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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Bronze Age Spider-Man Key Issues Part 5



I am starting to tighten up a little when it comes to 1st appearance debuts of very minor characters. Sure, some will still slip by in the 5th part to this Bronze Age Spider-Man key issues section.

I'll be a bit more lenient when it comes to Spidey's actual self-titled series and somewhat lenient for Marvel Team-Up when it comes to the 30 cent and 35 cent price variants that were distributed during this time. That's right, some of these debuts of minor characters do have the infamous price variants.

Also, the birth of the direct market took place during the later 70s and they are starting to get noticed more and more. I am no expert when it comes to the late 70s direct market comics, and have little to no knowledge about Marvel's so called Whitman editions vs. direct market debate.

To be honest, I really could care less and I don't get all that excited about a different diamond shape logo for the price and issue number or whether a UPC is blank or has a bar code. Some do like them or that they could be more scarce, so I'll show covers to whatever issues I can find them for. 

1st official Marvel & DC cross-over

Although I think the battle between Superman and Spider-Man isn't really all that great, this issue is significant for more than just Superman and Spider-Man meeting, having a pretty lame fight, and then teaming up. This is the first official cross-company cross-over for DC and Marvel that actually involved their own characters.

This would pave the way for more DC and Marvel characters to cross-over and have some fun adventures for fans of both publishers like myself. In the industry itself, this helped to set a precedent so it's historically important in the really real world.

In the actual comic worlds of DC and Marvel, this story doesn't take place in DC or Marvel mainstream continuity. In DC's universe, they named this Crossover Earth. Concerning Marvel, they designated this "Earth-7642".

So in actual mainstream continuities of Marvel or DC, this story does nothing significant since it's not in either publishers' mainstream continuities, and that concept can even extend to the actual canon of Spidey and Superman's mythos. This issue is just a cool way to have the two hugely popular super-heroes from the Big 2 share an adventure.

CGC Census only has listings for the 90s reprint. I could not find any for the 1st print, so no census data to show at the time of this writing. January, 1976 is when this comic was released around.

1st appearance of Mirage
Wedding of Ned Leeds & Betty Brant

Another debut of a pretty minor Spidey villain. Mirage is Desmond Charne, a holographic technician who always had a flair for becoming a costumed villain. This villain has the bright idea of robbing weddings, and his first just so happens to be the wedding of Ned Leeds and Betty Brant.

Unfortunately for this villain who crashes this wedding, Peter Parker is friends with both Ned and Betty. Without attracting attention, Peter slips away and returns as Spidey to save the day. Yeah, I did intentionally try to make that sentence rhyme.

After Mirage is dealt with Ned Leeds and Betty Bryant are married. Hey, if you like wedding issues and minor super-villains, this just could be the minor key issue for you.

There are the low distribution 30 cent price variants for this issue. As most know with these Marvel price variants, they were testing price increases on a small area of the U.S., so they are known for having low distribution. 

These test markets included
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Baltimore, MD
  • San Antonio, TX
  • San Jose, CA
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Massachusetts, dunno exact city

In the Amazing Spider-Man comics, the 30 cent price variants range from issue #155 to #159. There are only two issues that sees a debut of a character, and both are minor villains. The 2nd debut within these issues is of Toy, a very minor minion of the Tinkerer and helped the genius build stuff for other super-villains.

The Tinkerer is in the new Spider-Man: Homecoming movie. Hmmm...? Could it be Donald Glover's unspecified role?

Dunno, and so far it remains a mystery. Besides, the movies switch stuff around when it comes to race anyway.

I will show all the 30 cent price variant covers in the Amazing Spider-Man comic series though, and they are below in issue order.

ASM #155 | ASM #156 1st Mirage | ASM #157 | ASM #158 | ASM #159 1st Toy

The CGC Census screenshot below is just for this Amazing Spider-Man #156 and the 30 cent variant. 

That's enough bout this issue except that May, 1976 is the cover date for Amazing Spider-Man #156.

1st appearance of Jean Dewolff
1st appearance of the Wraith

Jean Dewolff was one of the few recurring supporting characters in the Marvel Team-Up comic series who did branch off into other Spider-Man titles and a few other comics also. She is a tough, smart and relentless detective and one of the few supporting characters that knew Spider-Man's true identity.

