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241: Amazing Spider-Man #19 (v1)

" Spidey Strikes Back! "
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Amazing Spider-Man #19 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Steve Ditko
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Steve Ditko
Inkers: Steve Ditko
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: December 1964
Release Date: September 1964
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Pages: 22
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 983                 Times Rated: 541
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
Now that Aunt May is feeling better, Peter Parker is free to act as Spider-man once again! The Enforcers and Sandman have captured the Human Torch and plan to use him as bait to defeat Spider-man once and for all!
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Spider-Man last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #18 (v1). Spider-Man next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #20 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Aunt May
Aunt May last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #18 (v1). Aunt May next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #20 (v1).
  J. Jonah Jameson
J. Jonah Jameson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #18 (v1). J. Jonah Jameson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #20 (v1).
  Betty Brant
Betty Brant last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #18 (v1). Betty Brant next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #20 (v1).
  Flash Thompson
Flash Thompson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #18 (v1). Flash Thompson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #20 (v1).
  Elizabeth Allan
Elizabeth Allan last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #18 (v1). Elizabeth Allan next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #20 (v1).
  The Human Torch
The Human Torch last appeared in Strange Tales #127a (v1). The Human Torch next appears in Fantastic Four Annual #2c.
  Ned Leeds
Ned Leeds last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #18 (v1). Ned Leeds next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #20 (v1).
  MacDonald Gargan
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by MacDonald Gargan in the mainstream continuity. MacDonald Gargan next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #20 (v1).
  Sally Avril
Sally Avril last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #18 (v1). Sally Avril next appears in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #60b (v1).
  Richard Wormly
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Richard Wormly in the mainstream continuity.
  The Sandman
The Sandman last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #18 (v1). The Sandman next appears in Fantastic Four #36 (v1).
  Fancy Dan
Fancy Dan last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #14 (v1). Fancy Dan next appears in Marvel Team-Up #39 (v1).
  The Ox
The Ox last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #14 (v1). The Ox next appears in Daredevil #6 (v1).
Montana last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #14 (v1). Montana next appears in Marvel Team-Up #39 (v1).
Group Appearances
Daily Bugle
Daily Bugle last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #18 (v1). Daily Bugle next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #21 (v1).
The Enforcers
The Enforcers last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #14 (v1). The Enforcers next appears in Marvel Team-Up #39 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Web-Shooters last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #18 (v1). Web-Shooters next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #20 (v1).
Spidey Signal
Spidey Signal last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #17 (v1). Spidey Signal next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #22 (v1).
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MacDonald 'Mac' Gargan, soon to be the Scorpion, is introduced in this issue.
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Issue Review
   April 22, 2014
Well, he nearly gave it up last issue. But now, he's back to fight Sandman! AND Fancy Dan and the Enforcers.

Looked it up. Fancy Dan still exists. Wow. If my name was Fancy Dan, I'd probably start a new career.

But Torch shows up, as do half of the world in this book.

Spidey quickly flips public opinion back in his favor after following Aunt May's advice, and takes up the mantle of responsibility again.

Don't know why this issue isn't ever mentioned along with issue 50 as a give up the ghost one. Perhaps because it isn't nearly as good, but...
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Issue Synopsis
After learning that his Aunt May is better, Spider-Man returns to the public, starting our tale off by stopping a robbery in progress and announcing his return to anyone listening. J. Jonah Jameson is particularly angered about this.

Meanwhile, the Human Torch is returning from his last adventure, but is intercepted by Sandman, aided by the Enforcers, who believe they can go unchallenged with Spider-Man still on the run. They trap Johnny Storm and haul him off.

Peter returns to school and finds that Flash is still his biggest supporter. On his way home, he spots Fancy Dan and changes back into Spider-Man to follow him and see what he is up to. But when he follows Fancy Dan into an apartment building, he finds himself in a fight with too many thugs and has to make a quick exit just as the police arrive. Returning to the Daily Bugle, Peter meets Betty's new reporter boyfriend Ned Leeds. He tries to act normal, so as not to lose Betty even more.

