Episode 77 - Homegrown Super Villain? (The Amazing Spider-Man #4) -- September 1963

  
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In this episode:

Mike and Ed discuss the origins of Flint Marco, “The Sandman”. How easily will his powers be duplicated, now that we know how he got them? Also, given that he is a super-powered threat within New York City, why wasn’t he dispatched by one of our official super-teams? Did someone forget to “call the ball”? Why was Marco left for Spider-Man to deal with?

In this issue:

Spider-Man is… having trouble with his crime fighting career. You see, the street thugs have figured out that they can just call the cops when Spider-Man tries to stop them from committing a crime, and the cops may just believe that Spider-Man, the masked vigilante, may be the bad guy. One night, Spider-Man comes across a different problem, the Sandman, a criminal who can turn his body (and his clothing) to sand. Sandman soundly defeats Spider-Man, who races away in disgrace, leaving the Sandman to continue on with his crime spree. The Sandman also attains some notoriety as the evening news recounts how he gained his powers when he came across an atomic devices testing center and was caught in the blast (much like the Hulk). Anyway, the Sandman, while evading the police, ends up at Peter Parker’s high school. Peter changes into his Spider-Man duds and battles the Sandman, ultimately defeating him by vacuuming him up while he is in his particulate sand form.

Assumed before the next episode:

People are wondering how easy it is to gain fantastic powers.

This episode takes place:

After the Sandman has been defeated by Spider-Man.