Dewolff became a supporter of Spidey and ally of the web-slinger in the NYPD. She would later be killed by Sin-Eater.

Not really a major Spidey key or 1st appearance debut, so I don't expect this one to have a hefty CGC Census. There are 30 cent variants for this issue as well recorded by CGC.

Concerning the Wraith, there are several versions of this character. The original or first is Brian Dewolff and was also created by Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema. 

Brian is the brother of Jean and was once a patrolman for the NYPD and was shot in the line of duty. With his life in critical condition, Brian's father used some whacked out experimental technology to bring him back to health.

Of course, there were side effects and Brian grew the ability to read minds, induce illusions, project psionic force bolts and control the mind of another person. He could not control multiple minds at once though and these powers left Brian with no mind of his own, meaning he was controlled and dominated by others.

In this debut, he was controlled by Jean and Brian's father, Philip, and he unleashed his son onto the New York streets as a vigilante who killed several criminals. In later comics, Dr. Strange would help Brian regain his own consciousness and his father would be sent to prison for the crimes Wraith committed.  

After Jean's death, Brian would go mad and turn into a baddie. He died several times and was killed by Scourge the Underworld, Morbius, and then the Punisher. 

The three characters who have taken up the mantle were Hector Rendoza, Zak-Del, and Yuri Watanabe.  

August of 1976 marks the cover of Marvel Team-Up #48.

1st appearance of Jigsaw
1st appearance of Marla Madison

Although The Punisher has a few iconic enemies, many of them are also shared with other heroes. Bullseye is also a Daredevil villain, and the Kingpin is both an important villain to both Spider-Man and Daredevil.

Jigsaw may have made his first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man, but the villain became deeply linked to the Punisher more than any other hero in the Marvel Universe. The character Billy Russo has already been cast in the Netflix Punisher series, but it is not sure whether the character will end up becoming Jigsaw like his comic book counterpart.

I think the chance is quite high, and it would be strange to even have Billy "the Beaut" Russo not turn into the disfigured villain that we all know and love as Punisher fans. Ben Barnes has been cast as Billy Russo, and in the comics, the Punisher throws Russo out of a bar window and disfigures the villain. That is revealed in this issue through dialogue.

Because of that simple act, Russo ends up shredding his face and swearing revenge on Marvel's most hardcore and extreme vigilante. Funny thing is that Punisher is all like, "Watchu talking 'bout, fool?" at the end of this issue.

I am extremely excited yet anxious to see what they do with the character, but it does seem that Billy Russo has a pretty small chance of becoming Jigsaw in season one of the Punisher Netflix series.

Jigsaw does have a first on-screen debut live action. The character was played by Dominic West in the Punisher Warzone film that came out in 2008. 

We'll have to see whether Ben Barnes character will become Jigsaw in the Punisher Netflix season or not. So far, there hasn't been much word on that currently. 

Marla Madison is a little known character that has recurred quite often in Spidey books. In her debut, Marla Madison was a doctor that worked for Empire State University and appears in 7 panels on one page. She later became the girlfriend of John Jameson and even married him.

Jigsaw was created by Len Wein and Ross Andru, and Amazing Spider-Man #162 has the cover date of November, 1976.

New on-going Spidey spin-off series
1st appearance of Edward Lansky

Most every Spidey fan knows of Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man comic series. If you grew up a Spider-Man fan during the 80s, you most likely owned and read a few issues.

As a kid, I always preferred the Amazing Spider-Man title over any of the others, but there were some good reads in this titled series as well. This issue sees the first appearance of Dr. Edward Lansky, and he is the vice chancellor of Empire State University

He would later become Lightmaster in the 3rd issue of this comic series. Not really a villain to get all excited about for most collectors.

So this marks yet another on-going Spidey spin-off comic series and this 1st issue key has become a lot more valuable, especially in the high grade CGC range, in recent years. Definitely one to consider if it ain't already in your vault.

Wow, pretty high census for this issue and a single restored copy for 9.8s and 9.6s. Did not know there were pence copies for this issue before. Price is 10p, but there's an image for all you pence hunters.

As mentioned before, Taruntula is the first villain for Spidey to face off against in this titled comic series. Surprised that there's one restored pence copy in the census.

Gerry Conway and Sal Buscema kick off this Spidey spin-off series, and December is the month slapped on the cover of Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #1 which came out in 1976.

