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Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #77

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Melvin Potter, the owner of a costume shop, is interrupted by gunshots but chooses to ignore them. The gunshots are caused by three young criminals escaping after committing a robbery. In need of a hiding spot, they break into Melvin’s shop, where they recognize him as Daredevil’s enemy, the Gladiator. They force him to don the Gladiator costume at gunpoint. The commotion alerts the police who are unaware of the situation.

Meanwhile, Dr. Octopus, having repaired his mechanical arms, seeks revenge on Spider-Man and the injured Black Cat. Spider-Man confronts Dr. Octopus but fails to prevent him from harming Black Cat before escaping. Spider-Man refuses to move Black Cat to a more secure hospital, fearing it might worsen her condition.

On his way home, Spider-Man notices the police surrounding Melvin’s shop. The Gladiator, affected by blood loss and Spider-Man’s punch, hallucinates and attacks Spider-Man. In the midst of the battle, Spider-Man tries to reason with him and prevent further violence. Eventually, the Gladiator regains his senses and scares off the criminals before thanking Spider-Man for his assistance.

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    Bill Mantlo is a vastly underrated comic book writer. Too often, discussions of Bill’s Spider-Man work devolve into jokes about Razorback and the Hypno- Hustler or serve as nothing more than prefaces to a mention of the horrible accident that has left Bill severely impaired mentally. But, really, even at its worst, Bill’s work was always entertaining and his best stuff can hold its own against the best of any Spider-work. Think the original Carrion story or the first appearances of Cloak and Dagger or this run with this gem planted right in the middle of the classic Owl-Octopus war. Bill manages to keep the Doc Ock suspense up even as he tells a simple but affecting story of the Gladiator and his struggle to keep his nose clean. The art team of Al Milgrom and Jim Mooney is not one that sets your heart aflutter but they manage a strong style in this issue that is occasionally reminiscent of Frank Miller and Klaus Jansen. The cover is memorable and Shooter looks good as Dr. Doom. But the fat guy never does get a name. What’s up with that?

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