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560: Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3

" ...To Become An Avenger! "
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Amazing Spider-Man #3
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Steve Ditko
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Don Heck, John Romita Sr.
Inkers: Mike Esposito
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Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: November 1966
Release Date: August 1966
Story Arc: -
Pages: 21
Cover Price: $0.25
Times Read: 607                 Times Rated: 348
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Upon receiving an invitation to join The Mighty Avengers, Spider-Man undertakes an arduous pair of tests to prove himself worthy. Will Spidey be up to the task, or will the Avenger's trial reveal him as a fraud?
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Character Appearances
 
Main Characters
  Spider-Man
Spider-Man last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #41 (v1). Spider-Man next appears in X-Men #27 (v1).
     
Supporting Characters
  Captain America
Captain America last appeared in Tales of Suspense #87b (v1). Captain America next appears in Avengers #34 (v1).
     
  Thor
Thor last appeared in Thor #140a (v1). Thor next appears in Thor #141a (v1).
     
  Iron Man
Iron Man last appeared in Avengers #32 (v1). Iron Man next appears in Tales of Suspense #87a (v1).
     
  The Wasp
The Wasp last appeared in Tales of Suspense #84b (v1). The Wasp next appears in Avengers #34 (v1).
     
  Hawkeye
Hawkeye last appeared in Tales of Suspense #84b (v1). Hawkeye next appears in Avengers #34 (v1).
     
  Goliath
Goliath last appeared in Tales of Suspense #84b (v1). Goliath next appears in Avengers #34 (v1).
     
  Daredevil
Daredevil last appeared in Daredevil #19 (v1). Daredevil next appears in Daredevil #20 (v1).
     
  Aunt May
Aunt May last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #41 (v1). Aunt May next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1).
     
  J. Jonah Jameson
J. Jonah Jameson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #41 (v1). J. Jonah Jameson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1).
     
  Frederick Foswell
Frederick Foswell last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #37 (v1). Frederick Foswell next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1).
     
Villains
  The Hulk
The Hulk last appeared in Smash #38. The Hulk next appears in Tales to Astonish #85b (v1).
     
 
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Avengers
Avengers last appeared in Tales of Suspense #84b (v1). Avengers next appears in Avengers #34 (v1).
   
     
 
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Captain America's Shield
Captain America's Shield last appeared in Tales of Suspense #87b (v1). Captain America's Shield next appears in Avengers #34 (v1).
 
     
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bastos
   April 21, 2014
Most of the time, they flit past a story - and have no real impact about any of the titles.

This one is little exception. It took me way back to the first issue of Spider-Man when he made an in-road to try and join the FF. This one looks at the other side of the coin.

It really mis-handles the Avengers team. The whole Sixties era - especially the Wasp. Wow was that terrible. She just kept saying how much she hated spiders, and therefore couldn't have him join.

But the section with him reflecting on the Hulk - seeing that he was almost like an animal - and also seeing the alter-ego inside of the Hulk was a little poignant. It came to the head when he decided to abandon membership, and move on. Of course, he never realized that the Avengers were really willing to help the Hulk. Of course, if they WERE that interested, they might have helped him themselves.
 
 
 
 
jfpj1991
   October 25, 2012
This issue pulled out all the stops when it came to guest stars. Usually, I am not a fan of throwing in too many guest stars, and sometimes even one is too many. This issue really utilized the guest appearances in a positive, strong showing, though.

The plot centered around Spider-Man becoming an Avenger, so that part was easy to incorporate. Having the Avengers issue a summons to Iron Man and Thor, who are currently on leave, was a simple but plausible way of pulling those two into the issue. Now, as we’ve seen, the Avengers have been searching for the Hulk for a long time. Since the Hulk has been in New York looking for Rick (TtA stories), having Spider-Man hunt him down as part of the test seemed believable, also. Even Daredevil’s guest appearance was done well. It was brief but lent credit to Spider-Man’s strength.
 
 
 
 
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2011-11-07 16:26:41  
  "The Hulk's been spotted near the downtown gamma ray research center!" Downtown gamma ray research center? No wonder my property taxes are so damn high!  
 