1st John Byrne X-Men artwork

Eh, not exactly a Spider-Man key issue. Sure, this does happen in his 1st major on-going spin-off title, but John Byrne is more well-known for his artwork on the X-Men than on Spider-Man. Spidey and the Hulk do team-up in this issue, but this is seen as more of an X-Men key issue than a Spider-Man key issue.

However, John Byrne drew quite a few issues of Marvel Team-Up even when penciling Uncanny X-Men. Although the writer for this issue is Bill Mantlo, the duo of Claremont and Bryne would also produce several stories in the Marvel Team-Up titled series.

Byrne isn't really known or hailed for his work on Marvel Team-Up though. He did create some characters that debuted in Marvel Team-Up that ended up as X-Men foes. So, this one meekly slides in this Spider-Man key issues series.

January, 1977 is the cover date for Marvel Team-Up #53, but this issue came out around October of 1976.

1st appearance & origin of Spider-Woman

Jessica Drew as the original Spider-Woman was actually the first major Spider-Man spin-off character. Much like the creation of She-Hulk, Spider-Woman was pretty much created to put a stranglehold on trademark rights.

Seriously, nothing about how it would be cool if there was a female Spider-Man or maybe a gimmick to try to attract more female readers, but rights, rights, rights!

Here's what Stan Lee said shortly after Spider-Woman debuted:

"I suddenly realized that some other company may quickly put out a book like that and claim they have the right to use the name, and I thought we'd better do it real fast to copyright the name. So we just batted one quickly, and that's exactly what happened."

Basically, Spider-Woman was suppose to be a one-off character simply to establish trademark, but we all know that didn't happen. Because this issue sold well and shocked those at Marvel, Marv Wolfman was asked to continue with the character.

Created by Archie Goodwin and Marie Severin, Spider-Woman's debut did also tell of her origin of how she became Spider-Woman as shown in the panels below:

However, near the end of the issue, details of her origin get even more whacked out. Apparently, High Evolutionary made her evolve from a Spider into a female human with spider-like powers.

Say what? No more acid for Archie and hail Hydra!

Apparently, Marv Wolfman would agree about no more drugs for Archie. This origin would be retconned by Marv Wolfman pretty soon after, and he would give her the name Jessica Drew and lose the Arachne name used in her earliest appearances.

Oh, and no Spider-Woman that evolved from an actual arachnid, but that would happen in a later Spider-Woman key issue. Marvel Spotlight #32 has the cover date of February, 1977.

1st appearance of Lansky as Lightmaster

Back to Doctor Edward Lanksy, and he ends up using his genius to become a super villain. His path to crime was actually for a good cause, though, which was to prevent budget cuts for higher education that would have been detrimental to Empire State University where he was a physics professor. 

A criminal with a good cause, and, yet another foil for Peter Parker that would be close to Spidey's civilian identity. Surprise, surprise!

This is Edward Lanksy's first appearance as Lightmaster, a pretty minor character, but he has been around and recently used in the Superior Spider-Man series. Not really a significant 1st appearance and pretty much not all that sought out.

There is a direct edition cover for this issue with a diamond logo and a UPC. Around this time, the direct market was being explored by comic publishers and different ways to identify them were toyed with. The large diamond logo for the price was an early marker.

Some direct comics were even sold in 3 packs to big chain retailers. Some refer to them as Whitman variants, but there's the debate of them just being direct editions and not true Whitman variants.

I don't know much about that crap to be honest, but some do actively hunt 'em down and consider them either or. I think I'll leave that debate up to others.

Not sure if Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #3 has pence copies or not, but it does have the cover date of February, 1977 and was on sale sometime around late November of 1976.

1st issue to comic series

Growing up, I loved the What If? comic series by Marvel. I read the 2nd series and didn't even know there was a series before during the late 70s.

Regardless, I thought the concept was brilliant. Unlike the volume 2 series, What If? volume 1 kicked off with a tale of what would happen if Spidey did end up joining the Fantastic Four, which was the first team Spidey tried to join in the pages of the very first issue of the Amazing Spider-Man.

Pretty obvious that the What If stories are set in different alternate realities from Marvel's mainstream continuity, and the series did explore what could've happened to the Marvel Universe if key moments in its history did not occur the way it happened in actual canon. That, and they're just fun reads.

Always some kind of fun tragedy in messing with certain outcomes when it comes to these What If? stories. This will be the only one I list in this Bronze Age Spider-Man key issues.

