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837: Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5

" The Parents of Peter Parker! "
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Amazing Spider-Man #5
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Editor-in-Chief:
Cover Artists: John Romita Sr.
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Larry Lieber
Inkers: Mike Esposito
Colourists:
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: November 1968
Release Date: August 1968
Story Arc: -
Pages: 40
Cover Price: $0.25
Times Read: 505                 Times Rated: 291
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Spider-Man discovers his parents were labeled as traitors to the own country. Unable to believe such a thing about those who sired him, Peter sets out for Algeria to learn if there is more to the truth than originally reported.
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Character Appearances
 
Main Characters
  Spider-Man
Spider-Man last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #61 (v1). Spider-Man next appears in Spectacular Spider-Man Magazine #1a.
     
Supporting Characters
  Aunt May
Aunt May last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #60 (v1). Aunt May next appears in Spectacular Spider-Man Magazine #1a.
     
  Harry Osborn
Cameo Appearance
Harry Osborn last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #61 (v1). Harry Osborn next appears in Spectacular Spider-Man Magazine #1a. This is a cameo appearance.
     
  Gwen Stacy
Cameo Appearance
Gwen Stacy last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #61 (v1). Gwen Stacy next appears in Spectacular Spider-Man Magazine #1a. This is a cameo appearance.
     
  Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic last appeared in Fantastic Four #79 (v1). Mr. Fantastic next appears in Fantastic Four #80 (v1).
     
  The Thing
Cameo Appearance
The Thing last appeared in Fantastic Four #79 (v1). The Thing next appears in Fantastic Four #80 (v1). This is a cameo appearance.
     
  The Human Torch
Cameo Appearance
The Human Torch last appeared in Fantastic Four #79 (v1). The Human Torch next appears in X-Men #47b (v1). This is a cameo appearance.
     
  Ben Parker
Ben Parker last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #50 (v1). Ben Parker next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #200 (v1). This is a flashback appearance.
     
  Richard Parker
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Richard Parker in the mainstream continuity. Richard Parker next appears in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #68 (v1). This is a flashback appearance.
     
  Mary Parker
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Mary Parker in the mainstream continuity. Mary Parker next appears in Marvel Graphic Novel #46. This is a flashback appearance.
     
  Amal
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Amal in the mainstream continuity.
     
Villains
  Red Skull
Red Skull last appeared in Young Men #27c. Red Skull next appears in Captain America #155 (v1).
     
  Finisher
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Finisher in the mainstream continuity.
     
  Sandor
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Sandor in the mainstream continuity.
     
  Ahab
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Ahab in the mainstream continuity.
     
 
Group Appearances
The Fantastic Four (Roster II)
The Fantastic Four last appeared in Fantastic Four #79 (v1). The Fantastic Four next appears in Fantastic Four #80 (v1).
   
     
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bastos
   April 22, 2014
When I initially read comics, back in the nineties, I skipped over Spider-Man for some crazy reason. But I started collecting again in the 350-270 range - right when Spider-Man's parents were coming back into the mix. And I can remember hating the story - but appreciating the telling, to a degree. Of COURSE I wanted to find out what in the world was going on with his parents.

This story, though, is too mired in its own time. I like the idea - of them being wrongly punished. But it doesn't quite sit well in its telling. Maybe I just have something against the Red Skull. He's such a bad villain. I like many of these - just I don't want so much mess. Does Spidey really need to fight all of these middle-Eastern terrorists?
 
 
 
 
jfpj1991
   October 22, 2012
This was a fantastic issue of The Amazing Spider-Man, as the annuals of this title hardly ever disappoint. There are many things about this issue that really make the entire thing enjoyable. The most important element is the character development we see here. Most of the time we donít see Peter lose control of himself, only in extreme circumstances, and this is one of them. Peterís so distraught over his parents he does things that would normally be out of character for him.

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Comments
   
 
  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-01-05 16:51:10  
  The way Pete found his "proof" was pretty silly, but overall this was a decent story.  
 
 

  Xythe Says:    
  2012-06-22 07:45:47  
  I love how the 20 years younger version of Aunt May looks exactly the same.  
 
 

  Calthor Says:    
  2012-07-12 04:18:13  
  This incarnation of the Red Skull is much more threatening/evil to me than the one Captain America keeps facing, but I can't really figure out why.  
 