 

  Canuck Says:    
  2012-06-24 15:50:32  
  The Avengers go to Daredevil, a person none of them have ever had dealings with, to help determine if Spider-Man is a stand up guy. Ummm, okay.  
 
 

  andyzh Says:    
  2012-07-20 18:00:23  
  of course the hulk is at some research building to do with gamma rays that's what made him he's also the leading expert on gamma rays  
 
 

  Mr. M. Says:    
  2012-07-25 19:19:57  
  Apart from Hulk's whereabouts and issue with Daredevil I strongly dislike the way the Avengers act in this issue. They are jerks, especially Wasp and the whole concept of capturing the Hulk looks not so moral to me delivered in this way. Also, they all can't capture Hulk so they send Spidey alone?  
 
 

  darkdragonne Says:    
  2012-08-30 13:58:19  
  The conflict in this issue goes to show why Bruce/Hulk is one of my favorite characters at this point. And how Spiderman and the Avengers WANT to help him, but can't really do anything about it... well, to me at least it shows that the issues are improving- there's more than just mindless action and phoney romance.  
 
 

  Webslinger Says:    
  2013-01-05 05:56:08  
  The first time I've read this while doing Spidey order last year I just hated it. I felt both the Avengers and Spider-Man were acting as jerks, and that goes specially out of character for the last one, but now I could enjoy it.

But how Thor and Iron-Man got no time if they stay sited 24 hours awaiting for Spider Man, wasn't searching the Hulk the main task the older Avengers gave to the newcomers? Didn't Avengers and the FF fight together and accomplished nothing, how can one man do it?
 
 
 

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-11 17:04:42  
  Peter runs into a moral dilemma and makes the right choice morally (at least how he sees the situation) and loses something he really wanted. I liked that part but the Avengers act way out of character. I don't recall any initiation tests before or since this incident.
Wasp does not have 'natural' wasp instincts. It's a trumped-up conflict Stan pulls every time the two characters meet.
It's also annoying that she's back to her "I'll bet he's cute" to every man she sees.
Most people would just a slikely squash a wasp as a spider.
It was kind of insulting not to offer membership to DD at the same time.
 
 
 

  Raistlin903 Says:    
  2014-01-14 16:46:48  
  Well, since everyone already said all the points I wanted to make, I will not add yet one more comment pointing them out...... but I will say, kinda cool that the first Superhero that learns who Hulk is is Spidey, and that he actually knows who Bruce Banner is........ also, wow, to think what the Marvel Universe would have turned out like had Spidey actually joined the Avengers this early on....... 50 years of Marvel History would have been changed and completely different had this happened........  
 
 

  duncanm Says:    
  2014-02-10 18:20:30  
  "Anyone can be beaten if you find his weak spot" As he's kicking Hulk in the great green grapes.

Once again, why is it that the good guys can never have a proper conversation without a comedy of misunderstandings. I know before Marvel it was pretty much the Get-Along Gang, but this goes to far in the other direction.
 
 
 

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2014-06-07 14:18:27  
  I think we can all agree that Spider-Man might have slightly overreacted to the Avengers not having a test ready the second he got to their mansion...  
 
 

  specialque Says:    
  2014-08-17 00:02:41  
  There's a lot of the standard "arguing for no reason" that's typical of Marvel, but I think that Spidey's interaction with Banner makes this issue stand out.  
 
 

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-28 06:29:26  
  Best line yet (paraphrasing): "I'm thirsty, but I can't just waltz into a soda shop. So I'll go bug JJ instead." Lol

4 stars, both Spidey and the Avengers were snippy, but Spidey at least thought it was part of their test. 4 stars.
 
 
 

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-10-05 14:52:04  
  And make sure you DON'T FORGET, kids - that Spiders and Wasps are natural enemies!  
 
 

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-10-05 15:40:30  
  And man, I was not expecting Banner to just reveal his secret identity to Spidey.  
 
 

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-11-02 09:42:37  
  3 stars for the Avengers hazing Spidey! I couldn't give it more do to the reasons mentioned above!!

Cover Me - Ditko is listed as the cover artist above, but it definitely looks like Heck did it, and maybe Romita.

