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557: Amazing Spider-Man #41 (v1)

" The Horns of the Rhino! "
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Amazing Spider-Man #41 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: John Romita Sr.
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: John Romita Sr.
Inkers: Mike Esposito
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: October 1966
Release Date: July 1966
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 708                 Times Rated: 391
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Amazing Spider-Man #39 (v1)
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Amazing Spider-Man #41 (v1)
Tales to Astonish #88a (v1)
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After encountering "space spores" on his last mission, Colonel John Jameson pays a visit to his dad in NYC, and reveals they may have had unknown effects on him. Seeking to cash-in on the event, a new villain emerges and kidnaps the astronaut, and Spidey is forced into a fierce battle for the life of Jonah's son.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Spider-Man last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #40 (v1). Spider-Man next appears in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3.
Supporting Characters
  Aunt May
Aunt May last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #40 (v1). Aunt May next appears in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3.
  J. Jonah Jameson
J. Jonah Jameson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #40 (v1). J. Jonah Jameson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3.
  Anna Watson
Anna Watson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #40 (v1). Anna Watson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1).
  John Jameson
John Jameson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #1a (v1). John Jameson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1).
  Betty Brant
Betty Brant last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #40 (v1). Betty Brant next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1).
  Gwen Stacy
Gwen Stacy last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #39 (v1). Gwen Stacy next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1).
  Flash Thompson
Flash Thompson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #39 (v1). Flash Thompson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1).
  Harry Osborn
Harry Osborn last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #40 (v1). Harry Osborn next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1).
  Ned Leeds
Ned Leeds last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #39 (v1). Ned Leeds next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Rhino in the mainstream continuity. Rhino next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1).
Group Appearances
Daily Bugle
Daily Bugle last appeared in Daredevil #17 (v1). Daily Bugle next appears in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3.
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Web-Shooters last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #40 (v1). Web-Shooters next appears in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3.
Rhino Armor
Rhino Armor next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1).
Jupiter Suit
Jupiter Suit next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1).
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Issue Review
   March 19, 2014
Something about the change of the story here. I feel like Romita is finally getting to set his own path a bit. Of course, it's following the line that was put down by Stan Lee - someone was reading this for the first time, etc. It puts a little step into Peter Parker. It doesn't really change him. He's still that nerdy little kid... But something about him has changed.

I liked the story. Even though the Rhino is relatively quickly and easily defeated, he is a different - and dumber - kind of villain. And the story is leading up to the reveal of Mary Jane - thankfully. We really needed to make that change.

Of course, it won't be decided for YEARS from now - but this comic has jumped itself - and started to make a serious pacing here.
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  TStarnes Says:    
  2011-10-17 00:00:00  
  Of the early Amazing Spider-Mans, this might be my favorite one. Jonah is still a bit to arch, but there seems to be more development of Peter then in previous issues.  

  juanito Says:    
  2012-04-30 15:19:35  
  Development is fine. I hope from this point on they reach a new level. Have Peter move out. Shift the horizon. So far Spiderman is the best Marvel series.  

  Mr. M. Says:    
  2012-07-25 19:14:38  
  Story of Peter's life continues in good direction and all supporting cast looks well. I like MJ in this issue, it is here when I first thought than she's perfect for Peter if he's ever going to be with someone. Rhino as a villain isn't too great, but after Green Goblin story he brings more comedic relief.  

  instantdeath999 Says:    
  2012-08-26 23:38:13  
  "Someone? Nah, it's only Peter Parker!"

Classic JJ.

Have to say, Pete's thoughts about his old romance with flame is probably the most mature "love story" up to this point in Marvel comics. I'm impressed.

  Shark Says:    
  2012-09-23 10:33:57  
  All the character development, and the fight with Rhino, bring a bit of change to the last story archs, the shifts in Pete's life make off to a good start for the next numbers.  

  Webslinger Says:    
  2013-01-05 05:57:57  
  ASM has the best supporting cast this far, just look at Thor or Iron-Man, not to mention all character development being build up now on Parker.

And here start one of the nuttiest and best histories of all, that of Col. J Jameson...

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-11 09:24:10  
  Jameson is priceless in this one. Stan sets the stage for further developments in the new Spidey.  

  Antifa Says:    
  2013-11-04 10:21:30  
  Spider-man has gotten really good. The art is really good. Romita is excellent but I think Demeo's (going my splash page not the site which says Esposito)inking is the key. 4 stars.  

