Episode 48: The Amazing Vigilante (Amazing Spider-Man #1, Part 1) -- March 1963


In this episode:

In this episode Mike and Ed discuss the return of Spider-man. Why is the entertainer we loved last year running around punching criminals? Are the Daily Bugle’s attacks valid? Does the celebrity have a maturity problem? We recommend next steps if the Spiderman wants to salvage his career.

In this issue:

Peter Parker recounts his origin story as Spider-Manto himself, and how he went from being a celebrity superhuman to enemy #1 according to J. Jonah Jameson of the Daily Bugle. He then attends the rocket launch of J. Jonah Jameson’s son John. The rocket has been sabotaged, and the only way to rescue John is if a guidance doohickey is inserted into the rocket. Spider-Man volunteers for this dangerous mission and, in a stunning series of classic Ditko art, is able to insert the doohickey and save the day. Despite his amazing heroics, Spider-Man is still branded a menace by the Daily Bugle, and the FBI is on the lookout for him.

Spider-Man nonetheless continues trying to live the superhero life. He breaks into the Baxter Building and tries to join the Fantastic Four. He is dismayed to find out that he would not make any money as a member of the team, and leaves in a huff. Meanwhile, the supervillain the Chameleon, who can disguise himself as anyone he wants, frames Spider-Man and commits a robbery. Spider-Man chases the Chameleon down and battles him, ultimately leading to the Chameleon being taken into custody. Spider-Man is victorious, but remains a menace to the world at large.

Assumed before the next episode:

People are wondering why Spider-Man, that charming guy on the TV, is suddenly so bad.

This episode takes place:

After Spider-Man has performed two amazing heroic acts for which he does not receive any credit.