So far the CGC Census hasn't hit the 1000 submission range. Cover date for this issue is February, 1977 but What If? #1 was on sale around November of 1976.

1st appearance of the Gardner
1st appearance of the Time Gem
1st appearance of the Power Gem

Spidey and Adam Warlock team up in this issue, and two more Infinity Gems are discovered in this issue in Marvel Comics. I've already featured this issue in the Infinity Gems Key Issues series done not that long ago.

When it comes to sources online, there's a lot of confusion about where the Infinity Gems first appeared. Even in the comics, it's still confusing because the Infinity Gems just didn't pop up in a single comic.

The whole gem mess actually evolved, and even colors of the gems were all over the place in comics.

The first time this item is actually called the Soul Gem is when Starlin puts his stamp on the world of Adam Warlock, and that issue is Strange Tales #178. Even the 1st appearances of the other gems are referred to as Soul Gems though.

The above panel is from Marvel Team-Up #55 and sees the first appearance of another Soul Gem. Sources say that the Stranger has the Power Gem and the Gardner has the Time Gem, though the colors are off in this issue.

So the colors of the Power and Time Gems were later switched in comics and they are identified in the
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe entry on the Infinity Gems, in which the Stranger's yellow gem is actually the Power Gem and Gardener's red gem is the Time Gem.

This issue is definitely the 1st appearance of the Time Gem, and many sources also say the Power Gem. CBCS does note it as the Power Gem's 1st appearance. 

In the Marvel Cinematic universe, it's revealed that Doctor Strange has the Time Gem, and apparently it's in the Eye of Agamotto. The Power Stone or Gem was the purple crystal that everyone was fighting over in the 1st Guardians of the Galaxy flick.

Apparently there are pence copies for Marvel Team-Up #55 according to the CGC Census. These have the 12p price instead of that good ole price of 30 cents on the regular newsstand covers.

Dang, I thought the census would be higher than that for the regular cents. You know, with all the hype about the Infinity Stones 'n shit. Guess all that love is going to the 1st Infinity Gauntlet.

Once again, there's one them other editions as well with the diamond logo. Call 'em whatever you will, but here's how both these "other" editions look like 'n stuff if you care.

Bill Mantlo writes this story with John Byrne on pencils, and Marvel Team Up #55 has the cover date of March, 1977.

1st appearance of Will 'O The Wisp
1st appearance of Dr. Bart Hamilton 

Oh, boy, more minor villains in the Bronze Age for Spider-Man. Seems like there a lot more debuts of these kinds of villains as we get further into the Bronze Age.

So Dr. Bart Hamilton is actually Harry Osborn's psychiatrist. You do remember when Harry went all crazy shortly after becoming the second Green Goblin. I am guessing all his acid trips and drug use prior didn't help his sanity much either.

Dr. Bart Hamilton would briefly become the 3rd Green Goblin, so that's why I'm putting him on here even though his stint as Gobby was pretty short. Considering Will 'O The Wisp, he is a minor villain int he Marvel Universe of comics with a few appearances here and there.

Will 'O The Wisp is Dr. Jackson Arvad and was created by Len Wein and Ross Andru. Yes, another doctor. Spidey's got some mad educated villains.

So Arvad is a former employee of Roxxon Oil and was under constant pressure of being fired. Working in the electromagnetic research division of the Roxxon Oil, he was so overworked that he fell asleep and was caught in an accident on the job.

This accident weakened the electromagnetic attraction between the molecules in his body and he was in danger of dying. His boss decided to let him die but Avrad learned how to save himself by controlling the level of attraction of his body's molecules.

As Will 'O the Wisp, Jackson became a pawn for Jonas Harrow. His power is similar to the Vision, in which he can make his body intangible to varying levels or degrees.

Once again, there's a different edition cover with the diamond and the UPC that's either just a direct market edition or a Whitman edition depending on who you ask or are talking to. Not sure about UK copies but wouldn't be surprised if those exist out there as well.

No CGC info on pence copies at the time of this writing

I doubt this issue is sought-out for Will 'O the Wisp's first appearance or even Dr. Bart Hamilton. For those who are Green Goblin fans, this one is just for your knowledge considering those who have taken up the mantle of Spidey's archenemy. 

