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586: Amazing Spider-Man #43 (v1)

" Rhino on the Rampage! "
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Amazing Spider-Man #43 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: John Romita Sr.
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: John Romita Sr.
Colourists: Andy Yanchus
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: December 1966
Release Date: September 1966
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 617                 Times Rated: 346
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Daredevil #24 (v1)
Daredevil #25 (v1)
Amazing Spider-Man #43 (v1)
Strange Tales #150a (v1)
Thor #141a (v1)
584: Daredevil
#24 (v1)
585: Daredevil
#25 (v1)
587: Strange Tale...
#150a (v1)
588: Thor
#141a (v1)
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When the Rhino's tranquilizer wears off, he makes good his escape and goes on a rampage through the city to draw the web slinger's attention.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Spider-Man last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1). Spider-Man next appears in Strange Tales #156a (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Aunt May
Aunt May last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1). Aunt May next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #44 (v1).
  J. Jonah Jameson
J. Jonah Jameson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1). J. Jonah Jameson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #44 (v1).
  Gwen Stacy
Gwen Stacy last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1). Gwen Stacy next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #44 (v1).
  Flash Thompson
Flash Thompson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1). Flash Thompson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #44 (v1).
  Betty Brant
Betty Brant last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1). Betty Brant next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #44 (v1).
  Mary Jane Watson
Mary Jane Watson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1). Mary Jane Watson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #44 (v1).
  Anna Watson
Anna Watson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1). Anna Watson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #45 (v1).
  John Jameson
John Jameson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1). John Jameson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #47 (v1).
  Ned Leeds
Ned Leeds last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1). Ned Leeds next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #45 (v1).
  Frederick Foswell
Frederick Foswell last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1). Frederick Foswell next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #44 (v1).
  Curt Connors
Curt Connors last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #33 (v1). Curt Connors next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #44 (v1).
  Harry Osborn
Harry Osborn last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1). Harry Osborn next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #44 (v1).
  Matt Murdock
Matt Murdock last appeared in Daredevil #25 (v1). Matt Murdock next appears in Strange Tales #156a (v1).
  Foggy Nelson
Foggy Nelson last appeared in Daredevil #25 (v1). Foggy Nelson next appears in Daredevil #26 (v1).
  Karen Page
Karen Page last appeared in Daredevil #25 (v1). Karen Page next appears in Daredevil #26 (v1).
  The Rhino
The Rhino last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1). The Rhino next appears in Incredible Hulk #104 (v1).
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Issue Notes

Although there is a mention of Rino escaping, which offers in Daredevil #22, this issue can not occur before that one. It is an irreparable continuity error.
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  TStarnes Says:    
  2011-10-17 00:00:00  
  Man, the "cool" way that Mary Jane is talking is not how I remember the character at all.  

  Redsvetz Says:    
  2011-11-08 13:34:52  
  Yeah. I never read any Spider-Man before I started The Order, so I had no frame of reference, but after all the "build up" she comes off as a very annoying "chick."  

  poj-poj Says:    
  2012-06-07 14:31:27  
  I like her alot! I find they way she act and talk too be the best of all the females in the order so far!  

  Mr. M. Says:    
  2012-07-25 19:41:10  
  MJ's the best. No other in any other series female is at least in half so fun reading as MJ is. Also fight with Rhino is nicely executed.  

  Webslinger Says:    
  2013-02-09 10:02:26  
  I like it cause it has many nice developments, and MJ is just a big step forward on Marvel's girls characterization. Just think of Jane Foster, or the somewhat futile Janet van Dyne.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-12 08:47:56  
  As an older guy, I know that by the time I hear the latest slang, it's pretty much run its course through the younger group. Comic writers of the Silver Age tended to be older men and their attempts at capturing current teen trends often fell flat. Stan's characterization of MJs dialogue is cringe-worthy for someone who lived through the period and knows how phony it sounds.  

