AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #112-115 (1972): 1st Hammerhead, Jonas Harrow

ock declares war

It’s weird to think of Doctor Octopus, a master chemist and expert at robotics, wanting to be a crime lord–but that’s what happens in these issues.

He’s still got some science skills, though.  In the sequence above he invents a serum to dissolve Spider-Man’s webbing.

Remarkable that nobody thought of that before.

Anyway, if you can buy the scientist-turned-crimelord concept, Doc Ock is a badass.

He and Hammerhead (first appearance in issue #113!) fight for control of the underworld, Peter Parker gets an ulcer (literally), and Spidey loses his mask.  It’s found by Daily Bugle editor Robbie Robertson’s son, Randy (first appearance!) who gives it to J. Jonah Jameson, who hangs it up on the wall.

Some great sound effects in this story. Like Chocko!…

And Thromp!

Hammerhead was created by Dr. Jonas Harrow, who debuts in this issue. Here’s the origin:

Anyway, Spider-Man reacts negatively when he finds out who his Aunt’s border is…


You have to love the details of the sidestories in Amazing Spider-Man.  That was truly Stan Lee’s genius. Anyhow, because he’s sick Spider-Man creates armor to help him defeat Octopus.  Which is cool–both of them have cybernetically enhanced limbs.

Also, Aunt May knocks Spidey out with a vase to stop him from hitting the doc.  Note the missing eye-lenses in Spider-Man’s mask, above. Typo!

aunt may moves in with doctor octopus

And then, in the end, she MOVES IN WITH DOCTOR OCTOPUS!!!!

Total rip-roaring early 1970s fun.

Also: Flash gets a dressing-down from Gwen.

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