Cover Price: $.35

#187
December 1978

Value: $24 (Near Mint-)

 

Supporting Cast:
  J. Jonah Jameson, Joe Robertson


Guests:
Captain America, Dum Dum Dugan, SHIELD


Villains:
Electro

"The Power Of Electro!" - 18 Pages


Writer -
Marv Wolfman
Artist - Jim Starlin
Inker - Bob McLeod
Cover -
Keith Pollard
Letterer
- A. Kawecki
Colorist -
Michele Wolfman
Editor -
Jim Shooter

How long has it been since Electro has been in title? Well, if we go back to Amazing Spider-Man #82 way back in March of 1970, we get our answer. It's about time that Maxwell Dillon, better known as Electro, showed his face in this title again! Electro hasn't exactly been in retirement though since, showing up Omega #1-3, Defenders #63, and Marvel Team-Up #56 where he last faced Spider-Man. As you can see on the cover, Captain America makes an appearance in this issue also, fighting against and then with Spider-Man in an issue that brings back memories of some nicely done Captain America/ Spider-Man Team-Up's such as Captain America #137 & #138.

The issue begins with Spider-Man atop a roof with his spider-sense tingling like crazy. It's strange because things have been going pretty well for Spider-Man lately, as his name has been cleared with the authorities from last issue. The roof of the house which he is atop is near the Indian Point Power Station and has S.H.I.E.L.D. guards surrounding much of the area. Spider-Man's thoughts now drift to a couple of hours ago when he initially got himself into this mess at the offices of the Daily Bugle, while talking to Joe Robertson. They talk about how Peter's cash is low and that his Aunt May will be moving into a Nursing Home soon. Publisher J. Jonah Jameson pops out of his office looking for someone to cover a job for him and lo and behold, Peter is given that very job! Peter then boards a bus to Indian Point where a police roadblock is up ahead. He then changes into Spider-Man and notices all the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents around the place. There must be something big going on in Indian Point!

Back to the present and Spider-Man bounces around town trying to go unnoticed. Hiding around corners, walking on the telephone lines, and quickly evading anything and anyone that may notice him. Out of nowhere, a red, white, and blue clad man leaps overhead Spider-Man. It's Captain America, and he is very angry! He informs Spider-Man that he is not supposed to be here and threatens to remove him. When Spider-Man tries to reason with him, Cap swings his shield at him, which infuriates Spider-Man to no end. Spider-Man begins a series of powerful punches that only land against Captain America's mighty shield. Cap then lands a powerful punch of his own, knocking him into a brick wall. At this point, with Spider-Man on the ground, Cap informs Spider-Man again that staying here would only be dangerous for him, and Spider-Man finally swings away. Captain is truly sorry though as he says to himself: "I Understand that you want to help, But I've absolutely no choice in this". What exactly is "this"? I would reckon it had something involving Electro since he is on the cover, or at least his shadow.

Captain America soon receives a signal from S.H.I.E.L.D. to cover the Power Plant. Cap gets inside the plant to discover that a door has mysteriously been melted. Cap now thinks back to the briefing he had concerning his involvement on this secret project: A child of a movie star named Robert Starr was bitten by rat and had to be taken to a specialist in New York. After being sent to the specialist, Starr's child, Barry, was never returned. Instead, he received a letter demanding one million dollars or he will never see his child again. To make matters worse, Starr's local doctors received their final lab reports that indicated that the child's has a disease and will need treatment to possibly cure it. Back to the present again, and Captain America breaks through a three-inch maple door where he finds the boy. Out of the shadows though, a man in an overcoat begins to come into light, demanding money. Cap grabs a hold of the kidnapper until the man explodes out of his coat revealing himself to be Electro the living Dynamo! Cap falls to the ground with Electro over him, ready to send countless volts of electricity through him, until Spider-Man swings out of nowhere giving Electro a swift kick to the back of the head. Cap follows with a hard blow to his stomach with his shield, then Electro begins to temporarily recover. Electro aims his blasts at both heroes now, misses, then is knocked out with simultaneous punches from Spidey and Cap. The young child Barry now comes out into the battle area where Electro must have been playing "possum", because he grabs the child threatening him in front of the two heroes. Electro at this point has been mysteriously coughing alot and Captain America points out that the child may be killing him since he has the Plague. Electro at first does not believe Captain America, but he then questions why the area has been quarantined off (surrounded by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents), then throws the child on the ground. Electro now acts very erratic and the two heroes and Barry leave the Power Plant. Electro now begins to siphon the plant's electricity into him, enough power he thinks, to "burn" away the plague. As he feels more power running through him, Electro realizes that he cannot disconnect himself from siphoning the plant's electricity and begins to overload. The plant explodes into great fireball just as Spider-Man, Captain America, and Barry make it to safety.

After the explosion, Captain America finds his shield under the debris, but there is no sign of Electro anywhere. The child on the other hands, is in good hands, and should be back to good health in a couple of weeks. As news breaks of a great power shortage, S.H.I.E.L.D. now needs a good cover story for the public. Dum Dum Dugan of S.H.I.E.L.D. says to make up a story which blames lightening on the blackout. It's not TOO far from the truth!

A very nice stand-alone story that really displayed the true greed that Electro feeds on. He is far from dead though, as he goes on to make many more appearances in the future. Captain America is portrayed very well here as well. Jim Starlin is guest artist on this issue and it's the only Spider-Man title he has worked on. Somewhat suggested as it is not reprinted in any of the mass-produced reprint packages or Marvel Tales, but you should be able to find it relatively cheap.

Quality Rating: 3
Significance Rating: 3

Overall Rating:

6

 

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