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The Amazing Spider-Man #50
On the amazing John Romita cover alone, this issue might have merited attention for the list, but the kicker was the great story from writer Stan Lee that involved the introduction of a fairly memorable super villain – Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin!!
The story is a familiar one, as it has been used about a gazillion times since this issue (even though Peter makes a point of saying that it will never happen again – suuuuuuuure, Peter) – Peter finds out Aunt May’s health is slipping – meanwhile, so are his grades – and when you add in his romantic entanglements, Peter has a lot of stuff going on, so he ultimately decides to just screw it, and throws his costume out in a trash can.
Annoyingly, this disappearance by Spider-Man – while making J. Jonah Jameson giddy, also makes a new villain, the so-called Kingpin of Crime, ALSO very happy – as this gives him free reign to go on a crime spree – which he does, through his control of organized crime.
Former super villain, Frederick Foswell (Bugle reporter) is investigating it, while the idea of being a criminal himself is raising its head once again in Foswell’s mind – meanwhile, he begins to become suspicious of Peter, in terms of Peter perhaps being Spider-Man.
Anyhow, obviously, Peter sees innocents in harm’s way, and he just cannot turn his back on Uncle Ben’s message of great power coming with great responsibility, so he takes his costume back and begins to fight crime again – and he claims he’ll never give up being Spider-Man again!
Great issue, with awesome artwork by John Romita, inked by Mike Esposito (using the Mickey Demeo pseudonym).
Other notable #50 issues include Uncanny X-Men #50 – the
first second Polaris, X-Men #50 – the reveal of Onslaught (through his agent, Post, who turned out to be totally unimportant), Superman Volume 2 #50 (Clark Kent proposes to Lois Lane), Fantastic Four #50 (the end of the Silver Surfer/Galactus storyline), Tales of the New Teen Titans #50 (Terry Long marries Donna Troy) – there are a lot more out there that I haven’t named – but this is the biggest one, I think!
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