Reference - Why bother with Daredevil when Goliath & Wasp already met Spidey back in TTA 57!

Clubhouse Dustup - You know, if Spidey didn't show up, I think that the Avengers would've just started fighting each other!!

Credit Due - Speaking of Heck & Romita; they do a great job on this issue!!!

Sticky - @jfpj1991: Remember, Spidey used his thickest web on the Hulk...uh, yeah that's it...

'Nuff Said - "Well, wobble my webs and call me shaky! It's Goldilocks--the hippest hammer in the west!"-Spidey
 
 
 

  ViolentPhlegm Says:    
  2014-11-14 21:28:34  
  Peter thinks the Avengers WANT him to lose his temper? To what purpose? I didn't like this at all. Almost everyone acts childish.  
 
 

  g2thet Says:    
  2015-06-12 13:43:22  
  I agree the Avengers being pricks. It was a fun issue though.
4 Stars
 
 
 

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-09-30 22:25:50  
  Yeah, poor Daredevil gets screwed in this issue. "Avengers? You called?!? Whatever you need, I'm here!"

"Uh yeah... we need information on a certain Mr. Jass. First name Hugh. Sucka!"

I wouldn't be surprised if they slapped a "Kick Me" sign on his back as he left.

Great scenes with the Hulk though. They really highlight the tragedy of the character in a way that hasn't been done yet in the Order.

And Locust... how could you pass up "Silence, neophyte!" for 'Nuff Said?? :-D
 
 
 

  HeffElf Says:    
  2015-10-26 19:52:27  
  2 stars for Three's Company conundrum: "We meant to tell him we want to help the Hulk! Oh he's too far away now and none of us have the ability to catch up to him....oh well we'll explain it to him when he gets back!"
Then no explanation when he does get back. Lazy storytelling 60's Stan Lee! Shame on you!
 
 
 

  Urgat @ MattzLadd (original post):    
  2016-08-17 05:56:54  
  I actually think that it was because of 2 things...he might have known Spider-Man is a "Loner" and is also keeping a secret identity and therefore might not yell the identity of the Hulk out loud the next moment he the chance to do so. And second he was just to exhausted to flee or make any excuses, adding to fact he knew he would turn back again in a few seconds. Maybe he would also tell the truth to the Avengers if they would meet in a similar situation...  
 
 

  Russ Says:    
  2016-09-25 18:04:04  
  I think this story exists because the powers-that-be probably got a lot of letters asking why Spidey wasn't a member of the Avengers or something, since almost every other hero (Daredevil excepted) was a member of a team. The thing is, street level heroes like Spidey and Daredevil work best as loners at this point, so putting them on a team doesn't really work. It could've worked, though; Stan would've found a way.

The best part of this story was Spidey finding out the connection between the Hulk and Bruce Banner. It saved an otherwise insipid story that Stan probably thought was necessary at the time, and it probably was, but badly contrived. Just about all the other comments above explain why, so I won't rehash. 2 stars
 
 
 

  Calion Says:    
  2016-10-07 14:06:32  
 
  1. Um…Daredevil can receive radio? Can he get rock ‘n’ roll stations? That must be nice, to be able to listen to the radio wherever you go, with no equipment. Can he choose what stations he hears, or is it all of them at once? Seriously, this has got to be the dumbest thing Stan has come up with, and that’s saying a lot. And it would have been so easy to do it right; just have high-frequency sound waves, like a dog whistle. Why the Avengers would have a machine to generate those is another question.
  2. Besides—how do they even know what DD can hear? Aren’t his abilities a closely guarded secret (unlike Spidey’s Spider-sense, unfortunately)?
  3. P. 16, pn. 3: Hey! A new simile! Papier-mâché! And really appropriate too.
  4. Is Spidey an idiot suddenly? Or is he just used to beating everyone? He’s not even trying to lure Hulk to the Avengers Mansion.
  5. P. 18, pn.1: ’Nuff said: "Holy wobblin’ webs!! Who are you??
  6. I agree; who is he? That certainly doesn’t look like Bruce Banner!
  7. Why does Bruce disclose who he is? I thought his identity was a huge secret.
  8. Er…Spidey…if you don’t trust the Avengers enough to treat Hulk well, perhaps you shouldn’t be applying for membership.

