With Uncle Ben dead due to Peter’s inactions, as seen in Amazing Fantasy #15, his problems are further compounded when he discovers his Aunt May is now struggling with paying the bills. Thus, Peter decides to go back into show business to earn some money. Unfortunately for Peter, J. Jonah Jameson of the Daily Bugle decides to go on a tirade against Spider-man, thus quashing his chances at show business. In addition, Peter decides to seek out the Fantastic Four in order to get a paying gig and soon finds himself being setup by the Chameleon, who uses Peter’s desperation to earn money against him.
Both the stories in this issue are pretty solid, with both of them hitting on Spider-man’s personal problems, particularly financial hardships and never fully being accepted by the public no matter how much good he does. In addition, the Chameleon is actually an interesting communist villain for once. Combine this with Ditko’s solid artwork and you have an excellent issue. In fact my only quibble is in the issue Peter Parker is referred to as Peter Palmer.
- Editor: Stan Lee
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko
- Writers: Stan Lee
- Pencilers: Steve Ditko
- Inkers: Steve Ditko
- Colorists: Andy Yanchus
- Letterers: John Duffy