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1008: Amazing Spider-Man #77 (v1)

" In the Blaze of Battle! "
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Amazing Spider-Man #77 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: John Romita Sr.
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: John Buscema
Inkers: Jim Mooney
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: October 1969
Release Date: July 1969
Story Arc: The Lizard Lives! (2 of 2)
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.15
Times Read: 462                 Times Rated: 258
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Amazing Spider-Man #75 (v1)
Amazing Spider-Man #76 (v1)
Amazing Spider-Man #77 (v1)
Avengers #65 (v1)
Daredevil #53 (v1)
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#65 (v1)
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With the Human Torch entering Spider-Man's personal fight with the Lizard, things get complicated for the wall-crawler. He now has to contend with a deadly foe, and ensuring the one aiding him doesn't hurt Curt Conners.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Spider-Man last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #76 (v1). Spider-Man next appears in Daredevil #54 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Martha Connors
Martha Connors last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #76 (v1). Martha Connors next appears in Marvel Feature #4 (v1).
  Billy Connors
Billy Connors last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #76 (v1). Billy Connors next appears in Marvel Feature #4 (v1).
  The Human Torch
The Human Torch last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #76 (v1). The Human Torch next appears in Incredible Hulk #122 (v1).
  The Lizard
The Lizard last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #76 (v1). The Lizard next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #101 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Web-Shooters last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #76 (v1). Web-Shooters next appears in Amazing Spider-Man #78 (v1).
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  Kez Says:    
  2011-10-26 17:33:19  
  Another awesome Spider-Man arc.  

  Calthor Says:    
  2012-07-27 07:37:32  
  Johnny Storm - hot-headed idiot as ever.  

  zweineuf Says:    
  2013-01-05 01:01:20  
  The action was good, the art was great ... but too much of the premise was forced or just plain odd. Johnny didn't seem like too much of a hothead to me; Spider-Man should have been able to explain why he didn't want to hurt Lizard without revealing the Lizard's identity (the whole "this is a private fight!" trope has thankfully been missing the last couple of years, and we see here that the Torch isn't buying it).
There's supposed to be some added tension during the fight because, as Billy Connors (or Bobby, as Stan decided to call him this issue) says, the Torch might kill the Lizard. And we're expected to buy into that? Johnny Storm could probably kill every villain in the Marvel Universe up to and including Magneto in about two minutes flat, and he's never even come close to hurting even lightweights like the Eel or Plantman, and we're supposed to believe he's just going to snap and go all Frank Castle on the Lizard.
Oh, and Spider-Man's "Spider-Sonic Hearing" gambit was pretty lame.

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-21 08:21:19  
  This was a great ending to the arc.  

  bastos Says:    
  2014-02-20 10:40:46  
  What happened to the Spider-Man I loved? That title sounds a little wrong. But really, Spider-Man has become a wreck of superficial writing - skipping over most of the story with just jumping around, slinging villains through webs - and a sometimes foe, too.
Little depth in any of the story, at all. It did have one moment I liked - the split face like the old Spidey sense - but on the Torch this time. Other than that, most of the story could be flipped by, with very little pause through the entire thing. Not much content at all. It forgot nearly every part of the characterization - including all of the Spider-family, too. Bring some of them back - and soon. This one has gone quickly from the good pile to the junk one.

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-10-23 21:27:52  
  I hate the human torch.  

  specialque Says:    
  2014-12-14 10:24:30  
  I loved Spidey coming up with some BS for Torch to leave. Great arc.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2015-08-29 11:34:27  
  Just 2 stars for the Torch putting a Lizard on the Barbie, and Spidey bringing the dry rub!!!

Teamwork- @zweineuf: I agree 100%! Spidey should have told Torch who the Lizard is. Johnny is part of a team/family that would understand and help keep a secret! The Thing could've easily subdue the Lizard. With Reed curing, or at least helping Dr. Connors stay in control...

'Nuff Said - "I don't care if he is the Lizard...I don't care about anything...except...he's, my father! He's my father!"-Billy Bob Connors, Son of Lizard

  Katryn Says:    
  2016-09-07 07:49:25  
  The whole maintaining a secret identity while being unable to control your transformation into a monster thing didn't work for Bruce Banner, and unlike the Hulk, the Lizard is actually evil. But no, maintain that identity and don't look into getting any help for him.  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-11-28 18:04:00  
  While I thought it was a pretty good arc, the entire story fell flat when the Torch showed up. Not that the presence of the Torch was a bad thing, but it was as other commenters already stated: Spidey should've told Johnny who he was and maybe have Reed cure Dr. Connors. Given Reed's history with attempting to cure Ben of his Thing-ness, it wasn't like the career of the Lizard was in any danger of ending was it? And how would anyone figure out Spider-Man's identity based on his connection with Dr. Connors?

I still give this three stars. The story was enjoyable, the arc wasn't bad, and Spidey and the Torch together always brings out the best and the worst in both of them. But the logic behind some of the decisions made the story threads unravel like crazy. That Spider-Sonic hearing though.....oh man, the next time you see Johnny, Spidey.....RUN!

  benmason486 Says:    
  2017-05-30 11:23:40  
  Actually, water is not the natural habitat for all lizards. I'm not sure drying him out would work as a dues ex machina. It might end up just killing him through dehydration.  

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2017-09-08 11:36:28  
  As a practitioner of the martial arts, I alternate between enjoying and being aggravated by the constant references to Judo, or Mandarin's mastery of Karate (despite being from china). I often take screen shots of panels and send them to friends who train in Jiu Jitsu.

In this issue, though, I cheered as Spidey hits a collar choke on the Lizard.

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-10-05 20:44:02  
  One thing I don't understand in this story. Correct me if I am wrong, but Johnny Storm's brother-in-law is one of the Big Brains of the Marvel Universe. Surely Reed could help Doctor Connors cure his reptilian addiction.  

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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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