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1388: Amazing Spider-Man #100 (v1)

" The Spider or the Man? "
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Amazing Spider-Man #100 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: John Romita Sr.
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Gil Kane
Inkers: Frank Giacoia
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: September 1971
Release Date: June 1971
Story Arc: The Six Arms Saga (1 of 3)
Pages: 19
Cover Price: $0.15
Times Read: 426                 Times Rated: 247
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Peter makes the decision to turn his back on Spider-Man and creates a formula to take away his powers. Is this the end of Spider-Man?
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Spider-Man last appeared in Marvel Team-Up #2 (v1). Spider-Man next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #101 (v1).
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Web-Shooters last appeared in Marvel Team-Up #2 (v1). Web-Shooters next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #101 (v1).
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  Kez Says:    
  2012-06-22 04:29:05  
  The only interesting part of this whole story is the last page. Looking forward to seeing where it goes.

Problem with these "100th issue!" things is they always seem to try and wedge in a bunch of villains in some contrived manner, leading to a pretty poor story.

  Wady Says:    
  2012-10-30 20:00:30  
  Full recap issue same old, same old  

  Duhhaag Says:    
  2012-11-14 05:38:12  
  Well, give me 100 ssues of this stuff instead of one DD issue  

  Xythe Says:    
  2013-05-02 07:51:39  

  danico Says:    
  2013-10-31 21:22:49  
  The only person to pull off the "it was all a dream" sequence was Bob Newhart; aside from that, they are pretty much all terrible.  

  DrBaxter Says:    
  2013-11-04 14:40:04  
  Probably the worst Amazing Spider-man issue so far. Maybe if we're not told that it's a dream it could work but nothing at all is revealed.

I gave it a 2 instead of a 1 because of the final page.

  Durango55 Says:    
  2013-11-04 15:04:26  
  The great cover is betrayed by the story inside.

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-06 17:56:05  
  A regular sized anniversary issue? Nowadays, you get 7 variant holographic, 3D cover triple-sized issues for every 25th issue.  

  Garfieldicus Says:    
  2014-03-20 20:43:04  
  Looks like it's time to start buying underarm deodorant by the case.  

  Magik_Rune Says:    
  2014-03-24 09:10:42  
  I give that one 2 stars. It would have been only one without the arms thing at the end.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-02-01 13:59:03  
  This is one of the spider-man stories I've been waiting for! A little disappointed it's only 3 issues long.  

  specialque Says:    
  2015-02-14 09:22:47  
  I hate these 100th issues. Stop trying to go overboard with the villains, just give us a good story. I did, however, LOVE that last box: "There'll be no cop-out, we promise you! Spidey is really awake! He has six arms!"  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-02-18 01:53:48  
  Pete...didn't we just have some stories about drug use? Then you cook some acid and trip through your hundredth issue!! And how many times do we have to do the "Why am I Spider-Man" when you always get the same answer. It was fun, but pointless.  

  ViolentPhlegm Says:    
  2015-03-25 17:44:37  
  A really terrible example of a dream issue. Page after page of encounters with villains that you know have no consequence. After that, things got a little weird.  

  jwerth Says:    
  2015-05-18 22:20:17  
  I kind of enjoyed this one, because Stan did a good job exploring Pete's many different insecurities. It was actually a pretty decent view into his mind and issues. More plot would have been nice, but it worked as a character piece.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-04-07 20:29:56  
  2 stars for Spidey now being able to be a Foosball Wizard!!!

Cover Me - Chalk up another great Spidey cover!!!

'Nuff Said - "Captain Stacy--wait! Don't go--"-Spidey

  ClownShoes Says:    
  2016-12-10 09:33:17  
  I liked the sequence of Spidey riding the Lizard like a bronco.  

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-02-12 23:53:32  
  If you're going to trip out on whatever random thing you've been cooking up, at least do it properly. I wanted pink elephants on parade and I didn't even get dream JJJ.  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-03-06 12:56:36  
  This is Stan Lee's final issue of his scripting run in Spider-Man, and I have to admit, it may not be the strongest story in the 100 issues he was around, but he goes out with a serious bang! This is the best cliffhanger in the Order up to this point, and the start of yet another iconic story arc. Like or hate the wall crawler, Stan always saved his best for this title.

I actually liked the dream sequence; @jwerth is correct; this story works a lot better if you approach it as a character study. Throughout the entire history of Spider-Man, Peter has always examined himself over the issue of why he does this. It usually ends with an apparition of Uncle Ben which inspires Peter to continue his heroics; I thought using George Stacy in that capacity this time was a refreshing change. Sure, this could've been executed better, but I liked what the issue tried to do.

4 stars; a 3 star story gaining an extra star for the last panel alone. I hope Peter doesn't develop a fingernail-biting habit because of this.

  CrazyforRAMU Says:    
  2017-03-26 15:02:16  
  Count me in the camp that didn't feel cheated by an issue-long dream sequence. I appreciate the effort that Mr. Lee put into crafting a separate sort of self-doubt for each villain to throw at Spidey. (Admittedly he kind of ran out by the end and the Kingpin gets stuck expressing a generic fear of failure.)

I'd much rather take an extended plunge into a character's psyche than suffer through the sort of rehashed low-grade angst that gets tossed into so many early 70s titles to stretch out the page count. *cough cough Gerry Conway's Daredevil cough cough*

  Spider-Borg Says:    
  2017-08-02 10:51:59  
  I knew what was coming in this issue but I'm pretty disappointed in the whole thing except for the last panel. And honestly it doesn't make any sense for him to try to remove his powers because he could just stop being spider-man even if he has his powers. Or he could just grow a pair and come clean with Gwen. That would have been a way more interesting issue.

But I do like the cliffhanger, so we'll see where it goes. Hopefully the next one is better.

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-10-23 12:03:56  
  Three stars for Spidey finding out that if the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.  

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2017-12-07 07:34:14  
  I don't feel cheated by a dream sequence, per se. I am pretty tired of the annual "I want a normal life, I'm going to quit being Spider-man" whinge-fest.  

  benmason486 Says:    
  2018-02-01 10:44:00  
  Peter, don't blame Gwen for your actions.

Six-armed Peter: this could be interesting. I've heard this is one of the weirder Spider-Man stories, so I'm looking forward to it.

This issue is pretty dull; only a recap of the story to this point.

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