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1004: Amazing Spider-Man #73 (v1)

" The Web Closes! "
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Amazing Spider-Man #73 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: John Romita Sr.
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: John Romita Sr., John Buscema
Inkers: Jim Mooney
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Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: June 1969
Release Date: March 1969
Story Arc: Secret of the Petrified Tablet (1 of 3)
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 470                 Times Rated: 264
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Silver Surfer #5b (v1)
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Amazing Spider-Man #73 (v1)
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Amazing Spider-Man #75 (v1)
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#75 (v1)
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Spider-Man continues to hunt for the hidden Petrified Tablet. After Captain Stacey gives Spidey a lead, he heads to the city and meets Man Mountain Marko.
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Character Appearances
 
Main Characters
  Spider-Man
Spider-Man last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #72 (v1). Spider-Man next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #74 (v1).
     
Supporting Characters
  Gwen Stacy
Gwen Stacy last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #72 (v1). Gwen Stacy next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #74 (v1).
     
  Joe Robertson
Joe Robertson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #71 (v1). Joe Robertson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #76 (v1).
     
  Randy Robertson
Randy Robertson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #71 (v1). Randy Robertson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #74 (v1).
     
  J. Jonah Jameson
J. Jonah Jameson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #72 (v1). J. Jonah Jameson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #78 (v1).
     
  George Stacy
George Stacy last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #72 (v1). George Stacy next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #76 (v1).
     
  Caesar Cicero
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Caesar Cicero in the mainstream continuity. Caesar Cicero next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #74 (v1).
     
  Silvermane
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Silvermane in the mainstream continuity. Silvermane next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #74 (v1).
     
  Curt Connors
Curt Connors last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #45 (v1). Curt Connors next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #74 (v1).
     
  Louis Wilson
Louis Wilson last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #69 (v1). Louis Wilson next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #74 (v1).
     
Villains
  Man Mountain Marko
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Man Mountain Marko in the mainstream continuity. Man Mountain Marko next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #74 (v1).
     
 
Group Appearances
Daily Bugle
Daily Bugle last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #68 (v1). Daily Bugle next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #78 (v1).
   
     
Maggia
Maggia last appeared in Iron Man #8 (v1). Maggia next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #74 (v1).
   
     
 
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Web-Shooters
Web-Shooters last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #72 (v1). Web-Shooters next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #74 (v1).
 
     
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  TStarnes Says:    
  2011-12-11 19:09:18  
  Man, Spider-Man keeps getting better and better. For me this is the best title in the late 60's.  
 
 

  green_flame_616 Says:    
  2012-01-07 02:49:34  
  This issue was pretty good, but I'm going to say this now as a warning, Silvermane is probably the most boring and annoying member of Spidey's rogues gallery...he just sucks...  
 
 

  Calthor Says:    
  2012-07-27 03:56:54  
  Stan Lee, I don't know where this is coming from all of a sudden, but this is marvelous plot writing!  
 
 

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-20 19:16:32  
  I was expecting Man Mountain to be a lousy villain. Wrong! great issue!  
 
 

  duncanm Says:    
  2014-09-25 17:28:39  
  I thought the stuff with Robbie and his son was great. It was rare for the time to really see those kinds of roles for black men in any type of media, let alone comic books. An educated black man in a position of power not afraid to stand up to his white boss, and a young black man trying to find his way in the world, torn between trying to make a go at things in whitey's world or fighting to make that world more equal for everyone. And the way that Robbie was able to show his son that just because a white guy was being a***to a black guy, it's not necessarily about race...it's just that the guy's a dick. A lesson I think a lot of people could still learn today.
But why oh why did they have to ruin the issue with another muscled tough guy with so little brains that he has to say his name every few minutes lest he forget it. And this unpowered muscle-head outmatches Spidey? C'mon.
 
 
 

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-10-23 11:55:36  
  Loved the issue, but what is it with the characters of the late 60s referring themselves in the third person all the time?  
 
 

  specialque Says:    
  2014-12-14 09:22:51  
  Marko was surprisingly not a bad villain. They've also done a great job building up that stupid tablet...I really want to know what the deal is with it now.  
 
 

  melvillean Says:    
  2015-05-24 21:39:16  
  Pretty sure that the Marc De Matteis on the letters page is J.M. DeMatteis.  
 
 

  Locust75 Says:    
  2015-08-26 19:25:26  
  4 stars for the 1st app of Silvermane and some other guy who I can't remember his name! If only, they would've mentioned it more!!!

Comics Code - I'm surprised they let the Shocker's girlfriend be a exotic dancer...