Back at Sandman's hideout, it is revealed that Johnny Storm is trapped in an airtight chamber with only enough room to breathe and not enough to flame on and escape. Hearing of Spider-Man's return, he decides to use the Human Torch as a trap to lure Spider-Man.

Spider-Man takes to the streets and learns from a thug where the Human Torch is being held. He is wary of a trap, so he sneaks in and is about to rescue Johnny, when the Sandman suddenly appears and attacks. He is soon joined by the Enforcers, who start ganging up on Spider-Man. Back at full capacity, Spider-Man is able to dance around them as they fight, showing that he is superior, but losing wind quick. He is eventually able to get away momentarily to free Johnny, so that the Human Torch can join the fight. Together, they dispatch of the Enforcers fairly quickly, but bad timing gets our two heroes tangled together in Spidey's web as Sandman starts to escape. Luckily, the police are there to catch him in time, and they all go off to jail.

Peter catches up with Betty after, but sees that she is still seeing Ned for the night. Dejected, he walks home, and a mysterious stranger follows him...
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  thomassp74 Says:    
  2011-12-02 12:30:56  
  I’ve got to give ol’ Stan some credit. I criticize his writing all the time, but he really does have an infectious, little boy level of excitement that shines through. He truly does love what he does, and it’s contagious. As cheesy as it was, just the opening panel of this issue put a smile on my face.

I can’t read the name “Fancy Dan” without bursting out laughing.

Hey, something new in this story: Peter wonders what would happen if Flash found out that he’s Spider-Man.

Those lame Enforcers are smarter than the mighty Sinister Six….they all attack Spidey at once.

Why would Spider-Man’s web be “asbestos treated?”

  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-06-29 13:21:46  
  Spidey used ice-silicone(?) on his web on Strange Tales Annual 2, so he could reason up with Torchy.

I sure can agree that Stan's mood is contagious to me, anyway, after last issue the readers would be crazy for ol' fun and games (and I hate when read this pun). It's also remarkable as Sandman's first bossing story.

  phatfarmer Says:    
  2012-09-06 12:40:09  
  So far Spider-Man has been the best series so far imo. Great read, I like how the Spider-Man comics so far seem to have the most continuity, and the way this one ended, with the mysterious stalker, very good.  

  specialque Says:    
  2012-10-02 14:13:04  
  The Enforcers are never good. The Sandman typically is, though.

This was a fun issue. I liked it. Also, Peter's such a sweetheart that he lets his sick aunt still make breakfast for him. What a guy!

"I secretly hoped he'd be a little jealous! But...he doesn't seem to care! Have I...really lost him??" That's what happens when you date other men, Betty.

  chrisWhite Says:    
  2013-01-08 11:08:30  
  It's good to be back and I didn't even hate the enforcers this time.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-02 13:22:33  
  Nice issue of Spidey strutting his stuff after the change of pace last issue. This series continues to be the best so far.  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-04-26 20:58:32  
  Nice artwork.
Wait, Torch said that his last fight exhausted him (from Strange Tales #127). But at the end, wasn't he in a plane leaving with Reed and Ben..?!? Did Reed just drop him off in the middle of the city or something..?!? Well, looking back, Ben did make a joke saying “Let's bail out”...obviously they did.
I wonder if Aunt May is recovering so well because of the blood Peter donated to her several comics ago...hmmmm..???
This was a pretty enjoyable read.

  Psychopat Says:    
  2014-05-07 16:46:21  
  Awesome issue! Spidey is surely the best so far!  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-05-11 16:39:02  
  4 stars for more Sandy and not so much for the Enforcers.

Cover Me - A great cover with Spidey swinging in!

Splash - Also, a great scene of the boys roughhousing!

Pardon Me - On page 3, panel 1 is a great scene of Spidey knocking out the crooks as he's running on the wall !!!