  Raistlin903 Says:    
  2014-01-18 15:51:45  
  Why is MJ the only one their age that is talking with that much slang??? I hope this dialogue dosen't go on for too long like this.......  

  duncanm Says:    
  2014-02-16 23:12:28  
  MJ's a hippie!! Oh gods no!! The dialogue! The DIALOGUE!!!
What do you think, was the last page really made up on the fly due to a miscount? That's a heck of a lot happening that came from nowhere. Flash being drafted into 'Nam is a great way to keep things grounded in the times as well.

  Spider-Borg @ Raistlin903 (original post):    
  2014-07-14 22:35:41  
  Yeah I was excited to see MJ in the order until I read this issue. I'm starting to really dislike her now. I really hope they cut that crap out soon.  

  gloomyharvester Says:    
  2014-08-08 12:32:09  
  Letters page, so not only was Marvel-Time conceived of by Lee Vercoe, but he also coined the term. Maybe Marvel should have tried to hire this physics major to write for them. At least he wouldn't have been mystified by the magical powers of magnets.  

  specialque Says:    
  2014-08-27 09:18:11  
  A great, fun issue, but that last page seemed really off.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-30 20:54:58  
  Absolutely love MJs dialogue. This was such a fun issue. 4 stars for the Rhino's hiding noting off.  

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-10-11 18:46:11  
  Man, MJ has some kooky dialogue...  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-11-15 08:08:51  
  4 stars for the Rampaging Rhino, and great stories of the supporting cast!!!

Cover Me - It looks like Spidey is doing his best bull riding impersonation!

Rhinoplasty - Makes you wonder how the Rhino went to the little boys room???

Leading Man - Peter doesn't have to worry about Rock Hudson stealing Mary Jane away from him!

Tight Wad - Notice J Jonah only said the washroom key, and not the executive washroom key. I guess poor Peter had to hold it while at the Daily Bugle in the past!!!

'Nuff Said - "What say we give the boob tube a whirl?"-Mary Jane

  g2thet Says:    
  2015-06-17 01:30:25  
  Great story! I like how Spidey used his brains and not his brawn to halt the rampaging Rhino.
4 Stars

  edrlima Says:    
  2015-06-19 19:23:07  
  I really liked that spider-man was saved by a cop  

  Vancelot Says:    
  2015-07-21 23:06:23  
  The contrast between DD and Spiderman is obvious when going back and forth in the order.  

  Beaustaff Says:    
  2015-08-21 09:55:36  
  Man Spiderman is so much better than everything else.  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-11-17 21:27:57  
  Good issue, although MJ was a bit over the top! It looked like Romita was really trying to ape the Ditko style on a few of the later pages, the ones set up with the 3x3 panel structure. I can't wait until he finally unleashes his own take on the characters.

As it is, his rendition of MJ is a far cry from the one Ditko gave us, where she had that frilly dress and the big sun hat to hide her face back when they where being coy with the reveal.

  jbb10499 Says:    
  2016-04-27 11:54:01  
  boob tube?  

  indypaul @ TStarnes (original post):    
  2016-07-11 10:52:41  
  One thing I always enjoyed about reading MJ was how confident, wise, and understanding she was always portrayed. It's actually quite shocking how those same elements are apparent even from the beginning, even at the same time that her dialogue is so nutty. I hope this tapers off soon, and the core strengths remain.  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-09-29 20:17:23  
  I had almost forgotten how much of a "party girl" MJ was in these early issues. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but a lot of us knew there was much more going on with her than depicted in these stories. But it's still kinda fun to see what she's like now versus the evolution her character takes over the years.

And Marvel continues to buck the trend on social issues. Putting Flash in the army to go fight in the war couldn't have been too popular a decision during that particular time period.

  GroovyGolem @ jbb10499 (original post):    
  2016-09-29 20:40:14  
  Boob Tube = Television. Old TV screens were large cathode ray tubes, and watching too much was thought to make you an idiot, i.e., a "boob."

  Urgat Says:    
  2016-10-13 09:31:02  
  haha this is so funny...
Comment Section of Issue 42:
Yay, MJ at last, wow she is stunning, can't wait for more of her...

