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Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #30

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #30

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This is one of the most famous examples of the "Marvel Method of Writing" going wrong, or, if you like, missing conversation between Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Basically, the Marvel method included Stan writing a synopsis of the story, the artist drawing it, and then Stan adding the dialogue. Later on Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby also wrote synopsis of their own and drew them afterwards...but that meant, that Stan has to write the dialogues, often not knowing, what was going on in the stories! So what happened here? Simpls: Two villains acted simultaniously, and since only one is named and appeared in the flesh in this story, Stan thought everything was done by this guy: The Cat. In reality, the cat works alone and is a simple, yet skilled burglar, whose only significance is, that he robbed JJJ. Our favorite publisher issued a reward, and immediately gets told from Spiderman, that he probably has to pay that reward to the wallcrawler, leading to a lot of anxiety. While this rather mundane, slightly funny case was going on, some OTHER mastermind robs high profile scientific gadgets using people in special costumes. We see them twice in this story, once they manage to shake Spiderman, who got distracted with other stuff afterwards, and once they just observed him nabbing some hired goons. They won't be interesting until the next issue.

Important in this issue is cleaning up Peters love life. He briefly meets Liz Allan, who doesn't seem to be interested in him anymore, but also isn't angry or similar, asking for his help in loosing Flash (who behaved quite stalkerish...). And, of course: Ned Leeds proposes to Betty Brant. This...is the sixties, okay, different times, proposing there is pretty much what saying you want a serious relationship is today, going from dating to actually being a couple. So lets analyze it from that standpoint, yes? Betty: Which person holds your heart? If you say Peter, reject the proposal. If you say Ned, accept it. You don't HAVE to have a fiance until next week. At the very least, say Ned, you're not ready for that kind of commitment, yet. Judging by you trying to chase after Peter that much (and thinking, you love him), the most honest answer would be a no.

And while we're at it: You do know Peter HAS an action-packed life. He takes pictures of Spiderman! In fact, you have to accept Spiderman as a part in your life, if you really want him, because, even in-universe, they clearly have some kind of connection! Now put two and two together and notice, that rejecting action, Spiderman and all that stuff must strike a cord in him.

And, again, that's taking what happened here in modern terms. Not including the "I want my man to come home in the evening to his pipe, paper and me." I hope, I don't have to tell anyone, what's really dated about that. I know, some people like that lifestyle, but, come on, Betty, smoking kills.

A nice breather issue, with dated romance and "dialogue goes against the plot"-problems.