April, 1977 is the cover date for Amazing Spider-Man #167.

2nd appearance of Silver Samurai

In this tale that saw Black Widow and Spider-Man team-up, the Silver Samurai makes his 2nd appearance in comics almost three years after 1st appearing in Daredevil #111. After a brief stint in the Marvel Team-Up comics and later Spider-Woman comics, Silver Samurai would be a character more closely associated in the X-Men world of comics.

He is the mutant half-brother of Mariko Yashida, a love of Wolverine, and has the power to generate a tachyon field that could surround anything. His weapon of choice was obviously a samurai sword.

Silver Samurai has already made his on-screen debut in the Wolverine sequel or 2nd Wolverine flick. Although Will Yun Lee played the actual comic character of  Kenuichio Harada, the movie version did not have that character become the Silver Samurai.

Instead, the character who was Mariko's grandfather, Yashida, became the Silver Samurai in the movie world. I do have to admit that the Silver Samurai in The Wolverine did look mighty impressive but I didn't care much for the flick over-all

In the comics, it is Kenuichio Harada who is the original and most known Silver Samurai, and his son Shingen Harada would later take up the mantle.

Once again, a different edition for this comic that has the UPC and diamond logo has came out of the comic boxes and revealed themselves to the world. I won't be featuring all them covers, but will if I come across these early comics that were distributed direct market. There are also 12p UK copies for this issue as well in case anyone cares about all that mess.

Regardless, this 2nd appearance key isn't the most sought-out comic currently. Cover date for Marvel Team-Up #57 is May, 1977.

2nd full appearance of Spider-Woman

Before Spider-Woman was Jessica Drew, she was named Arachne who evolved from a spider into a human as presented in Archie Goodwin's original origin for the character. The Marvel Two-In-One appearances that Spider-Woman made did not quite change this but would lead up to it.

So, Spider-Woman would still think her 1st origin presented in Marvel Spotlight #32 is true until her last appearance in this titled series with Marvel Two-In-One #33. I will explain how that happens further a long in Part 5 of this beast, but it does have to do with Mordred the Mystic.

Spider-Woman did appear in a cameo on the last page of Marvel Two-In-One #29, but this is considered her 2nd full appearance. Either this one is over-looked or the market doesn't really care much for this 2nd full appearance just yet.

Marvel Two-In-One #30 does have the 35 cent price variant, and like the 30 cent price variants, only a small distribution of markets were tested to see if people would pay for the extra 5 cents. Not all that hard to spot, and the regular covers are 30 cents in case you're super new to collecting

For the 35 cent variants, these low distribution markets included:
  • Alabama: Tuscaloosa area
  • North Carolina: Wilmington area
  • Ohio: Toledo area
  • Tennessee: Memphis
  • Texas: possible San Antonio area

Looks like Spider-Woman #1 is slightly more on the radar than this comic here. Both are still pretty cheap even in CGC 9.8 grades for the regular 30 cent copies. Dunno about the 35 cent variants.

Could be one to consider if you're a Spider-Woman fan. Marvel Two-In-One #30 has the month of August that marks the cover and came out in 1977.

1st appearance of Rocket Racer

Popularity in skateboarding rose again by the mid 1970s, producing such legends as Stacy Peralta, Peggy Oki, and Tony Alva. Peralta went on to create Powell Peralta and further increase the popularity of skateboarding by forming the the legendary skate team Bones Brigade.

The Bones Brigade consisted of some of the best skaters who revolutionized modern skateboarding like Tony Hawk, Tommy Guerro, Rodney Mullen, Lance Mountain, Steve Cabellaro, and Mike McGill. They were some of the first professional skateboarders to actually make a living skateboarding.

No doubt that Marvel would try to come up with a character with a skateboard gimmick, and enter Rocket Racer. He didn't just have any skateboard though. His was super-powered skateboard with rockets that propelled him to great speeds.

On top of that, he wore a weaponized combat suit because he's a scientific genius like that. Robert Farrell turned into a burglar and a life of crime when his mother died and left him in the care of his six siblings. Rocket Racer's origin is told in Spectacular Spider-Man #107.

Realizing that he wasn't so great at a life of crime, Rocket Racer later reformed and became one of the good guys. He has been around and seen here and there.

This comic does have two other known editions that I'm aware of, and one of them is the 35 cent price variant.