...one issue later... (Comment Section of Issue 43):
Urghh, what is it with MJ, pls stop, that dialogue, can that pls change quick

Awesome you guys XD

  Calion Says:    
  2016-10-24 09:51:24  
  1. P5/pn5: …How does Rhino go to the bathroom?
  2. P5/pn6: Why in the world would treatments increasing strength increase intelligence? C’mon, Stan, you were doing so well last issue. Besides, it’s a better story if he stays stupid. Perhaps, stupid as he was, he eventually realized what he could do with his power. Or he was so stupid, he accidentally killed his creators.
  3. P6/pn4: Yay! I was thinking that Peter should use the excuse of needing to take pictures to go after the Rhino, and he he goes and does it! That really is a convenient cover.
  4. Knowing a certain…fact about MJ makes her behavior here make so much more sense. Why is she so instantly attracted to a nerd like Peter? Why is she so willing to rush to danger, and then let Pete go off on his own? These things make much more sense in full context.
  5. P7/pn4: Why does Pete’s camera have antennae? And did ’60s cameras have automatic zoom? I don’t think they did. Is that some kind of primitive iPhone?

A run-of-the-mill Spidey issue, which means not half bad. Neat to see MJ in full form. ★★★˝

References: ASM #41


  ViktorG Says:    
  2017-01-22 15:13:15  
  Pretty fun issue, and interesting that most of the overall story progression came separate on the last page.  

  kungfufan Says:    
  2017-03-31 20:32:21  
  Darn, you guys with all your "with what I know about MJ..." is driving me crazy! What DON'T I know? No, don't tell me, let me suffer through the order until I eventually get there and find out for myself...  

  Calion @ kungfufan (original post):    
  2017-05-12 06:05:04  
  You've got a looong way to go. The reveal is sometime in the 80's, I think. To be honest, I wish I didn't know myself.  

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2017-05-21 11:32:21  
  This book was excellent. Mary Jane is an breath of fresh air from all the other women (Sorry, Stan, "females") in the comics of the era. I liked Spidey using his head and his allies to defeat the Rhino in a somewhat novel (for the times) way. The topical addition of the draft was a good touch, too.  

  StrictSnow Says:    
  2017-11-09 06:01:12  
  Really just an okay Spidey issue but after that Daredevil string in the Order... It feels like "If this be my Destiny...!"  

  jakeisquite Says:    
  2017-11-12 23:48:57  
  MJ sounds like a hippie and I don't know if I like that. Aunt May getting in the way of things again for any relationship for Peter is annoying like always. I liked the issue though.  

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Essential Amazing Spider-Man, Volume 2
This collection includesAmazing Spider-Man #21 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #22 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #23 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #24 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #25 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #26 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #27 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #28 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2, Amazing Spider-Man #29 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #30 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #31 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #32 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #33 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #34 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #35 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #36 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #37 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #38 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #39 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #40 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #41 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3, Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #43 (v1)
Marvel Masterworks: Amazing Spider-Man, Volume 5
This collection includesAmazing Spider-Man #41 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3, Amazing Spider-Man #42 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #43 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #44 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #45 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #46 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #47 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #48 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #49 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #50 (v1)
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Dear Stan and John,

      In #43 you mentioned you were concerned about the aging problem. Should Spidey continue to get older? I might have the solution. As you know, to stop all our heroes from getting older would seem unrealistic, but to age them one whole year for every 12 issues would also be unrealistic. For examples, in TALES OF SUSPENSE, the time, issue-wise, from Iron Man's first battle with Titanium Man to the second battle took over 12 issues, or over a year. However, reading all those issues in a row, I found that it took 4 days of Iron Man's life at the most. At this rate, 20 years from now, we can will be reading Iron Man, and he'll only have to gels few months older. See now simple it is, Marvel time is different than our time. Peter Parker cart stay in college for a hundred years our time aid still have only been there four years Marvel time. If this is the solution you want, don't applaud, just throw no-prizes. I knew my four years in college as a Physics major would be good for solving something.

