Cover Price: $.40

November 1979

Value: $18 (Near Mint-)


Supporting Cast:
    J. Jonah Jameson, Marla Madison Jameson


Burglar,  Mysterio

"Mysterio Is Deadlier By The Dozen!" - 17 Pages

Writer -
Marv Wolfman
Artist - Sal Buscema
Inker - Jim Mooney
Cover -
Keith Pollard
- Irv Wantanabe
Colorist -
Glynis Wein
Editor - Marv Wolfman
Editor In Chief -
Jim Shooter

The storylines running from Amazing Spider-Man #193-197 come to a head in this issue with some major revelations. Spider-man just had his arm broken in a fight with the Kingpin last issue and the police find him in pretty bad shape when this issue begins. He is taken to a Doctor who takes care of him very nicely. We cut to Restwell Nursing Home where the Burglar and Doctor Ludwig Rinehart have had enough of each other. As the burglar pulls a gun, smoke begins to fill the room and the Burglar begins to hallucinate reliving old memories. Up to this point, Rinehart has appeared since Amazing Spider-Man #193, but many readers are still a little fuzzy on just who he is. It is at this point that Rinehart tells his story: He went to jail after a battle with Spider-Man and met a new cellmate named Daniel Berkhart. After taking Berkhart into his confidence and teaching him all his secrets and everything he knew, Rinehart staged his own death thereby clearing the way for Berkhart to assume Rinehart's better known alias: Mysterio! Berkhart later was revealed to be the second Mysterio in Amazing Spider-Man #141 & #142 with the world thinking that the real Mysterio was dead.

After this major revelation, Rinehart states his plan he put into effect concerning making millions running the nursing home as the elderly legally sign over their wealth and property over to Rinehart and the nursing home. The information pertaining to the Parker house that the Burglar possessed was extremely tempting to Rinehart and he let him live. Spider-Man cuts loose from the Doctor and rushes to the nursing home as this occurs as Spider-Man begins to remember just who Rinehart is. He eventually remembers that he was a phony psychiatrist that once convinced him that he was going crazy in Amazing Spider-Man #24.

After arriving at the nursing home, various illusions take place putting Spider-Man in harms way, but he is not the only one having a bad day. Back at the Daily Bugle, J. Jonah Jameson passes out from the stress in his life at a meeting and an ambulance is called by his wife Marla. More illusions take place at the nursing home where Spider-Man is finally greeted by Mysterio where he throws his usual bag of tricks at the wall crawler plus a new one: A dozen Mysterio's appear at the same time greatly confusing Spider-Man. Spider-Man is clobbered by the real deal and knocked unconscious. When he comes to, he finds himself in a swimming pool that is quickly filled with water. Will the last sounds that Spider-Man hears in his life be the laughter coming from his arch foe Mysterio?

This is a great comic! The Burglar and Rinehart's revelation make this a very important comic. The nursing home scheme is revealed. Daniel Berkhart's connection to the original Mysterio is revealed. Lots going on here and arguably can be viewed as the most important issue in the Return of the Burglar storyline running from Amazing Spider-Man #193-200. A major turning point in the life of Mysterio as well.

Quality Rating: 5
Significance Rating: 5

Overall Rating:



Amazing Spider-Man #197

Also This Month:

Marvel Team-Up #87
Spectacular Spider-Man


Amazing Spider-Man #199