What's In A Name - Mr. Wormly & Rock Gimpy were destined to fail...

Par The Course - Of course Montana would have an lasso made of asbestos. I'm surprised that anyone's still around in the Marvel Universe by now!

Brains Of The Outfit - Where did Sandy get the fancy glass cage....Doc Ock perhaps?

But Wait There's More - The Human Torch, who always seems to be more likable here than in his own comic! Tragic Ned Leeds who will have a tougher life than Parker. The mysterious stranger who will later look good in green, but will have a mean stinger!

'Nuff Said - "All hail the spider! A hardy breed is he! Tra la la!"-Spidey

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-07-14 01:52:07  
  1. I found this issue to be bit ho-hum
2. Spidey and Torch together is good
3. Sandman goes well with the Enforcers.
4. I really like the mystery on the last page. I'm looking forward to seeing what that is all about

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-07-26 17:49:05  
  Great follow up to the previous issues. Can't wait to find out who the mystery guy is. 4 stars, do far spiderman has been the best series marvel has produced.  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2014-09-05 21:18:00  
  Aww, no spoiler alerts for the reveal of the mystery man at the end? That's what I get for reading a comic 50 years too late.

Loved this one, especially that awesomely iconic pose on the cover! I got a real kick out of Spidey and Torch stepping all over each other's toes at the end, getting tangled up in the web, and then Spidey just sheepishly saying "we'll have to wait here a bit for it to melt off." That was great.

  Tarquinnff3 Says:    
  2014-11-20 10:01:10  
  Not a bad issue. The Enforcers are still a bunch of idiots, but they didn't drag this one down to much. It's always good to see someone put a lid on Torch too.  

  Dark_Knight93 Says:    
  2014-12-14 18:26:29  
  Betty Brant is whining about losing Peter, yet she is the one that refused to give him a chance to explain himself. Tough loss Miss Brant. Great closer for this two-part story. In the last few Spider-Man issues, the Human Torch has become Spider-Man's biggest ally, and is actually starting to become *gasp* a likable character.  

  skabeaters Says:    
  2015-04-07 12:22:02  
  I like Spidey and the torch together. All they need is Iceman and then we have what the 'Spiderman and his Amazing Friends" should have been.  

  quartertwain Says:    
  2015-04-16 02:41:49  
  I think the artwork in this one is great. Since his initial introduction, the way Spidey's head has been drawn has always bugged me. It looked like a disembodied, two dimensional smiley face, mysteriously attached to a gracefully penned body. I'm not sure if it is the increased shading around the neck, the thinning out of the chin area or something else. Whatever it was Ditko figured it out. Although I do find it amusing that once Spiderman ditches his suit, he somehow acquires the standard civilian blockhead.  

  J-Smack Says:    
  2015-11-19 20:55:47  
  There is a very strange letter about pickled peppers...  

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2015-12-18 12:42:49  
  I love Spidy, and this is why.  

  Urgat Says:    
  2016-05-25 07:33:47  
  Good Issue, but I just don't like the Enforcers somehow. I think they are boring and dumb...ok they attack Spidey together as a team (what maaaaaany others don't do) but except from that they just do nothing....JustMHO  

  Calion Says:    
  2016-06-11 14:18:57  
  1. JJJ’s flunky’s name is Wormly? Really?

  2. Aha! Another reference, to Strange Tales #127! That led to a whole tangle of other comics.

  3. Johnny refers to getting duped and completely flummoxed by Reed as “that last fight I had”? Really?

  4. …Sand puts out fire. Stan knows this, as he had Spidey use some fire sand to fake Sandman pics (and as he shows in the next panel). Why do you need chemical foam when Sandman is around?

  5. For that matter, Sandman would seem to be a much better villain for Torch than Spider-Man. Their abilities can be used against each other nicely, where Spider-Man always seems to be at a disadvantage with Sandman, always winning by some fluke of luck.