 

  Wady Says:    
  2012-07-31 16:23:51  
  How ironic (with the latest events of Disney buing Marvel rights), at the end of this mag there are some wild ideas of what would happen if other artist would draw Spiderman how about Siper-Mikey???  
 
 

  rubixcube60 Says:    
  2012-09-19 17:35:09  
  The stories featuring Stan and Co. are always the highlights of these annuals. Personally I'd love to see a story where Dr. Doom goes undercover as a housekeeper.  
 
 

  Robareid Says:    
  2013-08-10 11:51:02  
  Really enjoyed the first half of this issue  
 
 

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-16 13:41:52  
  I like Red Skull as a Bond-style criminal mastermind, more than as the blustering Nazi looking to re-form the Reich. Spider-man Vs Red Skull was a nice change of pace for both of them.  
 
 

  FearThePaw Says:    
  2013-11-11 22:18:33  
  So.. How do peter parker gets back to America now?  
 
 

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2014-07-19 17:40:48  
  So...how did Spider-Man get back from Algeria?  
 
 

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-09-29 20:21:12  
  Spidey vs. Red Skull, I loved it! I'm sharing the previous 2 sentiments, how did the Spider get home?  
 
 

  Alex Daily Says:    
  2014-11-25 15:21:34  
  I'd-a given this five stars just for the backup material, so it's a good thing I enjoyed the main story, too!  
 
 

  specialque Says:    
  2014-11-27 21:02:24  
  Sometimes when villains hop from title to title it doesn't always work, but Spidey fighting the Red Skill was brilliant.  
 
 

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2014-12-14 11:17:52  
  Larry Lieber - pencilling well?!

Say it's not so!
 
 
 

  SmokyB Says:    
  2015-02-18 11:07:24  
  Wow. Nazis really love a weaponised chair.  
 
 

  Locust75 Says:    
  2015-04-16 21:43:06  
  4 stars for Spidey rockin' the Casbah!!!

Cover Me - Very hypnotic cover! I hear if you spin the comic counter-clockwise...you'll get a urge to bye Daredevil comics!!!

Pituitary Gland - So, Baby Peter went from infant to toddler in one month!!??

On The Road To Algeria - I wonder what Mr. Fantastic and Spidey talked about during their flight?

Never Leave Home Without It - Why don't those card carrying spies just wear a shirt with "SPY" printed on it!!

Red Red Skull - To those noticing the Red Skull acting different, you're right. How could the Nazi Red Skull kill Peter's parents AFTER WWII when he was still in suspended animation after fighting Cap DURING WWII? Enter the Commie Red Skull from the 50's that fought a different Cap as well...

Tidy- @rubixcube60: Does DOOM dressing up as Scruffy the Janitor in FF #17 count?

'Nuff Said - "Never again will I bemoan my secret identity--or toy with the thought of giving it up!"-Fingers Crossed Spidey
 
 
 

  Antifa Says:    
  2015-06-29 18:30:09  
  "This is the worst thing that has ever happened to me"

What about when you accidentally facilitated your uncle's murder?
 
 
 

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2015-09-02 12:38:04  
  You'd think that Spidey would make Red Skull his number one target after learning all this.  
 
 

  Katryn Says:    
  2016-06-12 09:10:30  
  Point to Spidey on this one, watermelons are definitely not the ultimate weapon. Paste is.
Fez count: 6 (maybe 7, but pretty sure the inker just forgot between panels what colour the driver's one was). Because Algeria.
 
 
 

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2016-08-23 19:48:08  
  "Parker. Peter Parker."

Such a cool James Bond vibe to this one. I didn't realize the spy/counter-spy history with Peter's parents started so early. I thought that came much later in the timeline.

Mickey Demeo did a great job on the artwork. It was close enough to the look and feel of Romita's run on the title so far, but still different enough in terms of angles, POV, etc. I liked it!

I just thought it was so cool to start the show in Algeria. It makes you realize how "normal" it is to see Spidey swinging around in NYC, and this was a very refreshing change of pace. Made for a nice "fish out of water" story for Spidey, and he handled himself well.