  Raistlin903 Says:    
  2014-01-14 16:19:53  
  and the none superhero aspects of the story and characters still is the best out there...... Rhino was decent too.......  

  duncanm Says:    
  2014-02-10 17:07:09  
  "Now Peter, you must make sure you keep your aunt calm and make sure not to cause her any stress."
"No problem Doc, I'm just going to go get a motorcycle now and..."

  specialque Says:    
  2014-08-16 21:29:17  
  What a great issue. Peter hasn't seemed this chipper in ages and there were a ton of great jokes.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-27 19:55:47  
  Amazing how the 90's Spider-Man cartoon stayed true to the comics. Rhinos first appearance was so similar to this issue. 4 stars.  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-10-05 14:48:35  
  That set-up for Mary Jane though... It makes me excited.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-11-01 21:12:59  
  4 stars for the 1st app of the Rhino!!! My favorite animal is the Rhino, and so any Rhino appearance is always a instant hit with me! Now, if he just had a little tail to swish around on his costume!!

Cover Me - CHARGE!!!!!

Tension Relief - Naturally, JJJ would have a poster of Spidey to throw darts at!!

Hard Headed - So, the Rhino goes after John Jameson in NYC by charging from somewhere on the Southwest border. I know later he jumps a train, but still it looks like he pulled a Forrest Gump to get there!!!

Foresight - How crazy of that one lawman not to worry about what happens when the Rhino wakes up!! He could definitely work in todays Secret Service!!!

'Nuff Said - "Space spores? What space spores?!!"-J Jonah Jameson

  MX5 Says:    
  2015-05-14 00:38:15  
  Great issue! I think I'm going to enjoy Romita/Stan more than Ditko's run. very exciting stuff. The rhino was a wonderful villain as well, finally we have a villain that isn't worried about being the crime king of new York or trying to take out Spider-Man.  

  g2thet Says:    
  2015-06-12 12:08:00  
  I loved where Spidey said he wanted to know the Rhino's origin. Fantastic issue!
4 Stars

  Beaustaff Says:    
  2015-07-30 11:32:08  
  Since Romita took over this has gotten a lot better and I thought it was good before. This issue was a real Pussywillow!  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-09-28 22:10:04  
  Man, this title is top-notch lately. Great issue. It's funny though, I too at first thought the Rhino was going to run all the way to NYC from the south. Glad they showed the scene with him busting out of the train!

Interesting that Pete just keeps his Spidey costume hanging up in the closet (Pg10/P4-5). That seems a little careless!

Also, on Pg12/P1 it sort of looks like John Jameson is in the midst of giving Rhino the finger!

And finally, the speed and power that the Rhino shows off in this issue only makes me that much more disappointed at what a mechanical monstrosity Paul Giamatti ended up portraying in "Amazing Spider-Man 2"... never mind that we didn't even get to see the fight! :-P

  Johnny71181 Says:    
  2016-01-23 23:22:29  
  Did Rhino just want to sell off John to the Reds? How did he know about the space spores?  

  Calion Says:    
  2016-06-14 13:56:15  
  1. I don’t like this contrived ending to the Betty drama. I mean, I’m glad to see her out of Pete’s life, but going from in love with her for years to having no real feelings for her feels too abrupt, and rings false.

  2. “Radioactive Sherman tank”. Heh. Sometimes you’re actually witty, Stan. Sometimes. 

  3. Hey! The police are concerned about keeping costumed criminals in jail! Things are improving! Now, if they only adopt that attitude about Sandman…

  4. Oh, wait, that wasn’t the cops, it was a Fed and an ambulance driver. Figures. 

  5. So Pete’s personality radically changes when we get a new artist??

It seems we’re establishing a “new normal” with Romita. It’s really surprising me how much difference a new artist makes, not only in the look and feel, but in the actual scripting of the comic. I knew that Spider-Man and Dr. Strange were better written than other Marvel comics, but this switch in Spider-Man is making me realize that the artist has more impact on the comic than I had thought, even so. Three and a half stars, but I still miss Ditko. 


  Urgat Says:    
  2016-08-17 05:46:11  
  Great Issue with an awesome fighting scene between Rhino and Spidey, I could really feel the struggle spidey had to beat Rhino, but his good plan worked out fine. Also I think Rhino was a worthy enemy for Spidey. Also great Character Development...can't wait to read on  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-09-25 12:22:13  
  Fun story; a real joy to read. After a bit of a plateau depicted in the last few issues of Steve Ditko's run, the story quality and character development at the start of Romita's run has kicked it up a few notches. Peter's new wheels, the shift in his love life from Betty to Gwen (and Mary Jane very shortly, once May and Anna make him have dinner with her), and a great new villain in the Rhino. Plenty of story advancement, action, and jokes; Spider-Man is easily Marvel's best title in the latter half of 1966.