Lee Vercoe
Box 169
Elco. Pa. 15034

Go to the head of the class, Lee. Your solution really grabbed us! (Mostly, because it's what we had practically decided to do, anyway!) So, your special deluxe no-prize will be on its way to you as soon as it gets old enough! We also had a zillion other great answers to our little time-riddle (With a hey-diddle-diddle), and since there are too many to fit in a dozen pages like this, we'll just print the names of the ten frantic ones whose letters we received first. Our thanks to you magnanimous Marvelites who took the time to and trouble to compound the confusion for us as well as to the host of others whose letters were read, tabulated, chuckled-over, and treasured! OFFICIAL LIST OF TEN RUNNERS-UP IN MARVEL'S MIXED-UP SHOULD SPIDEY AGE CONTEST: Scot Pope, Jack Friedman, Robert Ford, Randy Hudson, Lynda Johnson, Steven Ratfelders, Lee Puff, William Link, Michael Jungman, and Bill Malcomn Heroes all!

Dear Stan and John,

      I have just finished reading issue #43, and, if I have ever seen a cover so brilliantly displayed, I've seen It now. I happened to come across a question about whether or not we should keep Spidey aging or keep him at a standstill. I think we should keep him at a standstill and now allow him to grow up. If we keep him at the age he is now, he would be like as symbol of American Youth, the teen years of life.

Dave Mitchell
4834 Marseilles
Detroit, Mich.

Your letter represents the minority opinion Davey boy! The vote was about six to one to let ol' Web-head gradually age, albeit at a slower than normal rate, but we wanted to include a negative vole also, just to show that every shade of opinion is represented in the serried ranks of Marveldom! To reiterate, then, Spidey and his co-stars shall grow older as time passes but they won't age a full year for every year of our time. You see, they sort-of spend most of the month in hibernation and that keeps 'em young a while longer! (Hooo boy! How'd we ever get into this?) And now for still another peer-less point of view.

Dear Stan and John,

      I am writing in regard to a letter in SPIDER-MAN #43. By all means, have Spidey age. The poor guy has got enough problems without finding out that he'll never grow old. Spidey is a symbol of today's teenage youth and should grow up with today's teenagers. The fact that Marvel heroes age right along with their readers is one of the reasons why your mags are as great as they are. And as far as tomorrow's generation is concerned, I'm sure Spidey is not the only hero who will go down in the annals of Marvel as the only teenage super-hero who visited a psychiatrist. Have Spidey marry and have a son with super powers. Then you could have a mag entitles "Son of Spider-Man." So, until Spidey outlives Little Orphan Mole, make mine Marvel!

Joe Malik
4620 Burger
Cleveland, Ohio 44109

"Son of Spidey-Man," eh? Then, we can him grow up and meet 'Daughter of the Black Widow' and before you know it, wedding bells and a new mag entitles "Five Little Tarantulas, and How They Grew", It's an interesting thought, Joey boy but now, before the men In the while coats come to drag us away, let's turn to other matters of earth-shattering inconsequence--

Dear Stan and John,

      SPIDER-MAN #43 was terrific! I really liked the action as well as the art and story. It was great on pages 12 and 13 when that cop saved Spidey's life. It really busted ol' Web-head's ego. On page 20, when Flash said he got drafted, Gwen said she didn't think Pete would get drafted because he's a scholarship student. Isn't Flash in college on a sports scholarship? Now omnipotent time. You've got to let Spidey grow up. If you don't, it might take away one of the biggest things about Marvel that I like. In your mags you have some characters that are about forty, but you don't make them look like they're 20, no, you make them look 40! In other companies' mags, there's some guys who must be about 60, and they look like 30-year-olds! And their teenage pals should be about 33! Growing up is what happens in life. I also love your Marvel Super-Heroes on TV.

David McGuigan
115 W. Butler Ave.
New Britain, Pa. 18901

Ouch! We thought we'd seen the last of the "Should We Let Spidey Age," letters, But, one final missive which somehow slipped thru isn't apt to effect the final tabulation too much, and besides, your opinion agrees with the majority. Dave. (Which is kind'a unusual fora true Marvelite. Most of the time, our faithful frantic ones tend to disagree with everything and, if you agree with 'em while they're disagreeing, they'll disagree with your agreement!) Oh well, it's been a long day for us! So, who says this isn't the Marvel Age of Consistent Inconsistency!

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