  6. Who’s this Mrs. Watson person? It was definitely Mrs. Watkins that helped when May was ill. (I’m surprised that Marvel didn’t fix typos like that when they digitized these. They fixed some, but not others. Maybe they didn’t catch them.)

  7. I know it’s hard to be completely consistent with these comics, especially with all of them that have to get done. But I care about Spidey. It’s very frustrating to see his abilities change from issue to issue, just to service the plot. For instance, I do not believe for a millisecond that Spidey would stay in the same place on the ceiling long enough to have another person thrown at him. As we will see in the future, he can dodge bullets with his speed, reflexes, and Spider-Sense. Sandman may be a challenge for him, but the Enforcers are a joke.

  8. Betty’s wondering if Peter is seeing someone else, but isn’t she convinced that he’s with Liz? Isn’t that why she’s upset with him? Or did she know he wasn’t with Liz, and has just been toying with him? I liked Betty at first, but I’m becoming more and more soured on her.

  Calion Says:    
  2016-06-11 14:25:03  
  1. JJJ is just the kind of boss to yell at you for asking his approval of something, then yell at you for doing something without his approval.

  2. I like the trap for Torch (though who built it?). It’s funny—when the Torch is in a Spider-Man comic, his situations make much more sense than in his own mags. Reading all these old comics, it’s clear how under-appreciated Ditko is. We tend to think that he just did the art, but it’s clear to me that he had a huge hand in the plotting.

  3. This comic makes it clear how sneaky Spidey can be, with his agility, wall-crawling ability, and Spider-Sense. I think this aspect of his abilities is downplayed, which is a shame. He’d be the perfect ninja.

  4. I really hate how spotty his spider-sense is, though. It really should have warned him of Sandman’s ploy.

  5. Hey! Somebody did something (Fancy Dan jumping on Spidey’s back in panel 5, page 15) without it being narrated! Are we entering a new age of comics?

  6. Spidey’s strength is inconsistent too. One punch should have any of these guys, except maybe the Ox and Sandman, down for the count. I understand it’s difficult to calibrate when a punch can easily break jaws or worse, but he’s had plenty of time to practice.

  7. I’m not a fan of Ditko’s faces, but I love the action art in this ish. It really shows Spidey’s flexible, tumbling fighting style.

  8. Wups! Ox is miscolored on p. 16, panel 5.

  9. I like the setup and payoff with Spidey’s momentum (dragging Ox and Dan with him) on P. 18, panels 4 and 5.

  10. Spidey and Torch getting tangled up in webbing is funny, but I don’t think it’s plausible. Spidey can tear his own webbing—can’t he? Regardless, it’s another instance of Johnny’s favorite habit: Getting in the way.

  Calion Says:    
  2016-06-11 14:28:25  
  1. I was wondering about how easily Sandman surrendered to the police, but then I realized it makes sense: He can get a few free meals, them just slip through the bars and escape again.

  2. Hm. Shouldn’t being followed set off his Spider-sense? Maybe he doesn’t have ill intent.

  3. A question for those who read my comments (I know there’s a few of you): I’ve been messing with the formatting, and I was wondering if you think I should leave the notes spaced out like this to make them easier to read, or have them closer together again to save space.

Wonderful. These Spider-Man comics are getting better and better. I’m patting myself on the back for ditching the rest of the Order and focusing on Spider-Man. Four and a half stars.


  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2016-08-06 10:30:30  
  • That’s my line – “This is almost too easy! If I wanted to be sporting about it, I’d sneeze or something!” (Sneaky Spider-Man)

  • That stupid grin slowly vanishing from Jameson’s face on page 3 was worth a million!

  • After breaking up with Peter, Betty’s wondering if he’s found someone else? Get a life, girl! And good riddance! She was starting to annoy me!

  • Nice touch that Louie the stoolie gets away by slipping out of his coat webbed to the wall.

  • I have to agree with the Torch, he and Spider-Man make a pretty good team. Well, except for getting all tangled up in webbing, which was hilarious anyway.