And the postscript on Betty: We just had a situation where the hero seemingly leaves one potential romance and goes right to another; it just happened a few issues ago in the Order, with Thor/Jane/Sif. With Spidey, it seemed to be executed better, albeit with less overall drama (though it had its moments issues ago). I don't think the ultimate falling out between Peter and Betty was all that contrived. It simply fizzled to a nondescript end, and that's a bit of an accomplishment for Stan, who thrives on writing melodrama.

Finally, am I mistaken, or is this the first overt communist threat Spidey's faced? (The Rhino and his bosses)

  Calion @ Russ (original post):    
  2016-09-28 07:52:34  
  You're forgetting ASM #1b, with the Chamelion trying to sell stolen goods to the Commies. Though perhaps that doesn't count as an "overt threat," in which case you're right. At least in ASM; I haven't read all of his other appearances.  

  Russ @ Calion (original post):    
  2016-09-28 19:13:46  
  I went back to reread ASM #1, and nothing is really revealed about him. His next appearance, issue #15 which reveals his connection to Kraven the Hunter, does imply a East European background. However, he's working for the Leader in Tales to Astonish #62.

You're right, I did overlook him; good call. But I have a feeling that revealing the communist connection here might give away a spoiler.

  Judassiah Says:    
  2016-10-27 16:06:37  
  + The Rhino made a great first appearance.
+ I like that they've brought John Jameson back into the picture after what seems like an unbelievably long time for Stan.
+ I agree with the above comments that express enjoyment regarding a villain that doesn't just want to take out Spider-Man as a debut to their criminal career.

+ J. Jonah Jameson was a great supporting role in this issue.
+ I enjoy the Betty Brant romance being wrapped up.
+ Pete's new motorcycle.

+ Gwen Stacey warming up to Peter once again.
+ Miss Watson offering Aunt May a place to live!

- Aunt May declining.

3 stars. Calion's comment rings true to me. I think everything has been reshuffled with Stan having all of the creative development that he didn't have with Ditko. I assume the first bit of Romita's work on ASM will be stories that are almost 100% Stan's writing, but hopefully we'll see a bit of what Mr. Romita Sr. Can do once the 'Marvel Method' gets put in place on this magazine.

  skabeaters Says:    
  2016-12-05 18:42:26  
  Peter did a 180 on Betty and Gwen now MJ's gonna take the stage? Psh.  

  jakeisquite Says:    
  2017-11-09 17:08:05  
  I feel like in this issue, the Rhino himself was kind of bland. The reason he's a villian is great, however I feel like the lack of backstory, or explanation of his strength makes me view him as super generic.  

  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2018-02-12 19:59:24  
  • That's my line – "But, May... he's almost twenty... he's going to college!" (Holy Anna) – Finally, someone intelligent who tries to put some sense into that old head that time forgot!

  • That's my line too – "Dad! Who told you such a ridiculous story?" "Nobody! I made it up!" (John and Daddy J) – LOL. That scene is delicious!

  • That's my line, the Third – "I wonder if he was bitten by a radioactive Sherman tank!" (Spider-Man)

  • Romita's Aunt May is so much better than Ditko's monstrous hag. Now she finally looks human. On the other hand, I did prefer Ditko's J. Jonah Jameson.

  • Have you guys ever noticed how the narrative often makes it look like Stan is apologizing for scenes with no action, e.g. page 2 panel 4? It is likely that those scenes were not expected of him, because of the Marvel Method, and Stan, as always, considered that the readers are too dumb to appreciate character development and background stories and that they only care for superhero fights.

  • The good doctor just told Parker to take it easy on Aunt May and avoid any stressful situation. And what does he do? He buys himself a motorcycle! Way to go, Parker! That ought to reassure her! Though I must admit, of all the ways to get rid of a relative with a bad heart condition, this one is the coolest!

  • Rhino is like the Spider-Man menagerie version of the Juggernaut!

  • This issue had many wonderful things: the intro of another one of Spidey's classical foe giving him a nice fight, the return of John Jameson way back from issue 1, Peter and Betty calmly realizing that it's over for good, the hint that Parker might get an apartment, tons of humor and great lines, and the prospect of finally meeting Mary Jane. What more do you want? 5 stars.

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