I was completely surprised by the Skull's appearance. I didn't know (or didn't remember) the history of Pete's parents, so I didn't expect to see the Red Skull, even as I was looking at the official Skull Fan Club card that had Richard Parker's name on it. It was great to see a different villain face off against Spidey for once. Not that his Rogue's Gallery isn't any good... it's just nice to see a change once in a while.

And finally, how cool to see Spidey break that rifle in half?
 
 
 

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2016-08-23 19:53:17  
  As for the "celebrity" Spidey's... There are some obvious ones, but it looks like we have Dick Tracy, Li'l Abner, Superman(?), Mickey Mouse, Archie, and Charlie Brown.  
 
 

  Russ Says:    
  2016-10-24 12:40:38  
  I thought this story was really good. Spidey seemed to be more in his element in the spy/intrigue game than busting up super-villains and street punks. He has the intelligence for it, considering his science background. I recall reading a What If story involving him and Wolverine going undercover for SHIELD and he seemed a natural for it there, too.

Also, Spidey vs. the Red Skull. I was surprised at this, too, but it really seemed to work well. The Skull seemed more cunning and calculated than the blustery hot-headed villain we've seen in Captain America. I'd like to see these two face off again. However, I'm a little confused. Is this a different Red Skull from the World War II Skull?

4 stars; a couple of plot holes (that were already mentioned above) stopped this just short of going 5 stars. Larry Lieber redeems himself after the lackluster Annual #4. And the side features are always fun in these Annuals.
 
 
 

  Russ Says:    
  2016-10-24 12:42:31  
  After posting the above, I caught @Locust75's comment about this being a different Red Skull. I think I prefer this one over Cap's arch-foe. And it answers a lot of continuity questions too.  
 
 

  skabeaters Says:    
  2017-01-01 21:29:30  
  Uncle Ben's little brother looks like he could be Uncle Ben's great grandson. I've never understood why Aunt May and Uncle Ben had to be so old, it seems pretty unrealistic, especially for a family from the mid 20th century.  
 
 

  TonyRolloBrownTown Says:    
  2017-04-09 07:27:36  
  "That may have been the most useless battle I've ever fought."
I don't know, man. I can think of a few contenders.
 
 
 

  Leander Malurt Says:    
  2017-06-28 07:18:32  
  Of course it was nice to finally learn the backstory of Parker's parents, but I must admit that the solution was a bit dump. As a non-American I'm starting to tire with all the patriotism, but that might just be me. So three stars for a disappointing end.  
 
 

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-09-13 11:05:41  
  I could only give this one 3 stars. Leiber is a good artist but with him and Romita, Spider-Man has stagnated art-wise. The Red Skull was a great idea for a villain but as has been pointed out above, this was really a James Bond story with Spider-Man. It wasn't Amazing and it wasn't Spectacular but it was okay. The stuff at the back was great, especially Li'l Abner as Spiderman, but not enough to give it another star.  
 
 

 
 
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Essential Amazing Spider-Man, Volume 4
 
This collection includesAmazing Spider-Man #66 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #67 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #68 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #69 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #70 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #71 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #72 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #73 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #74 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #75 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #76 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #77 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #78 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #79 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #80 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #81 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #82 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #83 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #84 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #85 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #86 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #87 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #88 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man #89 (v1), Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5, Spectacular Spider-Man Magazine #2
     
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   November 20, 2017 TStarnes
   January 22, 2017 Drax Updated the listing for Red Skull.
   August 31, 2016 fragsel Added Ahab to the issue.
   August 31, 2016 fragsel Added Amal to the issue.
   August 31, 2016 fragsel Added Sandor to the issue.
   August 31, 2016 fragsel Added Finisher to the issue.
   May 29, 2016 MattzLadd Updated the listing for Red Skull.
   January 17, 2015 fragsel Updated the listing for Red Skull.
   November 25, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Red Skull.
   November 25, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Red Skull.
   November 25, 2014 Drax Deleted listing of Red Skull.
   March 16, 2014 Raistlin903 Updated the listing for The Fantastic Four.
   January 1, 2014 fragsel Updated the listing for Red Skull.
   January 1, 2014 fragsel Added Red Skull to the issue.
   August 11, 2013 Robareid Updated the listing for The Human Torch.
   August 11, 2013 Robareid Updated the listing for The Thing.
   August 11, 2013 Robareid Updated the listing for Mr. Fantastic.
     
 
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