The More You Know - I had to look up Earl Wilson!

Wisdom - @duncanm: Agree 100% about Robbie's talk to Randy!

Fake Out - How did Spidey let MMM get around him to hang the exotic dancer out the window!??

Foreshadow - It's a good thing there wasn't a "snap" sound when Spidey saved the exotic dancer!!!

'Nuff Said - "Look...I'm just a dime-a-dozen research scientist from the Everglades!"-Ramblin' Lizard
 
 
 

  CeeNote12 Says:    
  2016-01-23 17:25:00  
  Great issue! I wonder if Man Mountain Marko is related to Flint Marko aka Sandman? Also @melvillean I would bet $ that Marc De Matteis is J.M. De Matteis as that's what the M stands for Marc. Its cool every once in awhile Ive spotted names of future Marvel staffers in the letter page. Jim Shooter once in Captain Marvel.  
 
 

  Katryn Says:    
  2016-09-06 06:42:10  
  Just because a white guy is yelling at a black guy, it doesn't make him necessarily a racist. This was printed 47 years ago and people could still do with learning this lesson. But how Stan Lee can be so annoyingly preachy in Silver Surfer, yet handle it so well in Spider-Man, I'll never know.  
 
 

  Russ Says:    
  2016-11-27 21:54:29  
  There was a lot of good stuff in this issue. On the whole it wasn't quite a classic, but the other touches here made it a lot more than it seemed at first read.

It's almost hard to believe a white guy wrote that exchange between Joe and Randy. Stan absolutely hit the nail on the head when it comes to education and racism. I agree with other commenters that the message resonates today just like it did when the story was first published. Arguably even more so, in fact.

Man-Mountain isn't a great villain; he's simply hired muscle without a lot of personality. But he does match up against the agile and wiry Spider-Man quite well. I did find it a little odd that Stan and John gave him such high billing in this issue.

I think Marvel took a few liberties and got away with a couple of things that should've made the CCA balk. The exotic dancer being one thing (hey, at least they didn't say pole dancer). And Johnny added fishnets to her ensemble. That's quite a message they were sending to the younger audience! Oh, and I can see how snagging a falling body with webbing would work in most instances. Looks like Shocker's girlfriend hadn't fallen very far or very fast, so this time it worked. But if she'd been falling any faster.....

4 stars. Good setup for the resolution of the tablet story arc. And with Dr. Connors in the mix, I bet I know what villain Spidey's slated to fight real soon.....
 
 
 

  skabeaters Says:    
  2017-03-21 07:21:30  
  So, Man Mountain's powers are that he is big and strong? So you're telling me that Spiderman is stronger than The Thing (who can lift at least 40 tons) but Spiderman is not necessarily stronger than a guy who might be around 6'6" 275 lbs with no powers? And I see a ton of comments complimenting him as a great villain... what makes him great? Is it that Spiderman is incredibly nerfed that makes Man Mountain great?  
 
 

  benmason486 Says:    
  2017-05-30 11:13:23  
  I agree about Robbie's talk with his son. A person can be a jerk without being a racist, homophobe, misogynist, etc. Of course, people can also be those things while still being incredibly polite. It is a weird idea to wrap your head around.

About this issue, the only note I have is that the storyline of this tablet is taking much longer to resolve then I normally expect. I like that, but it is a bit unusual.
 
 
 

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2017-09-05 11:26:51  
  This book was better than most of the books published at the same time, but it wasn't up to the standard I expected from Amazing Spider-Man. Man Mountain Marko just isn't a credible threat, and the involvement of Curt Connors seems contrived, though I'll reserve judgement in case they have a super good rason in the next issue.  
 
 

  Urgat Says:    
  2018-03-16 08:55:51  
  I am also on the no-fan-of-ManMountainMarko side here. For me he is just a stupid bully who does what is told him, nothing more nothing less. he shows this with the stupid questions he asks Silverman, whom I find interesting, the first of many maggia leaders (but where is the Big (female) M from Iron Man, are there fractions of the maggia and with it fraction leaders?)

The involvement of Dr. Lizard Connors makes me curious on what he might have to do with the hidden power of the Ancient Tablet.

 
 
 

 
 
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Essential Amazing Spider-Man, Volume 4
 
This collection includes Amazing 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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   February 2, 2018 TStarnes Added Web-Shooters listing.
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   February 2, 2018 TStarnes Added Daily Bugle to the issue.
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   September 13, 2016 fragsel Updated the listing for Silvermane.
   April 23, 2015 fragsel Added Louis Wilson to the issue.
     
 
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