  • That was great to have Spidey back in shape and everything back to normal. The actions scenes were great as usual. 5 stars because I truly enjoyed.

  RobinHoodMtl @ Calion (original post):    
  2016-08-06 10:44:19  
  About the Ox miscolored, it is not the Ox. He's just another big guy, but does not have the vest.

About your formatting, don't ask me! :-)

  Calion @ RobinHoodMtl (original post):    
  2016-09-19 14:14:21  
  But…Spidey calls him Ox! Maybe Stan made the error, then?  

  RobinHoodMtl @ Calion (original post):    
  2016-09-21 17:07:48  
  Good point! That panel is confusing. There was an error indeed, whether it was made by Ditko, Lee or Rosen. Or the whoever did the colouring.  

  gonzo Says:    
  2017-01-01 15:22:03  
  This title remains the class of the reading order, and it's not really a close competition...  

  RobinHoodMtl @ marvelcomicslover (original post):    
  2017-11-17 17:50:05  
  >But at the end, wasn't he in a plane leaving with Reed and Ben..?!? Did Reed just drop him off in the middle of the city or something..?!?

Reed probably took them back to Baxter Building, then the Torch got on his way home to Glenville.

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Dear Stan and Steve,

Congratulations on your wonderful character, the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. In 25 years of comic book reading I have never seen or read a better comic. All five of my children agree with me on this. My children have introduced their friends to Spider-Man as well.

Mrs. Mary McCluskey, P.O. Box 432
Westwood, Calif.

That's fine with us, Mrs. McC! But, in our greedy little way, we kinda hope that you, your five children, and their many friends aren't all reading the same copy!

Dear Stan and Steve,

I had to write and let you know my ideas about the Marvel Comics Group. Generally speaking, they're all excellent. However, I do have a few complaints. Why do you insist on burying Don Heck in TALES OF SUSPENSE each month? He does Giant-Man better than anyone else in the Marvel bullpen. I think he's your best all around artist, and he does the least work of any of them. Sure, he does Iron Man magnificently, but that's the only work he does all month. Please led [SIC] him at least ink the work of your other artists. I also want to complain about the strength you've been giving the Hulk lately. I mean Spider-Man should have at least staggered the Hulk when he hit him like he did in issue #14. Surely the Hulk can't be that great. Pretty soon you'll be making the jolly green giant invulnerable which would be unthinkable! Kraven the Hunter was a wonderful villain even if he did fight dirty!

Joseph Sharkey, 3547 Rosalia Ave.
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Well, Joey, first things first! Dimpled Donny Heck is now drawing The Avengers each and every month, in addition to Iron Man! How's that for service? As for the Hulk's strength, don't blame us! Write a scathing letter to those nasty ol' gamma rays of Bruce Banner's! Glad you liked cuddly Kraven, even if you didn't like the way he fought! (Although Spidey liked how he fought -- because he lost!)

Dear Stan and Steve,

I'm a Marvel Comics fan and can't resist anything written by Stan Lee! I'm not writing this about Spider-Man, but rather to say that I just saw a copy of Stan's "MONSTERS TO LAUGH WITH!" and think it's grand! But you should have told us about it. All Marvel fans (and that's everybody) will want it. Anyway, thanks for such a great mag.

Steven Hall, 3708 Maple Leaf Drive
Bloomington, Indiana

Much obliged, Stevey! But the reason we didn't mention our humorous new monster mag is that it isn't really a comic book. However, for those of you with an extra 25¢ in your jeans, the second hilarious big ish may still be on sale!

Dear Stan and Steve,

Quit trying to break up Pete and Betty. I suppose you are eventually going to break them up and have Pete going steady with Liz Allen. Well, don't do it. Liz is an empty-headed flirt. In issue #12 when Dr. Octopus was using Betty as a hostage, she was unafraid, almost laughing in the face of Spidey's most dangerous enemy. On the other hand in issue #6 when Liz was captured by those two-bit hoods, it proved what a coward she is. Kraven was good but I'm getting tired of all these off-beat villains. Bring back the old standby villains like the Vulture, Sandman, and Dr. Octopus. The Sandman is due for another appearance. Over all, your latest story was very good.

