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2017: Giant-Size Super-Heroes #1

" Man-Wolf at Midnight! "
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Giant-Size Super-Heroes #1
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Editor-in-Chief: Len Wein
Cover Artists: Gil Kane
Writers: Gerry Conway
Pencilers: Gil Kane
Inkers: Mike Esposito
Colourists: Linda Lessmann
Letterers: John Costanza
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: June 1974
Release Date: February 1974
Story Arc: -
Pages: 24
Cover Price: $0.35
Times Read: 234                 Times Rated: 143
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Universes:   Earth-616  

Amazing Spider-Man #132 (v1)
Amazing Spider-Man #133 (v1)
Giant-Size Super-Heroes #1
Doctor Strange #1 (v2)
Doctor Strange #2 (v2)
2015: Amazing Spi...
#132 (v1)
2016: Amazing Spi...
#133 (v1)
2018: Doctor Stra...
#1 (v2)
2019: Doctor Stra...
#2 (v2)
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Issue Blurb
Morbius has returned, attracted by the emergence of the Man-Wolf, and his plan is most sinister indeed. Only Spider-Man can hope to stand in their way.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Spider-Man last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #133 (v1). Spider-Man next appears in Marvel Team-Up #22 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Joe Robertson
Joe Robertson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #132 (v1). Joe Robertson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #134 (v1).
  J. Jonah Jameson
J. Jonah Jameson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #133 (v1). J. Jonah Jameson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #134 (v1).
  Mary Jane Watson
Mary Jane Watson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #133 (v1). Mary Jane Watson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #134 (v1).
  Flash Thompson
Flash Thompson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #131 (v1). Flash Thompson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #134 (v1).
  Kristine Saunders
Kristine Saunders last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #126 (v1). Kristine Saunders next appears in Creatures on the Loose #31.
  Harold Ward
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Harold Ward in the mainstream continuity.
Morbius last appeared in Vampire Tales #8a. Morbius next appears in Adventure into Fear #20.
Man-Wolf last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #126 (v1). Man-Wolf next appears in Creatures on the Loose #30.
Group Appearances
Daily Bugle
Daily Bugle last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #133 (v1). Daily Bugle next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #134 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Web-Shooters last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #133 (v1). Web-Shooters next appears in Marvel Team-Up #22 (v1).
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Issue Review
   September 22, 2013
This one fairly zips along, being very enjoyable and action-packed, until it reaches an abrupt ending. And starts to unravel slightly… when you consider that Morbius (despite his questionable methods) was really only looking for a cure and, by denying it to him, Spidey has condemned more innocent people to death at his hands. Kinda sucks, when you look at it that way…

The sudden conclusion also means that Man-Wolf (very much a POV character in the first third) is completely absent from the conclusion. He simply vanished into the night. Unsatisfying, to say the least.

Yet, to it’s credit, despite these flaws this is an above-average read: with plenty of action, story and three main characters who are well crafted and interesting. It’s just a pity the writer didn’t tie things up a bit better at the end. 8/10
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  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-25 08:15:35  
  Why use Morbius the pseudo-vampire when you have Dracula? Why use Man-Wolf the fake werewolf when you have Werewolf By Night?  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-05-15 05:47:47  
  It was a decent read, but where the hell did man wolf go at the end? Was he just a filler character?  

  j52y Says:    
  2015-08-15 01:46:52  
  ...I realize that Morbius is a killer, but he didn't have an evil scheme in this one.

Wouldn't it have been more heroic of Spider-Man to help Morbius with a cure?

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-09-28 15:42:38  
  @j52v To be fair, if Morbius was on the up-and-up then he could have gone to Spider-Man to plead his case and ask for help, rather than sicking his lapdog on him. The big disappointment to me was that it seemed like all the character development from his own stories seems to have gone out the window.
Since when could Morbius control the people he bites? He's supposed to have a condition that mimics vampirism, such as thirst for blood, pale gaunt appearance, enhanced strength and hollow bones, but he doesn't have any of the mystical powers that a vampire does.

  jwerth Says:    
  2015-12-15 17:53:29  
  Morbius subjecting John Jameson to the curse of the werewolf again definitely counts as an evil scheme in my book. Also, all of Morbius's detailed planning to create a distraction for Spider-Man seems a little silly given that Spidey was only around because Peter Parker happened to spot Morbius and Man-Wolf running right through the middle of campus. Wouldn't a better plan have been to sneak into Ward's lab without a big werewolf to attract attention?  

  Zidko Says:    
  2016-10-26 05:44:37  
  This story started out strong, but just sort of fizzled along the way. There were plenty of big ideas going around to grasp at but the writer seems to lose interest in all of them. They introduced Peter being nominated for an award, which goes nowhere. They introduce a much weightier subject of why Spider-Man chooses to fight crime the way he does, but it doesn't have a satisfying conclusion. What was the point of Mary Jane & Flash Thompson's scene where they invite Peter to a party? Also, everyone seems just a little out of character here. Except for maybe Robertson, they all seem a bit off-center.  

  Durango55 Says:    
  2016-10-28 11:04:40  
  I think this served as more of a teaser for Morbius' and Man-Wolf's upcoming mags.  

  ViolentPhlegm Says:    
  2017-01-23 10:54:24  
  Frustrated by the lack of logic here. Morbius just needed to offer himself up as a willing test subject instead of all the shenanigans. And Peter sees no course of action other than to stop Morbius from getting the procedure. Why?  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-10-22 17:49:17  
  This one just seemed really off to me. The other commenters above have pretty much stated everything so I won't rehash. But I thought it was amazing that Morbius knew exactly where John Jameson's moonstone was way off that pier. If only I could find the car keys on my coffee table that fast.

2 stars. Can't wait for the next installment in Giant-Size Super-Heroes, "The Night They Tore Old New York Down"! Should be a barn burner!

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-12-14 06:15:22  
  You know there's too much narration when they're telling you how to read a book. You've finished reading this page? Good for you! If you turn to the next page, there'll be more story, isn't that amazing!  

  Nsmash Says:    
  2017-12-20 21:22:02  
  This is the second issue in a row where Spider-Man has prevented a sick guy from curing himself.  

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2018-01-01 16:46:57  
  This was really disappointing. I actually liked Morbius being the reluctant, tragic vampire character but he's too villainous in this one. As pointed out above, he could have just volunteered as a test subject.

As for Man-Wolf...what was the point? I mean, there's a moment of humanization of JJJ, but beyond that, it's like he's in the story just to give Spider-man someone to fight for three or four pages.

Two stars.

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   February 12, 2018 TStarnes Added Web-Shooters listing.
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   January 30, 2016 Raistlin903 Changed comic details.
   November 13, 2015 fragsel Added Harold Ward to the issue.
   August 15, 2014 Neskit Updated the listing for J. Jonah Jameson.
   August 15, 2014 Neskit Updated the listing for Joe Robertson.
   August 15, 2014 Neskit Added Daily Bugle to the issue.
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