September, 1971)

Stan Lee's last issue? And it's...this?

Hey, it’s Stan Lee’s last issue as writer!  And he went out with an anniversary issue!  I wonder what…oh, that wasn’t what I was expecting at all…

Issue:  The Amazing Spider-Man #100, September 1971

Writer:  Stan Lee

Artist:  Gil Kane

Spidey’s Lab Assistant:  Jimmy Impossible

The Plot:  In an attempt to get rid of his spider-power, Peter does something drastic.

Commentary:  I was a wee bit surprised when most of this issue turned out to be a dream sequence.  Peter believes that in order to have a life with Gwen, he needs lose his powers.  That involves drinking down a serum that his science skills say should work, but even he notes isn’t exactly something he can test on anything other than himself.  He gulps the stuff down, passes out, and then finds himself swinging through the city, battling his worst foes while a mysterious but familiar voice calls to him.

A mysterious voice?  One that wants him to keep going and all?  Why, it must be Uncle Ben!  That makes sense for the 100th issue!

Oh wait, it’s actually Captain Stacy.  I mean, he was like a father figure to Peter and one of the only people Peter knows who supported his being Spider-Man.  He’s also dead, and this time, it wasn’t Peter’s fault.  It was Doc Ock’s.  Or that small child that decided to stand under falling rubble.  One of them.  People only blame Spider-Man because the people in this universe are kinda dumb.

That includes Peter.  That serum didn’t take his powers away.  It made him spout four more arms.  Oops.

And that is where Stan Lee left the book!  Yes, he left the series on a cliffhanger.  He’ll still be listed as the editor, but from here, Roy Thomas takes over writing duties, and as for Roy…I’m not really a fan for some reason.  I like Stan’s work, even if his contributions are, to put it mildly, controversial since many people claim he didn’t have much to do with the writing anyway.  But these were 100 issues of mostly good stuff even if I do make some fun of the bad science and baffling character decisions where I can.  And somehow, it doesn’t surprise me to see Stan just left before he could do anything with those extra arms.  Or maybe he did and Roy just wrote dialogue or something.  I’m not sure, but I did like Stan’s run.

And I’ll at least stick around to see how much Roy Thomas’s run works for me from here.   But this 100th issue?  Yeah, it was just Spidey in a dream beating on his tougher foes for a page or so each.  That’s…something.

Grade:  A-