George Somerville, 412 Spring St.
Harrisville, W. Va.

Thanks, Georgie -- but you make the same little mistake so many of our bullpen buddies make! When you refer to our "latest story" in your letter, we have no idea which story you mean! The latest one you read may not be the latest one we've got -- dig? We'd like all you letter-writin' fiends to mention the ish number instead of just saying the "latest one," because we really do wanna know what you're talkin' about! Okay?

Dear Stan and Steve,

Just a belated note to tell you how much I enjoyed issue #15 of SPIDER-MAN. From cover to cover, I was completely enthralled with story and artwork. Kraven the Hunter is superb. How you guys keep coming out with new and original villains each issue is beyond me. The reappearance of the Chameleon was a thrill for people like me who missed him in SPIDER-MAN #1. If I ever miss an issue of your mag I think I'd commit suicide, so your subscription staff (nice Nancy Murphy) will be hearing from me soon! Thanks again to a couple of great guys working hard to give us the best 12¢ value on the stands today. Well, you two must sleep sometime although your mags don't show it, so 'nuff said!

Keith McWalter, 2674 Lindenwood Dr.
Bridgeville, Pa.

"Sleep," Keith boy??! Hey! We knew there was something we've been forgettin'!

Dear Stan and Steve,

Someone got my name from a comic book and wrote to me wanting to be penpals. In vital statistics he listed MARVEL as his favorite publishers and the Hulk as his favorite "hero." Forgive my ignorance but I had never heard of either. The first Marvel mag I ever saw was SPIDER-MAN -- the issue with the "Return of Dr. Octopus." I only bought it out of curiosity -- I thought Doc Ock on the cover was Spider-Man, and heroes that ugly don't raise my blood pressure a point! Glad to learn how much I erred! Since then I have not bought a single other brand of comics, and I don't intend to buy another if Marvel stays as marvelous! Please don't make Sub-Mariner lose his dignity. He reminds me of "The Sheik" in E.M. Hall's book of the same name. If Sue and the Scarlet Witch don't want him, I do!

Kathy Lucas, 201 Conover Dr.
Birmingham 6, Ala.

Okay, Kathy, we gave him your address. So, if you should see a flat-headed kook in trunks flying toward you one day, wave him down! He's great under water, but he's always getting lost when he flies over Alabama!

Dear Stan and Steve,

I am writing this letter in behalf of the Northern Red River Pickled Pepper Pickers' Union in order to protest your unseemly practice of presenting unfavorable publicity for pickled pepper pickers. For the past several issues we have been happy to see you mention pepper pickers, but we are incensed that pepper picking is used only in referring to puny Peter Parker. Not once has Spider-Man picked a pickled pepper! Would Peter Parker be able to handle your great new villain, Kraven the Hunter? Would anyone suggest that Pete take on the Torch's great new villain, the Beetle, the way I am suggesting Spidey should? No! No, no, no, no!! So in anger at your presenting all pickled pepper pickers as thin weaklings we have formed the PPP for PPP in PPPP (Powerfully Proud Party for Preserving Pristine Purity in Pickled Pepper Pickers' Publicity) to protest your handling of pepper pickers and ask that Spider-Man be made to pick a peck of pickled peppers as a matter of simple justice! If this is not done I will feel obliged to write you more letters telling you what a shame it is that such a great magazine should have this unfair thing about pepper pickers.

Richard Tatge, 2401 First Ave. So.
Minneapolis 4, Minn.

No! Don't do it, Dick! We give up! We're not quite sure what it is you want us to do, but you have our unconditional surrender anyway! Spidey may be brave as all get-out, but when it comes to Stan and Steve -- forget it!

