Cover Price: $.12

December 1968

Value: $150 (Near Mint-)


Supporting Cast:
1st Randy Robertson, Gwen Stacy, Captain George Stacy, J. Jonah Jameson, Joe Robertson, Aunt May, Anna Watson, Betty Brant, Ned Leeds, Dr. Bromwell



"To Squash A Spider!" - 20 Pages

Writer -
Stan Lee
Artist - John Romita
Inking - Jim Mooney
Cover - John Romita
Lettering - Artie Simek

In an issue that included the first appearance of a Spider-Man supporting cast mainstay in Randy Robertson, Spider-Man has his work cut out for him in solving his way out of the latest trap that Mysterio has set for him. Seemingly only six inches high, Spider-Man is getting pounded at by Mysterio's fist...literally! Only Mysterio is missing. Spidey next ventures out into the amusement park set and arrives in a mirror house, only this mirror house is far deadlier than the real ones we all got lost in as children. The mirrors start closing in on Spider-Man as we cut away to the ole reliable supporting cast.

Always the worry-wort, Aunt May is home worrying that Peter left in such a rush and she is looked at by a Doctor with her best friend Anna Watson by her side. Over at the Bugle, Jameson want news on Spidey and Mysterio and he wants it now! Making the news, Spider-Man solves his way out of the mirror house and lands in a house of horrors with weapons attacking him. Mysterio's big head appears to Spider-Man, obviously pleased in his entertainment value from watching Spider-Man dodge his way out of the many dangers that he encounters. We then enter supporting cast scene number two with Gwen's father Captain George Stacy talking on the phone with Joe Robertson continuing their theories on Spider-Man. It is here where get a first glimpse of Randy Robertson as he has a brief talk to his father concerning his enrolling at E. S. U.

Back to the old television studio with Spidey and Mysterio, where Spider-Man comes to the conclusion, as always it seems, that Mysterio has "rigged" the entire amusement park set. Spider-Man realizes that he is not six inches tall but that Mysterio used a post-hypnotic suggestion on him. An enraged Spider-Man discovers where Mysterio is controlling the entire scene and crashes his little party. He easily defeats Mysterio with a couple of landed punches and leaves Mysterio webbed up on one of the amusement park rides awaiting the police. Spider-Man leaves the TV studio and comes to a demonstration as he swings throughout the city setting up the scene for next issue.

Excellent story and if you don't want to shell out the necessary bucks for the originals, look for Marvel Tales #49 & 50 which you can probably get for a buck or two for average copies. It will be a long time for another Mysterio appearance as the readers had to wait until Amazing Spider-Man #141 & #142 but it would a different Mysterio as Beck's cellmate, Daniel Berkhart assumes the Mysterio identity for a couple of issues. 

Quality Rating: 4
Significance Rating: 4

Overall Rating:


Reprinted In:
Marvel Tales
Spider-Man Comics Magazine (Digest)
Spider-Man Essentials

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