Pretty minor key and 1st appearance currently, Amazing Spider-Man #172 has the cover date of September, 1977.

1st appearance of Bart Hamilton as Green Goblin

Alright, I originally freakin' forgot to put this one in here, and as stated  in the Part 6 intro to this Bronze Age Spider-Man key issues, I had to add this Part 5 after I published Part 6. This issue was in my mind as I spoke about Bart Hamilton taking up the mantle of Green Goblin earlier, but it just slipped my mind.

So Green Goblin returns, but it isn't Harry Osborn nor Norman Osborn. Actually, it's Bart Hamilton who takes up the fiendish mantle and Spidey thinks it's Harry again.

Bart isn't really the Goblin for long, but he does make Harrry suit up as the Green Goblin as well later on. We will get that issue as well soon enough.

So everyone thinks Harry Osborn has returned as the Green Goblin, but this would be revealed to be not true. Not revealed just yet though. 

Overstreet does not note this as the 1st appearance of Bart Hamilton as Green Goblin just yet, but CGC does note this issue as a Green Goblin (Hamilton appearance).

Not a very high CGC Census total and didn't expect it to be. Don't think this is a very well-known or sought out comic currently, but if you're a Green Goblin fan and just like appearances of the villain, this is surely one of them.

Still fairly cheap for even CGC 9.8s and have barely sold in the $100 range. Amazing Spider-Man #176 has the cover date of January, 1978.

1st U.S. appearance of Captain Britain
1st U.S. appearance of Courtney Ross
1st cameo of Arcade & Miss Locke

Captain Britain's first appearance was in his titled series that was published by Marvel UK. Although his first U.S. appearance has him meet Spidey, the web-slinger is not the first Marvel super-hero that Captain Britain met.

Captain America did cross-over into Captain Britain's UK comic title, as did Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. In terms of Spidey's own mythos, this isn't really a huge key, but it is a noteworthy X-Men one for sure.

Since Spidey is in the issue and the two do team-up, I'll slap it in here since this comic series is technically a Spider-Man spin-off title and it is a key of some importance. Captain Britain would also make appearances in Spidey Super Stories as well.

Although there is no CGC Census data currently, there are UK editions for this comic that have made themselves known. Cover price for these is still 12p.

Captain Britain wouldn't be heavily associated with Marvel's mutants until the Excalibur comic series. He did make a few appearances in X-Men related comics like New Mutants Annual #2 and Uncanny X-Men Annual #11 prior to the Excalibur series.

Marvel Team-Up #65 has the cover date of January, 1978 but was on sale in late 1977.

1st full appearance of Arcade
1st appearance of Murderworld
1st Arcade cover
2nd U.S. appearance Captain Britain

No surprise that the duo of Claremont and Byrne also did this issue and then carried over Arcade and his Murderworld into the pages of the X-Men, in which both the character and location became more associated with. However, Murderworld first appeared in the pages of Marvel Team-Up.

Although Arcade does show up in the previous issue, it is considered a cameo and his face is shadowed out. The villain does show up more fully in this issue and his face can fully be seen.

Captain Britain is also in this issue and this is most likely his 2nd U.S. appearance although not noted by Overstreet. As most know, Captain Britain would be yet another character more associated with the X-Men world of comics.

However, in the U.K., the title Super Spider-Man & Captain Britain did have stories about Captain Britain and reprints of older Spidey stories. I don't think the two met in an actual story prior to this one.

Speaking of UK copies, they do exist for this issue. Not too many have been graded though, nor for the regular cents copy either.

Pence copies still have the price of 12p, same as Marvel Team-Up #65. Not exactly the most sought-out of 1st appearances. February, 1978 is the cover date for Marvel Team-Up #66.

1st issue to 1st on-going self-titled series
New origin of Spider-Woman

The issue where Jessica Drew becomes Jessica Drew. Before this, Spider-Woman made her earlier appearances in Marvel Two-In-One. In her last appearance in that titled series before this comic, the wizard Modred the Mystic unlocks her real memories.

However, these unlocked memories are not exactly shown in Marvel Two-In-One #33, but they are shown in this issue. Therefore, this issue has the retconned origin of Spider-Woman and this is considered the real or accepted origin for the character.

So instead of being evolved from a Spider to a human female, Spider-Woman was born a human female and her name is actually Jessica Drew. Below is the real origin of Spider-Woman.

