“The Amazing Spider-Man #9: The Man Called Electro!”
Written by: Stan Lee
Illustrated by: Steve Ditko
Lettered by: Art Simek
With his Aunt May gravely ill, Peter Parker has no other concerns. Fighting crime will have to take a backseat for the moment. Meanwhile, a brand new villain emerges in the form of Electro, whose true identity is not revealed. As his criminal moniker implies, he is electrically charged, not through a lab accident like so many other Spider-Man heels, but by his own invention. His first misdeed is knocking over an armored car.
Peter must check Aunt May into the hospital since she is dire need of an operation. The nature of her illness is not disclosed, so not to alarm the young readers. Peter attempts to continue with a normal routine, which still includes him getting teased at school by jerks like Flash Thompson.
Peter is still not worried about the criminal element in New York City, he wants to sell pictures to help defray the cost of Aunt May’s operation. Electro robs a bank, which has J. Jonah Jameson as a costumer. Jameson, ever the huckster, has the audacity to print in the Daily Bugle that Spider-Man is Electro without any real evidence. Citizens are torn as whether to condemn or defend Spider-Man. Peter does not get sidetracked by all this bad publicity and actually asks Jameson for loan, but is refused by the cheapskate.
Peter opts to collect on the reward for the capture of Electro. It takes Spider-Man time to track the scoundrel down, but his “spider-sense” eventually leads him to Electro, who is cracking a safe in a deserted apartment. Whether it was over confidence or distraction on a subconscious level due to Aunt May’s worsening condition, Spider-Man seemed off his game and was beaten down and knocked out cold by Electro.
Nowadays, the bad guy can emerge victorious, but it must be unsettling back in 1964 for the comic book’s key demographic, kids, to see their hero left in such a vulnerable state. They must have a had a tough week, waiting to see if and how Spider-Man could recover from this loss.
Electro, portrayed by Jamie Foxx, will be an antagonist in the next Spider-Man film.
Posted on September 23, 2013, in Marvel Comics, Spider-Man and tagged Aunt May, Electro, Flash Thompson, J. Jonah Jameson, Peter Parker, Spider-Man, Stan Lee, Steve Ditko. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.