July 21, 2024

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Noteworthy Issues: The Amazing Spider-Man #110 (July, 1972)

It's...the Gibbon!

So, I thought I had covered the last Stan Lee-written issue about ten issues ago, but then he came back.  He’s not listed as the writer on the next issue.  But he may have some co-writer credits going forward?  I don’t really know, but if this is his last issue, he has one last original villain to toss into the mix and…well, he’s a monkey man, and not the fun kind played by Dev Patel.

Issue:  The Amazing Spider-Man #110, July 1972

Writer:  Stan Lee

Artist:  John Romita Sr.

Simian Specialist:  Jimmy Impossible

The Plot:  The Gibbon just wants people to stop laughing at him.

Commentary:  Let’s take a moment to honor the real hero of this issue:  Gwen Stacy.  She is the one to finally get through to Aunt May to stop talking to and treating Peter like a weak child.  Peter is an adult.  He should be treated like an adult.  Aunt May…she just gets really quiet and, from the looks of things, maybe moved away.  Now Peter wants to get her back because…oh, her heart or something along those lines.  We can’t have that nervous old biddy feeling bad, can we, Peter?

But there’s an obstacle, a guy Peter met earlier, a man named Marty Blank who’s pretty strong and agile and has a face like an ape for some reason.  Oh, his physical strength is no match for Spider-Man, not yet, but he’s pretty formidable, but he’s spent his whole life being laughed at.  And he doesn’t want to be laughed at anymore!

So, when he shows up in a gibbon suit and asks to be Spidey’s partner, and Spidey finds this hilarious for…some reason, well, Peter just made another enemy.  Yes, he’s a guy in a gorilla costume for all intents and purposes, and Peter doesn’t even have to try too hard to get away, but some sinister-looking stranger, he’ll see to it Peter has a more formidable enemy next time!

And…that’s Stan’s last new villain?  A guy in a monkey suit?

Maybe it’s right that he pass the writing duties off to someone else now.

Grade:  A-