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2087: Giant-Size Spider-Man #2

" Masterstroke! "
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Giant-Size Spider-Man #2
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Gil Kane, John Romita Sr.
Writers: Len Wein
Pencilers: Ross Andru
Inkers: Al Milgrom
Colourists: Glynis Wein (Oliver)
Letterers: John Costanza
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: October 1974
Release Date: July 1974
Story Arc: -
Pages: 30
Cover Price: $0.50
Times Read: 203                 Times Rated: 123
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Master of Kung Fu #20
Master of Kung Fu #21
Giant-Size Spider-Man #2
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1b
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #3a
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Issue Blurb
The fix is in and Fu Manchu's evil machinations have set Shang-Chi and Spider-Man against each other. Can they figure it out in time to suss out his true plan?
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Spider-Man last appeared in Marvel Team-Up #25 (v1). Spider-Man next appears in Marvel Team-Up #27 (v1).
Supporting Characters
Shang-Chi last appeared in Master of Kung Fu #21. Shang-Chi next appears in Deadly Hands of Kung Fu Special Edition #1.
  Blackjack Tarr
Blackjack Tarr last appeared in Master of Kung Fu #19. Blackjack Tarr next appears in Deadly Hands of Kung Fu Special Edition #1.
  Denis Smith
Denis Smith last appeared in Master of Kung Fu #19. Denis Smith next appears in Deadly Hands of Kung Fu Special Edition #1.
  Lu Chang
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Lu Chang in the mainstream continuity. Dies in this issue.
  Fu Manchu
Fu Manchu last appeared in Master of Kung Fu #21. Fu Manchu next appears in Deadly Hands of Kung Fu Special Edition #1.
Tak last appeared in Master of Kung Fu #17.
Group Appearances
Si-Fan last appeared in Master of Kung Fu #21. Si-Fan next appears in Deadly Hands of Kung Fu Special Edition #1.
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Web-Shooters last appeared in Marvel Team-Up #25 (v1). Web-Shooters next appears in Marvel Team-Up #95 (v1).
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Issue Review
   August 14, 2013
Not a fan of hero vs. hero battles, but this is one of the better ones. For once, the ‘misunderstanding’ between the stars is clearly laid out for the reader (from before they even meet), which makes it more interesting. Also, when they do meet and battle, it’s very enjoyable to watch. The action comes fast and furious and they are two characters I actually want to see fight, so I can see who is better than whom. Not always the case with these stories. The issue is not without it’s problems (there’s a huge jump in the the narrative at the start of the third chapter, for example) but there is no denying that this is a fun comic with many high points. 7/10
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-09-14 18:36:35  
  Extra star awarded for the epic donnybrook between Shangy and Webhead. Nice.  

  Drax Says:    
  2013-08-15 16:28:10  
  Should have called this series Giant-Size Team-Up. First Dracula, now Shang-Chi. These Kung Fu issues are still interesting, but I'm afraid they're gonna grow old quickly pretty soon.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-27 07:45:52  
  I enjoyed seeing Shang Chi and Fu Manchu brought into the Marvel Universe, but why would Fu Manchu only take precautions against Spider-man when there are plenty of other heroes in New York?  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2014-04-15 11:42:22  
  That bit where Spidey and Shang Chi jump out the window together was pretty awesome.  

  heman0420 Says:    
  2015-03-29 22:36:13  
  The fight between Spider-Man an Shang-Chi was epic. I think Shang-Chi is one of my favorite characters. I love his narration. SPOILER: It was awesome how they both jumped out the window on the 86th floor without hesitation.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-05-20 19:11:23  
  I hope Spider-Man and Shang-Chi team up again soon.  

  squidfishious Says:    
  2015-05-30 22:02:24  
  An unusually elaborate set-up for a better-than-average hero-vs-hero fight. The first five panels on page 26 are a masterpiece.  

  j52y Says:    
  2015-08-25 23:42:32  
  Am I the only person who thought the assassin with the eye-patch was Nick Fury?  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-10-19 16:48:36  
  I'll start off by saying that this was great fun, and I enjoyed it. But there were so many little things that niggled at my brain. That fight shouldn't have been that good, because Shang-Chi should not have stood a chance against Spidey. I know that in the Marvel U that martial arts are pretty much super-powers, but Spider-Man is one of the strongest and fastest heroes in that U.
So the Fu Man Chu stories exist in this universe?! How the heck does that work?
The afro ninja at the beginning needs to work on his nun-chuck skills, all he's doing is spinning them in a circle.
It's a good thing that for all the times Spidey has run out of webbing, it has never happened while making one of those safety nets.

  gumchewspit Says:    
  2016-09-30 04:03:56  
  Serious Marvel Time shock there. That Daredevil issue with the Mandrill and the Empire State Building was almost 300 issues ago, but was only 24 hours ago.  

  sbcolt15 Says:    
  2017-03-12 17:11:59  
  Would have given this 4 stars, but it was unnecessarily wordy. That could have easily fit into a regular size issue without all of the additional narration and though bubbles.  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-11-11 14:43:31  
  I think this is one of the better Marvel Misunderstandings I've read in the Order. Spider-Man vs. Shang-Chi was definitely one of the best hero-on-hero fights so far, and it was pretty amazing to see how evenly matched they seemed to be, even though Spidey more than outclasses Shang-Chi for raw power. I know Spidey's been at the crime-fighting game for awhile now, but he wasn't a fighter before that spider bite changed his life. So, it's only logical that he still has a lot of trouble against someone who's more disciplined than him, especially if he's never seen that opponent before, and that made for a pretty great fight between the two. Kudos to Len Wein and Ross Andru for orchestrating that beautiful sequence.

The rest of the story was fairly run of the mill; I'd say it offered little more than being a framing device for that Spidey-Shang-Chi throwdown. That particular conflict could've ended much sooner if they'd listened to each other, since both threw out hints that should've made the other think "Hey, I didn't arrange for that to happen! Let's stop and compare notes here, we're being played!" It took several hints before Spidey came to that realization, and he's sharper than that.

3 stars. Marvel Universe note: Shang-Chi had already been established as being in the Marvel Universe back in Master of Kung-Fu #19, guest starring Man-Thing! Anyone remember that little get-together?

  Katryn Says:    
  2018-01-29 07:06:47  
  Extra star for the hero misunderstanding actually making sense. Not a big leap to presume the guy you've heard is wanted for murder could be a villain.  

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   June 30, 2016 fragsel Added Lu Chang to the issue.
   June 30, 2016 fragsel Added Tak to the issue.
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