By Ben Morse
Every week we'll pick a handful of awesome comics from the thousands available through Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. From creator spotlights to editor's picks and more, this'll be your spot to find something new and cool.
This week, with "The Gauntlet" picking up in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #612 and giving a fresh shine to some of the Wallcrawler's most classic foes, we spotlight timeless tales featuring some of Spidey's sinister rivals.
After a visit to the law offices of Nelson & Murdock by the ever-lovin' blue-eyed Thing, Daredevil has an appointment to keep at the Baxter Building. Unfortunately for the Man Without Fear, Spider-Man's sparring partner Electro has elected to tag along and plunder the Fantastic Four's world famous gadgets for his own ill-gotten gain! Can Hornhead keep the sneaky sparkplug from getting his paws on the FF's cool stuff? Find out in this seminal Silver Age classic by Stan Lee and Joe Orlando!
The Sandman has long been one of the most durable villains in the Marvel Universe, but while his body may be formed from a million grains of sand, what shaped the mind and persona of this troubled individual? Peter David and Ronan Cliquet explore the past of Spider-Man's sandy opponent, examining the broken childhood and adolescent pressures that led gentle William Baker to become ruthless Flint Marko. Meet the Sandman's father and see what role he played in his boy's criminal career path. And lest you be hungry fro action, hang tight for a Spidey-Sandman smackdown at the amusement park!
One too many humiliations at the hands of Spider-Man has sent the Rhino into an emotional crisis that even running through all the walls in the world won't solve! After years of being viewed as a dim-witted failure, the Rhino can't bear the thought that beautiful women will never smile at him and nobody can see beneath his thick hide. Will this charging chump stampede himself right off the Brooklyn Bridge or could there be a more unorthodox solution to his problems? More importantly: can Rhino get the girl? It's part one of the offbeat "Flowers fro Rhino" by Peter Milligan and Duncan Fegredo!
New York City has been brought to life-literally-by the demonic events of "Inferno," with Spider-Man working overtime trying to stem the chaos and protect the innocent. What a perfect time for Mysterio to return! With Peter Parker in turmoil after tragedy of a most personal nature leaves him reeling, the master of illusion sweeps in under a cloud of his trademark smoke to take advantage of the setting and situation! Can the Webslinger see past what's fake and land a real knockout punch to his adversary? David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane continue their classic run on Spidey!
Doctor Octopus. Kraven the Hunter. The Vulture. The Sandman. Electro. Mysterio. Each has taken Spider-Man almost to the edge more than once, with quick thinking by the Wallcrawler barely allowing him to escape each encounter with his life intact. So what happens when this half-dozen of hatred unites? Something...sinister. It's the very first appearance of the Sinister Six, courtesy of Spider-Man co-creators Stan Lee and Steve Ditko!
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