This was…fine. It doesn’t really live up to what I expect from an Annual. There weren’t even any extra features! If he had actually joined the Avengers, that would have been another thing. ★★★½

References: Daredevil #16, Daredevil #17

 
 
 

  Judassiah Says:    
  2016-11-03 23:53:56  
  + Interesting to see Heck's Pencils over Romita's Spidey layouts.
+ The Spider-Man poster. I'm surprised this wasn't mentioned. I totally have one of those up in my garage too! Avengers are fanboys too, way to go!
+ Especially Hawkeye, I liked how he was all for it and how he empathized with Spider-Man.

+ The water dispenser scenes were amazing.
+ Jan's dislike of Spidey. I mean, this could be a nice ongoing subplot if they spruce it up to more than what it just is, giving these two characters their own unique relationship the odd time they meet up would he good. I hope it continues, for one. Again, so lon as it is developed into something more than that wasps hate spiders in the wilderness.
+ Spider-Man being annoyed at having to be a part of choosing his own trial. I'm sorry, but Parker is the only one of the schmuck present - aside from possibly Thor, and poor Daredevil - who has enough subplots going on in his own life to be pissed off over having to wait. THIS guy was just giving a time limit of 24 hours to make a life changing decision. After spending an entire day wracking his brain over the choice, he shows up to the meeting. An AVENGERS meeting, at the freaking AVENGERS MANSION. Even Iron Man and Thor are present. And they're all just sitting there like "oh, hey! Jesus, we didn't actually think you were gonna show up! So, uh... yeah. Guys? YOU wanna
 
 
 

  Judassiah Says:    
  2016-11-04 00:03:09  
  "You wanna bicker and stall a little bit here, this is embarrassing." Spidey had a right to be ticked.

+ The Hulk. I'm going to call it a Romita/Heck combo but I really like his style here.
+ Spidey staggering the Hulk! That was freaking amazing to see!
+ The Hulk in 'smash mode' is definitely a win for me. I loved how Stan put it: he's an innocent child trapped inside the shell of a monster. Super!

- I hate how they all treat Jan. Susan and Jean are finally somewhat respected, but Jan likes to have a good time and is therefore less of a person? Is that the message Lee was trying to send here? Blarg.

3 stars.
 
 
 

  kungfufan Says:    
  2016-12-29 09:53:31  
  I liked the art, I liked the layouts, I liked Hulk turning to Banner, and Spidey listening to his conscience.
I didn't like the ridiculous amount of speech bubbles, the Marvel Misunderstanding Moment, nor the cheap publicity stunt of adding Thor, Iron Man and Daredevil to the annual when they clearly don't fit.
 
 
 

  samholmes1313 Says:    
  2017-05-11 11:04:59  
  It really irritates me how formal and bureaucratic are the Avengers.  
 
 

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2017-05-15 09:04:01  
  Other than *maybe* the last Ditko issue, this is the first time in the order I've been flat out disappointed in an issue. I won't re-hash the problems everyone had with the characters behavior and motivations, but the central decision at the end rang hollow with me. Sure, Hulk has a deeper problem than it seemed, but I don't see how letting him leave and lying to the avengers actually helps him. There were a wealth of unexplored options between nothing and turning him in (how about telling the FF? Or even just telling the Avengers some of the details?). It was just lazy writing seeking to mainain the status quo.

I still gave it 2 stars, because the worst issue of spidey is still better than most of X-Men and Tales to Astonish, and all of Daredevil at this point.
 
 
 

  chademe Says:    
  2017-05-18 10:35:54  
  The dialogue in this was horrible.  
 
 

  StrictSnow Says:    
  2017-07-31 13:06:39  
  Why does Spidey get so heated around other super heroes? Is he a cat?  
 
 

  jakeisquite Says:    
  2017-11-09 18:10:22  
  That seemed extremely forced. There are so many better ways to make a cross-over like that.  
 
 

 
 
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