Cover Price: $2.50

March 1999

Value: $2.50 (Near Mint-Mint)


Supporting Cast:
J. Jonah Jameson, Frederick Foswell, Gwen Stacy, Flash Thompson, Harry Osborn

Joe Smith


"Wake Up Call!" - 22 Pages

Writer - J.M. Dematteis
Artist - Michael Zulli
Inker -
Michael Zulli
Cover -
Michael Zulli
- Bill Oakley
Colorist -
Christie Scheele
Editor - Ralph Macchio
Editor In Chief -
Bob Harras

The final part of the three part early Mysterio story-arc continues with Mysterio, Betsy, and "Just A Guy Named" Joe Smith riding high atop a flying Sphinx head as Spider-Man and J. Jonah Jameson are well protected under a huge igloo of webbing that protected all under it against an explosion caused by Mysterio. Betsy first questions Beck's actions thinking that he killed everyone in the studio with the explosion but as Beck explains, it was just another one of his studio effects. Relieved, Betsy kisses Beck and comes up with an idea to write a book about his life to make lots of money. Beck is infuriated by this thinking that all she cares about is using him and making money off his name. This is where Joe Smith comes back to play the hero once again and punches Mysterio with no effect. Smith falls off the Sphinx after a blow by Mysterio praying that he will be saved and alas his prayers are answered as Spider-Man grabs him out of the sky and returns him to safety.

The Flying Sphinx head (Is this ridiculous or what?) finally lands back on earth in the middle of a street and Mysterio has fun-time battling Spider-Man in different movie scene scenarios such as ancient Egypt and the Wild West. While the two arch enemies duke it out, Betsy falls inside the Sphinx and discovers the mechanisms inside and soon gets a visitor as Joe Smith also finds his way inside. When the two first see each other, it's like love at first sight. Joe looks for a way to "switch this thing off" and pulls the plug on Mysterio's fun. Spider-Man knocks Mysterio out ending his "Reign of Terror" that has lasted these three issues. Joe Smith receives an award of $10,000 for defeating Mysterio from the Daily Bugle and is not allowed to say concerning Spider-Man's help. The tales ends as the same movie lovers view King Kong once again but this time Beck watches the movie as part of "Movie Night" at the prison while Peter watches in his local theatre.

This story-arc is well worth purchasing if you are fan of Mysterio/ Quentin Beck and it explains many important parts of his past. We learn how Betsy & Joe Smith met and we have learned in Spider-Man: The Mysterio Manifesto #1-3 that they eventually got married. Mysterio next appears in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #4.

Quality Rating: 3
Significance Rating: 3

Overall Rating:



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