Episode 94: Freedom of the Press and Personal Flying Machines (Amazing Spider-Man #7) -- December 1963


In this episode:

Mike and Ed discuss the pattern of supervillains breaking out of jail. Should there be greater measures placed on these super-prisoners? What about the Vulture’s technology - is it superior to Iron Man’s flying technology? The Vulture’s technology could revolutionize society! Also: do we need to worry about superheroes assaulting members of the press, like Spider-Man apparently did with the publisher of the Daily Bugle? Where does that lead?

In this issue:

The Vulture is a model prisoner. So much so that he is allowed to work in the machine shop, whereupon he creates a rough version of his personal flying device and flies away to freedom. He thereafter returns to his life of crime, stealing from businesses. He easily defeats Spider-Man when they meet up high above the New York skyline, although the next time they meet, Spidey gets the upper hand and takes the villain down. After defeating the Vulture, Spider-Man visits J. Jonah Jameson at the Daily Bugle and webs his mouth shut, out of anger at the newsman.

Assumed before the next episode:

People are wondering why prisons are suddenly so porous.

This episode takes place:

After the Vulture has been recaptured.