Apparently, the High Evolutionary is still connected to Spider-Woman, and her pop's friend that helped to cure her ended up becoming the character.

Obviously and because of this retcon, this issue is the first time Spider-Woman is named Jessica Drew. May not be a 1st or even 2nd, 3rd or 4th appearance of Spider-Woman, but it is pretty important.

Since speculation went into high gear when Sony announced all the Spider-Man spin-off movies prior to Amazing Spider-Man 2's release, this comic did see quite a bit of heat. I'm not surprised the CGC Census is a bit hefty. Damn, 575 9.8s already with only 2 restored copies though.

That's some pretty crazy numbers. Jessica Drew starts here, and Arachne ends here as well.

Spider Woman #1 is the first issue to her self-titled and on-going that sees her new origin and the cover date of April, 1978.

Origin & Death of Green Goblin
Green Goblin revealed to be Bart Hamilton
Green Goblin vs. Green Goblin

And the mystery ends here. While Spider-Man and most readers believed Harry was back as Gobby, this issue has a twist instead.

Yep, this is the issue where Spidey finally unmasks the Green Goblin to find it's Harry's psychiatrist, and like most comic villains, he proclaims his origin as if his scheme in becoming the Goblin was the next best thing since Starbursts or porn.

So the Green Goblin whose been causing all the chaos wasn't Harry, but that doesn't mean that Harry doesn't suit up as the Green Goblin again in later comics. Yep, he does and this issue has a pretty cool treat with a Green Goblin vs. Green Goblin battle.

Of course, Bart Hamilton apparently dies from his own blunder, and that's that for this fool. Harry is back to normal for the meantime. He ripped off his goblin costume and declared the Green Goblin was dead near the end of his battle with Hamilton.

Not sure if this issue is a well-known Spidey comic. Overstreet doesn't note issues #176-180 as anything significant except Green Goblin appearances. CGC does note this as Death & Origin of Green Goblin (Bart Hamilton).

Slabbed 9.8s have yet to sell on average on eBay over the $200 mark, so it's not overly sought-out at the time of this writing. Don't think it's quite under the radar either, and if consider such, it's not by much.
But that is just for slabbed copies, and the census is pretty mild over-all currently. There are direct market editions for this issue and I'm sure some of those census numbers are mixed in with newsstands and direct editions. May, 1978 is the cover date for Amazing Spider-Man #180.

2nd appearance of Jigsaw

I highly doubt this comic has taken off since Jigsaw's 1st appearance is mildly hot even though Billy Russo has been cast for the Punisher Netflix series. However, it is the 2nd appearance of one of Frank Castle's more well-known villains.

Even though Jigsaw's first two appearances were in Amazing Spider-Man, the villain has become more associated with the Punisher than Spidey. It's also a Punisher villain that recurs often, meaning he doesn't get whacked after only four to twelve issues. 

Alright, so there's the CGC Census for this issue. Purty high 9.8 numbers for such a low total registered number. Gonna assume there might be some more high grade raw copies out there that have yet to be sent in.

Some of the direct or Whitman editions have been discovered. These have the blank UPCs and most interested in these do refer to them as Whitman editions. 

No Punisher in this issue, though, and Jigsaw just goes up against Spider-Man. His third appearance just might be in Punisher #1 1986 limited series. Amazing Spider-Man #188 has the cover date of January, 1979.

Alright we went through some Spider-Man keys from three of his spin-off comic series and finally got to the debut of his first female spin-off character, possibly his first spin-off character ever. Since we are in the Bronze Age, we also hit up some 30 and 35 cent price variants.

I didn't list all the related 30 or 35 cent variants above from those titles, so I thought I'd just show all the covers in this outro. So here's the rest of Marvel Team-Up and Amazing Spider-Man price variants during the era.


MTU #44 | MTU #45 | MTU #46 | MTU #47 | MTU #48


MTU #58 | MTU #59 | MTU #60 | MTU #61 | MTU #62


ASM #169 | ASM #170 | ASM #171 | ASM #172 | ASM #173

That concludes yet another part to this beast. I've skipped a lot of minor keys in the Marvel Team-Up comic series and will tighten it up even further in Part 6 concerning that title. 

Spider-Woman keys will not be in-depth either so don't expect that character to be covered all too much. Part 5 will be on it's way, so see ya after a few and have a good one.

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