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1490: Amazing Spider-Man #115 (v1)

" The Last Battle! "
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Amazing Spider-Man #115 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: John Romita Sr.
Writers: Gerry Conway
Pencilers: John Romita Sr.
Inkers: John Romita Sr., Tony Mortellaro
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: December 1972
Release Date: September 1972
Story Arc: Who the Heck is Hammerhead? (3 of 3)
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 346                 Times Rated: 201
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Amazing Spider-Man #113 (v1)
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Amazing Spider-Man #115 (v1)
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Issue Blurb
The combatants are all set, Spidey, Doc Ock, Hammerhead and...May Parker? Find out how Peter's favorite aunt figures into this battle royale.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Spider-Man last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #114 (v1). Spider-Man next appears in Incredible Hulk #152 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  J. Jonah Jameson
J. Jonah Jameson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #113 (v1). J. Jonah Jameson next appears in Incredible Hulk #152 (v1).
  Aunt May
Aunt May last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #114 (v1). Aunt May next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #117 (v1).
  Gwen Stacy
Gwen Stacy last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #114 (v1). Gwen Stacy next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #116 (v1).
  Betty Brant
Betty Brant last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #113 (v1). Betty Brant next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #116 (v1).
  Ned Leeds
Ned Leeds last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #113 (v1). Ned Leeds next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #119 (v1).
  Joe Robertson
Joe Robertson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #113 (v1). Joe Robertson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #116 (v1).
  Doctor Octopus
Doctor Octopus last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #114 (v1). Doctor Octopus next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #130 (v1).
Hammerhead last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #114 (v1). Hammerhead next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #130 (v1).
Group Appearances
Daily Bugle
Daily Bugle last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #113 (v1). Daily Bugle next appears in Incredible Hulk #152 (v1).
Maggia last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #114 (v1). Maggia next appears in Giant-Size Spider-Man #1.
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Issue Review
   December 13, 2016
Non-stop action. The whole issue is set in one big house with two rival villains (and their henchmen) fighting it out. In the middle of it all: Spider-Man and his Aunt May. It's a satisfying conclusion to several story threads, bringing a lot of cast members to the house before the climax. 9/10
   October 7, 2012
Can we give this issue props for having the most hilarious tagline ever? “Aunt May--Assassin?” Perfect.

There are few things I like better than classic Spider-man comics, and this one doesn't disappoint. This issue contains a showdown between Doctor Octopus and Hammerhead in what is built up as “the mind boggling conclusion of the greatest action-epic in this, the MARVEL RENAISSANCE!” Pretty bold statement for a comic that opens up with hat hook laser beams. (Which are awesome, by the way).
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  green_flame_616 Says:    
  2012-02-18 00:15:37  
  This has probably been brought up before, but Doc Ock really looks like Elton John, which is silly.  

  instantdeath999 Says:    
  2013-03-08 12:38:54  
  Well, the Hammerhead was an uninspired villain.  

  Drax Says:    
  2013-06-08 11:43:12  
  I'm starting to believe Aunt May is Spider-Man's deadliest arch-nemesis!  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-10 17:14:48  
  She's got the police, Robbie, and Gwen telling her how horrible Octopus is, but dear old May knows better.  

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2015-01-28 17:01:52  
  the art is pretty good. Some inks could be better. There is so much detail in this book, not another line would fit! Backgrounds are plentiful and diverse. Its not a pretty book, it is a stylish one. The best part here is Spider-Man getting upset, dumping the usual quips & handing out a butt-whoopin! This arc has building for a while and here we have all the answers delivered. The script was typically good. (4-)  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-02-21 21:08:27  
  Doc Ock in love with May? He has to know Spidey's identity!  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-04-14 21:44:52  
  @green_flame_616 Actually it's the other way around. Doc Ock came onto the scene in 1963 and Elton John started his music career in 1964. I wonder if he ever performed with tentacles? (Get you minds out of the gutter!)
Sometimes I wish Marvel time was equal to regular time, then May would have been dead so much sooner. There's being trusting and naive and there's being a stupid old woman.

  rubixcube60 Says:    
  2016-06-29 08:00:36  
  Ah yes, poor weak old Aunt May. She can handle being in the middle of a gunfight, fending off a superhero at gunpoint, and shacking up with a known supervillain. But learning her nephew's got superpowers? That'd just be too much! I mean it's not like keeping it from her has directly contributed to her ever being in stressful situations or anything...  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2016-07-06 14:40:07  
  3 stars for Aunt May calling the shots!!!

Alias - It looks like Doc Ock brought back his henchmen from his Master Planner days!!

Time Passages - Great panel of Spidey crawling on the wall as Doc Ock runs past him!!!

Team Uncle Ben - It should've been Aunt May that the burglar killed oh so many years ago...there, I said it!!!

'Nuff Said - "Easy, head...take it easy, boy."-Spidey to Little Spidey

  ClownShoes Says:    
  2017-03-08 11:30:08  
  I'm just wondering if this ulcer subplot is going anywhere...  

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-04-04 22:27:33  
  God damn, why can't it be the death of Aunt May coming up?  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-04-08 17:57:12  
  I think I agree with the others about May and Doc Ock. When she thought he was a nice guy back in Annual #1 it was mainly played for laughs. It was even somewhat effect during Ock's boarder days in issue #54. But it was taken a little too seriously during this arc, and dragged it down a little. I get what Gerry was trying to do here, but it wasn't a good idea to have May play such a role in this story.

3 stars. Hey, if I thought my aunt was going to marry a super-criminal, I'd be having ulcers too!

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-04-23 08:16:41  
  Now Playing - "The Last Battle" Rick Wakeman  

  CrazyforRAMU Says:    
  2017-07-24 08:08:05  
  I am getting fed up with Mr. Conway's new party trick: Shoving a dangling plot thread in the reader's face at the end of his story like it's some kind of resolution. He did it with the New Gods in Thor #203, and now here it is in Spidey.

"Hammerhead escapes with a mysterious something and gloats about how it'll turn Ock into his willing partner next time around! Tune in 15 issues from now when we finally maybe pay this off!"

I know dangling plot threads are a fixture of comics, or maybe of any ongoing long-term narrative. I know they're not bad in and of themselves. But Mr. Conway is using them like they can satisfy the reader's need for closure all by themselves. They can't, and they make these stories hugely disappointing.

Spidey's Ulcer turning into a potent villain in its own right is pretty disappointing, too. Is this gonna go away soon or should we go ahead and make it its own "character appearance" entry under villains?

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Date User Name Update
   April 26, 2016 MattzLadd Updated the listing for Hammerhead.
   April 26, 2016 MattzLadd Updated the listing for Joe Robertson.
   April 26, 2016 MattzLadd Updated the listing for Ned Leeds.
   April 26, 2016 MattzLadd Updated the listing for Betty Brant.
   April 26, 2016 MattzLadd Updated the listing for J. Jonah Jameson.
   April 26, 2016 MattzLadd Added Daily Bugle to the issue.
   April 23, 2016 fragsel Moved this issue.
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