Dear Stan and Steve,

This letter is for anyone who writes in and asks what happened to Peter's college days. The answer is simple. If Pete were in his senior year of college, he would be at least 21 or 22. If he were in his senior year of high school he would be 17 or 18 which would give him the teenage character that you have built up around him. I think that Steve is having a tough time of it. Besides having Spidey's webs all over the place, he has changed Liz and Betty, and has even made Peter more handsome. If Steve can do all this work, I can keep buying!

Bill Traylor, 2760 Piqua St.
Ashland, Ky.

Listen, Billy boy -- if enough of you great guys and gals keep buyin', we'll get Steverino to do even more work! Let's see now...an artist can probably live on two meals a day instead of three! That'll save an hour a day! And then, if he doesn't take time to shave...

Dear Stan and Steve,

I would like to say that your AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is a fine comic, if not the finest comic ever printed. I have been reading comics ever since I have been able to read. I am now 24 years old and am still reading them. I don't care what anyone says -- comics let a person dream. It's the only thing that the Russians can't claim they had first! If more people worried about what the parents taught the teenagers and not what kind of comics they read or music they listen to, it would be a much better world. That's why I am saying keep up the good work -- you have been doing a fine job. All I have to say is "Bless the comic industry."

Archie L. Mayes, 4609 Artell
Albuquerque, N. Mex.

Archie boy, you're a livin' doll! But who said the Russians didn't invent comics first? Didn't you ever hear of the Fantastic Fourovitch -- or that ever-popular Spider-Manski??


- Now hear this! We've waited all month to tell you what M.M.M.S. stands for! (And we hope you've been waiting, too!) So, here it is...It's the MERRY MARVEL MARCHING SOCIETY -- a new club we're forming for all our fans! We're designing membership cards, gimmicks, surprises, and all sorts of off-beat goodies for you! We just want you to know we're working on it, and trying to make it the kind of club you'll get a real kick out of joining! In fact, we'd like you to send us any ideas that YOU may have for the ol' M.M.M.S. and we'll try to use the most original and the most amusing suggestions! So save your pennies till our next announcement, because we want all of you merry Marvel madmen (and glad gals) to join, hear? There'll be more info next ish, natch, so don't miss it! 'Nuff said!

- Did we tell you about sunny Stan's day at college? He was invited to speak about Marvel Comics by the Science Club at Bard College, at Annandale, New York on June 5th! Our smilin' script-wiz was flying' when he came back! He said it was one of the greatest days he ever spent! The gang at Bard were bright, beaming, and barrels of fun -- they tossed questions at him about every phase of comic magazines, and their interest, courtesy, and enthusiasm were as heart-warming as one of Aunt May's apple pies! So, a great big "Thanks a mil"! to the wonderful staff and students of Bard College -- and when are you gonna send the diploma?

- And now, it's time for us to get back to our usual mish-mash of news and nonsense! The first item on the agenda is the fact that the merry Marvel group has moved their offices. We used to be on the third floor at our old address -- but now we're on the second floor of another building! (We wanted to be closer to the common people, of course!) Anyway, be sure to address all your letters from now on to which ever Marvel mag you wish, Second Floor, 625 Madison Ave., New York 10022. (Unless you're sending a bill -- in that case you can send it to the wrong address!)

- Before we close with our coming attractions section we've got to tell you about the next Spidey thriller! Next ish we're introducing another, new arch-foe for the ol' web-spinner in the grand tradition of Doc Oct and the Vulture! He's called the Scorpion, and we kinda suspect he'll be one of Marvel's all-time greats! So whatever you do, don't miss him! And we'll also have enough surprises, complications, and bonehead mistakes to satisfy those of you who just don't dig Scorpions! So take it from your bullpen buddies -- you've no excuse for missing SPIDER-MAN #20 -- it'll be one of the great ones!

[I've omitted a box of text containing descriptions of all the other upcoming titles]

- And that wraps it up till we all meet the Scorpion next ish in SPIDER-MAN #19! [SIC] So, till then, send us your ideas for the M.M.M.S., face front, and be good to each other! See ya!

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